KINSTON, N.C. – August 30, 2010 – Butterball, LLC's Kinston, N.C. slicing facility suffered extensive damage by fire this afternoon. All employees were safely evacuated.
"The Kinston facility employees reacted in a professional and very prompt manner resulting in the safe evacuation of all employees. Butterball conducts numerous drills throughout the year to prepare in case of such incidents," said Brian Rodgers, director of safety and risk management at Butterball. "We are happy to report that there are no injuries resulting from the incident."
Despite the quick action on part of the local emergency response teams, it is believed that the fire damaged the entire facility. Butterball will work with authorities to investigate the cause of the fire.
Employees of the facility have been provided a call-in number with information on a meeting to be held tomorrow in the Kinston area. The meeting will provide information on employee assistance, compensation, and work schedules and opportunities.
About Butterball, LLC:
Butterball, LLC is the largest producer of turkey products in the United States. Headquartered in Garner, N.C., Butterball produces more than 1 billion pounds of turkey each year, and the company supplies its products to more than 30 countries. The industry leader has seven plants located throughout the United States.