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Fiberboard plant ramping up production after fire

Published On: Jul 08 2014 11:12:03 AM CDT
Columbia Falls, MT -

Plum Creek Timber Co. officials say they hope to return the company's fiberboard plant in Columbia Falls to full production this week, about a month after an explosion and fire shut it down.

Tom Ray, a Plum Creek vice president, tells The Daily Inter Lake that the plant started its No. 2 production line a week ago. The line, built in 2001, manufactures fiberboard that's one-tenth of an inch thick.

Crews were still working to return the No. 1 line to full production. It produces fiberboard up to 1.25 inches thick.

A bearing failure on a raw material feed line triggered a series of explosions in the ductwork of the plant on June 10, starting a large fire. No one was injured.

The plant has about 180 employees.

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