SPRINGDALE, ARK. — Advanced Environmental Recycling Technologies Inc. has experienced its second fire in as many weeks.
A silo exploded at an AERT plant in Lowell, Ark., on July 25, followed by two fires at the site.
According to Springdale-based AERT, a silo ruptured at the recycling facility at 7:18 a.m. and roof tiles popped off, as designed, due to pressure buildup.
Firefighters secured the site and extinguished the material inside the silo by noon. At 3:50 p.m., the material reignited. The Lowell Fire Department returned and extinguished the fire, according to a company statement.
There were no injuries.
The plant was evacuated as a safety precaution and should resume normal operations soon, AERT said.
On July 17, one worker was killed and two injured in a fire at one of AERT's Springdale plants.
According to local news reports, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration in Little Rock, Ark., is investing both fires.
AERT makes wood-plastic decking and other composite building materials from recycled polyethylene plastics. Its product lines include ChoiceDek and MoistureShield.
The company had sales of $74.6 million in 2012.
AERT has had several fires over the years. A dust explosion blew the roof off a silo at another AERT Springdale plant last year, and a Springdale plant also experienced a minor fire in 2008. An AERT facility in Junction, Texas, was destroyed by fire in early 2003. From 1993-1997, five fires were reported at AERT facilities, two of which were declared arsons.