Bonduelle plant set to restart food production
Tuesday, July 22, 2014
The Windsor Star/Derek Spalding
Workers at the Tecumseh vegetable processing plant nearly destroyed by a massive fire on Friday could be canning peas as early as Wednesday, company officials confirmed Monday.
Six warehouses at the Bonduelle site were destroyed in the blaze that is now estimated to have caused $40 to $50 million in damages, but repair crews are on site feverishly working to get as much of the plant operating as possible.
Structural and mechanical engineers were evaluating the extent of the damage, while building and electrical contractors helped assess damage and do repairs, said Robert Anderson, vice president for Bonduelle Ontario and US operations.
nderson met with many of the 200 full-time employees Monday afternoon to update them on the activities at the plant and let them know they could be back to work in the coming days.
“The good news is: We have scheduled plant start-up on the canning lines for this Wednesday at noon,” He told news media. “That’s not set in stone. We still have a lot of work to do, but that’s our target.”