has resumed at Nichols Aluminum LLCs finishing plant in
Decatur, Ala., after a fire at the facility early Nov. 14,
company president D. Russ Brown said.
"We dont 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 didnt
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
werent accurate, according to Brown.
"They blow things up
as much as they can. I tend to ignore it," he said.
Nichols is assessing damage to the plant, but customers
shouldnt be impacted, Brown said. He wasnt certain
how long fire crews battled the fire, but said it was
The Decatur Fire and
Rescue department didnt respond to requests for
Nichols also suffered
a fire at its Lincolnshire, Ill., finishing plant in May (
amm.com, May 7).