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Fire destroys AZZ hot-dip facility

Keywords: Tags  AZZ, Galvanizing Services, Joliet, Illinois, East Joliet Fire Protection District, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives ATF

NEW YORK — A massive fire has halted operations at one of AZZ Inc.’s hot-dip galvanizing facilities in Illinois.

Local news reports described AZZ’s 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 Monday morning.

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 company’s $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.

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