Purina feed facility damaged by fire to be rebuilt

Purina Animal Nutrition and Commodity Resource Corp. are planning to rebuild a feed manufacturing facility and dry fertilizer distribution center in Caledonia, New York, that was destroyed by a fire in late 2014.

Purina Animal Nutrition and Commodity Resource Corp. are planning to rebuild a feed manufacturing facility and dry fertilizer distribution center in Caledonia, New York, that was destroyed by a fire in late 2014.

“We know the last 10 months have been difficult for everyone, especially our employees and customers,” Brian Gier, Purina’s vice president of feed sales, told the Rochester Democrat & Chronicle. “We support construction of this state-of-the art facility because we are committed to our employees, the community and meeting our customers’ needs.”

The feed facility fire was reported on November 1, 2014 and may have burned for several days as a result of spontaneous combustion of grain. None of the plant employees were injured in the fire, according to reports, but one firefighter did suffer a knee injury while bringing the fire under control.

Efforts to rebuild the plant are expected to begin this fall, with the new facility expected to be completed in early 2017.

The facility, which sits on 86 acres, is owned by the Commodity Resource Corp., headquartered in Caledonia. For more than ten years, the property has been leased by Purina Animal Nutrition, a subsidiary of Land O’Lakes, headquartered in Arden Hills, Minnesota. 

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