No one was hurt when a fire in the powder coating section of the Husqvarna plant in Orangeburg, SC, temporarily stopped halted production on Tuesday of this week, according to The Times and Democrat. Article author Gene Zaleski of thetandd.com reported that all employees evacuated safely but the plant suffered about $50,000 in damage to a power coating booth and $50,000 in damage to the roof of the building.
The Orangeburg plant has had problems in the last 18 months assimilating the production of zero-turn lawn mowers from Husqvarna's Beatrice, NE plant, which closed at the end of 2010. Orangeburg has been in operation since the 1970s and also produces garden tractors, tillers, and other outdoor power equipment.
Husqvarna Group reported that the Orangeburg problems had a negative impact on 2011 operating income, attributing $61 million in expenses to costs related to manufacturing problems at the plant.
The damage was apparently isolated to one of three powder coating machines and to the roof, Capt. Mike Adams of the Orangeburg Department of Public Safety. He told the media outlet that the fire was not suspicious and was put out within 40 minutes.
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