Pactiv plant reopens after massive fire | News
The Pactiv Plant on airport drive has reopened one year after a massive fire destroyed much of it.
The company, staff, and members of the local business community celebrated with a ribbon cutting.
The plant makes egg cartons out of recycled pulp materials.
A representative from the company tells us the plant is taking preventative measures in the new facility to make the new buildings safer.
They say they have put in firewalls to separate finished goods from manufacturing and have added what they call ember detection systems to sense fires at their earliest stage.
Glenn Allen, a spokesman for the Georgia State Fire Marshal's office, said the fire apparently started by hot egg-carton materials combusting spontaneously.
Twenty to thirty employees were believed to be inside at the time.
No one was hurt.
James Burr, the plant manager expressed thanks for the help the company received during and after the fire.
"Macon-Bibb County Fire Department did a fantastic job, during the fire and post-fire as well, so great job with those guys," he said.
Pactiv says everyone who was working at the plant before the fire was either offered, or is in the process of being offered a job at the rebuilt plant or another Pactiv Facility.