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Fire breaks out at Van Drunen Farms facilities | 2022-01-04

MOMENCE, SICK. —Van Drunen Farms/VDF FutureCeuticals, Inc. customers should ask for updates on how a fire that broke out on the morning of Jan. 2 at Tuthill’s Momence plant will affect orders, said Brad Evers , Vice President of Sales. .

“We understand and appreciate that you may have questions and concerns about the impact of this situation on you and your existing purchase orders,” he said Jan. 2. “As this is a developing situation, we are not immediately aware of the specific impacts, but we are working diligently to gather and communicate details. We anticipate that these details will change as we learn more. more on the extent of the damage.

The Tuthill plant is a freeze-dried ingredient production and blending facility employing 123 people. As Van Drunen Farms/VDF FutureCeuticals has over one million square feet of manufacturing space in facilities around the world, the company will strive to implement redundancy and continuity plans. and will communicate regularly on updates, Mr. Evers said.

There were no injuries as no one was in the plant when the fire broke out. The cause of the fire and the extent of the damage have not yet been determined. The Momence Fire Department and other fire departments and emergency crews battled the blaze until late in the afternoon of January 2. Firefighters returned due to flare-ups after 6 p.m. on January 2 and then twice on the morning of January 3. according to The Momence Progress Reporter.