Factory fire stemmed by sprinklers
A blaze at a Colorado wood-pellet plant is all but extinguished by the automatic sprinkler system.
When a fire touched off in Confluence Energy’s wood-pellet plant in Kremmling, Colo., one early Saturday morning in October, it got hot enough to damage insulation on the roof. However, because the sprinkler system kicked in quickly, the fire was nearly contained by the time the local fire department arrived on the scene.
According to Kremmling fire chief Tony Tucker, the fire—which most likely started in the drying area—was largely contained to the plant’s internal equipment. “You can’t see any physical damage from the exterior,” said Tucker. “It looks just like it did from a week ago.” No injuries were reported as a result of the fire.
The factory opened shop in August to manufacture Eco-Flame Pellets; made from beetle-killed trees from around the state, the pellets are designed to be used in heating and renewable energy production.
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Annual Salary Survey
Before the calendar turned, 2016 already had the makings of a pivotal year for manufacturing, and for the world.
There were the big events for the year, including the United States as Partner Country at Hannover Messe in April and the 2016 International Manufacturing Technology Show in Chicago in September. There's also the matter of the U.S. presidential elections in November, which promise to shape policy in manufacturing for years to come.
But the year started with global economic turmoil, as a slowdown in Chinese manufacturing triggered a worldwide stock hiccup that sent values plummeting. The continued plunge in world oil prices has resulted in a slowdown in exploration and, by extension, the manufacture of exploration equipment.
Read more: 2015 Salary Survey