Fire broke out Friday, May 1, around 4:30 p.m. in the Feed Energy plant in Sioux City, Iowa.
In a note to customers and vendors issued Monday, May 4, Feed Energy CEO Chris Snyder said damage from the fire was being assessed and cause was still under investigation. He noted plans are underway to get the facility back up and running.
In the meantime, the company will utilize its plant in Des Moines, Iowa. “We have contingency and continuity plans in place in case of an emergency like this, so we will be shifting processing and orders to our Des Moines, Iowa, plant,” said Snyder. He added that the company is confident it can meet the needs of its customers and vendors going forward.
The liquid in the tanks that were damaged was vegetable oil, which is used in poultry and swine feeds.
Several workers were at the facility when the fire began, but no one was seriously hurt.
“I want to thank the sales, logistics and strategy teams. They have not missed a beat. I am confident our vendors and customers will notice nothing – except a phenomenal commitment to service,” said Feed Energy chairman of the board Bob Riley.
“While I am very sorry for the Sioux City fire, I am grateful none of our teammates or first responders were hurt. We will assess the situation, develop a recovery plan and then execute on that plan. Like they have always done, I saw our team members from both Des Moines and Sioux City rise to the occasion, and I know they will do whatever is necessary to get our company through this challenging event, said Snyder.
Feed Energy is a manufacturer of energy and nutraceutical ingredients for animal nutrition and innovative products for crops and plants. Established in 1987, Feed Energy is a family-owned company based in Pleasant Hill, Iowa, with manufacturing facilities in Des Moines and Sioux City.