Crews battling fire at Moorhead egg carton plantMOORHEAD – Fire crews are responding to heavy smoke and a fire at an egg carton production plant in the city’s south-side industrial park.
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MOORHEAD – Fire crews are responding to heavy smoke and a fire at an egg carton production plant in the city’s south-side industrial park.
Heavy smoke is billowing from inside the Pactiv Advanced Packaging Solutions building up through the roof. Details about the fire were not immediately available.
About 100 employees who have been evacuated from Pactiv are standing outside the building. Supervisors have told them they can go home if parked on the north side of the building and can drive away without running over a fire hose. Other workers are being asked to call a friend for a ride home.
Fire fighters from Moorhead and Dilworth, police from Moorhead and Clay County deputies were on scene at the fire, which was reported shortly after 3 p.m.
Check back for an update on this developing story.
Some background on the company and the building:
*The building that houses the Pactiv plant was built in 1993, when it was known as the Envirosys egg carton production plant.
*The facility was constructed with the help of a $13.6 million loan from the city of Moorhead, which ended up seizing the property and selling it to Tenneco/Pactiv for $9.5 million in 1996.
*Pactiv became a stand-alone company about three years later and the plant was expanded, doubling in size from 55,000 square feet to 110,000 square feet.
*About two years ago, a 20,000-square-foot expansion was begun at a cost of between $5 million and $8.5 million.
*In 2010, the plant was producing 250 million egg cartons a year, mostly from recycled newspapers.
*Also at that time, the plant employed about 145 people and occupied about seven acres of a 17-acre site at 3010 42nd St. S., in the Moorhead industrial park.