Cal-Maine Foods facility suffers damage from fire
July 10, 2009
by FoodBusinessNews.net Staff
JACKSON, MISS. — An egg complex owned and operated by Cal-Maine Foods, Inc. in Farwell, Texas, was damaged in a fire on July 9.
The fire destroyed four layer houses with additional losses of laying hens at a fifth house due to smoke. The Farwell facility has a processing plant, feed mill, two pullet houses and nine layer houses altogether.
There were no injuries, and an investigation is ongoing to determine the cause of the fire.
"We are very fortunate that this fire occurred at the end of the work day, and there were no personal injuries sustained," said Fred Adams, chairman and chief executive officer. "At this time, we are still assessing the total extent of the damage caused by this accident. However, we believe this will have minimal financial impact on our operations and do not expect any long-term disruption to our customers."
The Farwell facility may house up the 1.5 million laying hens.