KENSINGTON, GA. - A fire of undetermined origin swept through a Kensington warehouse July 24, destroying about 5 million pounds of recycled PET made by Image Industries Inc. There were no injuries in the blaze in the leased warehouse, and the contents were fully insured, according to a company statement.
The destroyed material was only a small portion of the recycled PET the company has on hand in warehouses at several locations.
The warehouse is about 30 miles from Image's recycled resin plant in Summerville, Ga., and the company said there would be no production interruption.
Image recently completed a 90,000-square-foot addition to its Summerville plant, which should be in production by September.
Paul Meredith, vice president for the Armuchee, Ga.-based polyester fiber, flake and pellet maker, said the expansion was begun last year, and will be the focal point for a companywide program aimed at expanding its PET scrap buying system.
``Faced with continuing strong demand for post-consumer PET, we are putting more people out in the field to secure supplies of raw material and adding the capability to process commingledPET,'' Meredith said.
The latter move will be accomplished by adding a third auto-mated sorting line in the Summerville plant. Meredith said the line will have the flexibility to sort bottles by resin type and color.
The plant's capacity is about 25 million pounds per year. The firm also operates another washing and grinding facility in Lyerly, Ga., and a 40,000-square-foot fiber extrusion plant adjacent to the Summerville facility.
Image is one of the largest recyclers of PET in North America, reprocessing more than 100 million pounds per year. The recycled product is used in Image's carpet manufacturing operations, and resold into other markets.