Three workers were injured Oct. 17 in an early morning fire at Polymer Partners LLC, a specialty compounder in Henderson, Ky.
Two of the workers - Jerry Embry and Kim Westmoreland - were treated and released from Methodist Hospital in Henderson.
The third employee, Floyd Brogden, was in serious condition Oct. 17, according to a hospital spokeswoman. The hospital declined to provide further information on Brogden when contacted Oct. 18.
Henderson Fire Chief Terry Lewis said the fire started about 4:30 a.m. when employees were changing resin types on an extruder.
``The new material was apparently too hot for the mixer, and it ignited when it was dropped into the extruder,'' Lewis said.
Polymer Partners remained open Oct. 17. Production and shipments to customers were not affected, according to company spokesman John Kaziow.
Kaziow described the fire, which was under control within an hour, as ``an isolated incident'' and said the site ``has a good safety record.''
Lewis estimated damage from the fire at $25,000, but Kaziow said that number was too high, and actual repairs will cost only ``a couple of hundred dollars.''
The firm operates at least four extrusion lines in a 70,000-square-foot building, primarily producing black masterbatches based on polyethylene, polypropylene, ABS and other materials.
Polymer Partners is owned by Mangox Specialty Products, a Tampa, Fla.-based firm that owns several specialty chemical and color pigment companies.