A March 30 steam-boiler explosion outside an Intertape Polymer Group Inc. plant in Columbia killed one worker and shut down the facility for several days.
The plant makes retail adhesive tape products, such as cloth and paper tapes, and stencil products. Intertape expanded its South Carolina operations in early 2004 after buying the retail tape assets of Tesa Tape Inc.
On the evening of March 30, a boiler exploded in an external steam-generation unit, the company said in a news release. Though there was no damage to the production facility, one worker was killed. The worker, Tommy Jarvis, 47, died at the scene.
No other workers were injured. Intertape investor-relations officials did not return a telephone call seeking further comment.
The cause of the explosion is under investigation, said both Intertape and officials with the Columbia Fire Department. Intertape temporarily shifted some production to other facilities, the company said. Power was expected to be restored to the plant by early the week of April 4. The customer service center also was to reopen April 4, the company said.
Intertape, based in Montreal and with U.S. headquarters in Bradenton, Fla., recorded 2004 sales of $692.4 million, an increase of 11.4 percent from the year before.