An April 5 explosion and fire closed foam processor Bremen Corp.'s plant.
Officials determined the explosion and fire were accidental, caused by a combination of various ignition sources and volatile manufacturing chemicals. Damage was estimated at about $5 million, according to a Bremen Police Department statement issued April 7.
Two employees were treated at local hospitals after emergency personnel were dispatched to the site at 7:48 a.m., police said. Local newspaper reports indicate the facility employs about 45.
Employees in an adjacent factory run by Bremen Technologies felt the blast and evacuated their building. The operation, a producer of fiberglass-reinforced- plastic vehicle conversion components such as running boards and spoilers, was closed April 5 but resumed production the next day, a spokesman said. None of the 65 employees there was hurt. Bremen Technologies also operates four other FRP and vacuum forming facilities.
The incident was investigated by Bremen's fire and police departments, the Indiana state fire marshal and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.