GREENWOOD, S.C. - After a fire destroyed its facility, Synthetics International Inc. of Greenwood is rebuilding its nylon reprocessing business at the site of a sister company in Greenwood. The fire apparently started in waste material on a loading dock, and spread throughout the 75,000-square-foot plant in the early hours of May 4, according to Herbert Vaughn, director of emergency preparedness for Greenwood County, S.C. The fire eventually caused explosions of propane fuel tanks on several forklift trucks, Vaughn said.
Despite the size of the blaze and the minor explosions, Vaughn said the fire caused only minor injuries to one firefighter.
Bob Berta, general counsel for the company, said in a May 25 telephone interview from his office in Southport, Conn., that SII is building a 68,000-square-foot facility on property owned by NSO Resins, a sister company in Greenwood that brokers nylon resins.
The firm hopes to resume limited production by early July, and hopes to begin production in its new building by Aug. 21, Berta said.
SII salvaged a 3-year-old, twin-screw extruder from the ruins of the old building, and intends to buy a second twin-screw extruder, Berta said. One new twin-screw extruder was lost in the fire, he said.
Berta said the company had the capacity to process 35 million pounds of nylon 6 and nylon 6/6 a year. The company will increase its production capacity through improvements installed in the rebuilding, he said.