Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Cause Of Small Fire At MGP Of Indiana Still Not Known

Here is some additional information about the fire we reported on yesterday at MGP of Indiana.

According to an announcement by the company, their distillery in Lawrenceburg, Indiana, experienced a small fire that occurred shortly after 3 p.m. on Monday. Injuries were sustained by two contract workers, who were taken to local hospitals where they were treated and released. The cause of the incident and the total extent of damage are still being assessed.

The fire was in the company’s distillers feed operations. Damage was restricted to equipment used to dry spent mash, a by-product of the distilling process, which is sold for use as a high protein livestock feed supplement.

The structural integrity of the building did not appear to be harmed. Products being stored in nearby warehouses were not affected. “Although this accident has momentarily disrupted our distillery operations in Lawrenceburg, we do not anticipate any significant impact on our business or on our ability to effectively supply customers,” said Randy Schrick, interim co-chief executive officer. “We are grateful for the prompt treatment that the injured workers received, as well as the alertness of our employees when the incident occurred. MGP has a long track record and strong commitment in regard to workplace safety.”

Schrick also commended local firefighters for their immediate response to the situation.

Distillery fires are particularly dangerous due to the extreme flammability of the alcohol produced and stored there.

The Lawrenceburg distillery makes alcohol products for both beverage and industrial uses. MGP purchased the facility in 2011.

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