An explosion at a company in Rancho Santa Margarita, Calif., killed two people last night and injured two others. This report on The Orange County Register's Web site, says officials suspect it was caused by an industrial water heater. The company is Solus Industrial Innovation, described in news reports as a plastics manufacturing plant. Details on the company's plastics operations aren't currently available, but they apparently include plastics machining. Photos of the blast damage, available in a slide show on the newspaper's Web site, hint at the force of the explosion -- the facade and back wall of the plant are damaged, and there are pieces of the roof scattered around the building. The incident happened just after 11:30 p.m. local time on March 19. According to ThomasNet, Solus Industrial makes conveyor chains, conveyor specialty chains, chain tracks, sprockets & chain guiding, bearings, conveyor guide rails, low friction bead guides, UHMW rail profiles, conveyor brackets, conveyor rollers, levelers, bipods & tripods, machine guards, and machined plastics. The Cincinnati, Ohio, Business Courier reported on Feb. 27 that Emerson Power Transmission had made a tentative decision to relocate Solus operations from Rancho Santa Margarita to Florence, Ky. Solus is part of System Plast SpA, an Italian company that Emerson Industrial Automation bought in December, according to the report. Watch our Web site for updates.
Explosion kills 2 in Orange County, Calif.
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