Food Processing Plant Fire in Nebraska Causes $2M Loss

March 2, 2020

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Food Processing Plant Fire in Nebraska Causes $2M Loss
A large fire was reported at a Michael Foods processing plant in Nebraska. Representative image. Image courtesy of Pixabay

A massive fire broke out at the Michael Foods egg processing plant in Bloomfield, NE last Wednesday, killing about 400,000 chickens at the site, local news organizations reported.

Emergency personnel from a number of local, regional, and state agencies were dispatched to the facility on Highway 84 at about 5:15 p.m. after a 911 caller reported the fire, the Knox County Sheriff’s Office said in a post to its Facebook page.

Nebraska State Senator Tim Gragert told news radio station KOLN that a structure containing about 400,000 chickens was burned during the incident.

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St. Louis-based Post Holdings, Michael Foods’ parent company, said in a statement last Thursday that the fire affected under 5% of Michael Foods’ internal and external layer network. The company expects losses from damages to the structure and disruptions to the business to total $2.5 million. 

Workers evacuated the plant during the incident and no injuries were logged, according to Post.

Post Holdings invested $84 million in February 2018 to build a new, 150,000-sq-ft egg processing plant in Norwalk, IA that will be operated by Michael FoodsPowder & Bulk Solids reported.

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