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Nichols’ Ala. finishing plant restarts production

Keywords: Tags  Nichols Aluminum, D. Russ Brown, Decatur plant, aluminum sheet, finishing plant, plant fire, Michael Cowden


CHICAGO — Work has resumed at Nichols Aluminum LLC’s finishing plant in Decatur, Ala., after a fire at the facility early Nov. 14, company president D. Russ Brown said.

"We don’t think it is going to affect us adversely from a production standpoint," he told AMM.

The fire broke out toward the end of the night shift, after 4 a.m., according to Brown, noting that some 20 to 30 workers on the shift were evacuated and none were injured.

The Decatur plant employs about 100 people, and workers were back on the job in the afternoon cleaning up the impacted area of the plant and running equipment elsewhere in the facility, Brown said.

"While we didn’t start on time (Nov. 14), we certainly have everyone back there now working," he said.

Local media reports indicating that the facility was heavily damaged by the fire weren’t accurate, according to Brown.

"They blow things up as much as they can. I tend to ignore it," he said.

Davenport, Iowa-based Nichols is assessing damage to the plant, but customers shouldn’t be impacted, Brown said. He wasn’t certain how long fire crews battled the fire, but said it was extinguished quickly.

The Decatur Fire and Rescue department didn’t respond to requests for comment.

Nichols also suffered a fire at its Lincolnshire, Ill., finishing plant in May (amm.com, May 7).


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