Imperial Sugar to rebuild damaged refinery

by Eric Schroeder
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SUGAR LAND, TEXAS — The board of directors of the Imperial Sugar Co. on Friday said it intends to rebuild the parts of its Port Wentworth, Ga., refinery that were damaged in a Feb. 7 explosion. "The board’s action is a key milestone in our plans to bring the Port Wentworth refinery back on line and to reestablish the packaging capacity destroyed in early February," said John Sheptor, president and chief executive officer. "Engaging outside resources to complete the engineering developed by our internal staff should allow us to stay on track to restart bulk sugar production this calendar year." Mr. Sheptor said the company expects full restoration of packaging capabilities to be completed in the next 12 to 18 months.

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