The owner of a plastics recycling plant destroyed in a fire vows he will rebuild the business.
“Now we're at the information-gathering stage,” said Clair Angland, owner of Reprocessed Plastics Inc. of Garfield, Minn. “We intend to rebuild completely,” he said in a March 20 interview.
Angland said a piece of equipment overheated, causing the blaze. The issue will be among many investigated in insurance adjustments.
“We're now temporarily in another building at the site, and building inventory,” Angland said. “Our extruder is not running but we will have milling and fabrication up” the week of March 26.
Full operation should resume within a few months, he said. The company uses regrind post-industrial and post-consumer high density polyethylene regrind, so sources of resin should not be affected. Although not all customers will get product on time, he said, RPI will continue supplying key accounts from inventory and temporary production.
Angland bought the business in 2004, diversifying from its main marine markets into other applications. Its main products are extruded sheet, thermoformed products and fabricated goods. It also makes a limited amount of extruded decking. His firm also does business as Recycled Plastics.
Angland estimates damages at $2 million to $3 million. No workers were injured in the March 14 blaze.