Cal-Maine facility burns; no one injured

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Published: July 20,2009

Tags: Cal-Maine Foods Inc., fire, JACKSON

JACKSON —  Cal-Maine Foods Inc.’s egg complex in Farwell, Texas, was damaged by a fire July 9. The 700-acre facility includes a processing plant, feed mill, two pullet houses and nine layer houses.

The fire completely destroyed four of the nine layer houses, with additional loss of laying hens at a fifth house due to smoke inhalation. There were no personal injuries sustained and minimal physical damage to the rest of the complex. An investigation is underway to determine the origin of the fire.

At capacity, the Farwell complex can house up to 1.5 million laying hens and currently accounts for approximately three to four percent of the company’s weekly production. All of Cal-Maine’s facilities are fully insured for their replacement value, including the estimated loss of production, the company reports.

Fred Adams, chairman and CEO of Cal-Maine said, “We are very fortunate that this fire occurred at the end of the work day and there were no personal injuries sustained.”

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