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Monday, March 24, 2008

Cargill Faces New Type of Fire, Fire

Cargill Inc. has definitely had a crash course in serious fire drills.  First, they had to deal with one of the largest meat recalls in US history.

This weekend they had to deal with a fire of a different nature.  A literal fire in an Arkansas meat packing plant that had just completed an expansion appears to have devastated the plant.

Workers were welding fans in the plant. Their work had been completed and tools put away and something ignited and triggered a fire that destroyed the plant.

The company is not the only one to be negatively impacted by this recent fire.  The town where the plant was located is likely to see most of its 4,000 employees laid off and pushed to the unemployment line losing health insurance, benefits, travel health insurance and much more.  The meat packing plant was one of the only economic lifelines for the small town.