A fire that broke out in the early hours of August 30 at Imperial Zinc’s Chicago plant has affected production at the facility.
The company did not respond to Davis Index’s queries but sources indicate that the impact on its capacity and production is minimal.
According to media reports, no injuries were reported, but the roof collapsed due to the blaze causing damage to the plant’s stocks. The Chicago Fire Department said that it had responded to the call at around 12:30am on August 30 but had to call for HAZMAT teams to help control the blaze because of the presence of chemicals at the facility in South Side Chicago.
The company’s website states that the plant has the capacity to produce around 68038.85mt (75,000 tons) of zinc anodes and zinc alloys per year. The 100,000 sq ft. facility houses 12 truck docks. The facility also recycles zinc scrap back into ingots and sows for customers through 12 scrap processing furnaces.