NEW YORK A massive fire
has halted operations at one of AZZ Inc.s hot-dip
galvanizing facilities in Illinois.
Local news reports described
AZZs galvanizing services plant in Joliet as "destroyed"
and "reduced to rubble." The fire, which started at the
facility early Sunday, is now under control, a spokesman from
the East Joliet Fire Protection District told AMM
The fire district spokesman
declined to comment further, other than to say that the Bureau
of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) had started
an investigation into the cause of the fire.
A spokesman for AZZ confirmed
reports of the fire but declined to comment further on the
possible cause or reported damage.
The Fort Worth, Texas-based
company has 34 galvanizing services locations in the United
States, including three in Illinois, according to its website.
Net sales at those 34 locations accounted for $279.9 million of
the companys $469.1 million in total revenue in fiscal
2011, the company said when it reported earnings in early April
(AMM, April 9).
In an unrelated announcement Monday, the company said it
entered into an agreement to acquire all of the assets of
Nuclear Logistics Inc., an electrical and mechanical equipment
and services company that is also based in Fort Worth.