Thursday, March 24, 2011
The company is still weeks away from resuming operations, according to a statement.
Bostik Inc. employees began returning to work at the Middleton adhesives plant Thursday, while cleanup efforts continue after the March 13 explosion and fire, the company announced. Some employees returned to the site several days ago, as cleanup efforts began Saturday, the company said in a statement Thursday. All employees have been advised to report for work Monday, the company said. Cleanup efforts are ongoing, with an immediate focus on restoring steam, electricity, gas and information technology capabilities, the company said. Some of those services have been restored in the past 24 hours. Workers also are assessing the condition of the plant's equipment, raw materials and finished goods. "I must stress this does not mean we will be …
Monday, March 21, 2011
An investigation into the March 13 explosion continues.
Cleanup efforts at Bostik Inc. in Middleton began Saturday, a week after an explosion and fire tore through the adhesive manufacturing plant and injured four employees. Bostik workers and contractors began securing and removing loose materials and debris as a safety precaution for investigators and cleanup crews, the company said in a statement Monday. Workers are following requirements for the removal of hazardous debris, sealing windows and skylights, and assessing site inventory, the company said. "This cleanup phase of our incident response puts us on the path toward eventual re-opening of this important facility," Bill Campbell, Bostik's president and CEO, said in the statement. "However, there is much significant work to be done to …
Sunday, March 20, 2011
A look back at the week that was in North Reading.
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Friday, March 18, 2011
The company urges residents to call the toll-free number to report any damage that may have resulted from Sunday's explosion, which remains under investigation.
Bostik Inc. has established a toll-free number for property owners to report potential damage from an explosion and four-alarm fire that rocked the Middleton plant Sunday night, the company announced in a statement Thursday afternoon. Area residents and property owners may call 1-866-242-1802 to report potential damage. "Getting information out in a timely way and making it easier for people with concerns to contact us directly is part of our current focus," Bostik Inc. President and CEO Bill Campbell said in a statement. "If people have a claim or any concern, we want to know sooner than later so that we can address it." Crews from across the North Shore responded to the Middleton adhesive and sealant plant shortly after 7:30 p.m. Sunday …
Tuesday, March 15, 2011
House minority leader toured the damaged Bostik plant in Middleton on Monday and said the situation could have been much worse.
Emergency response protocols and training, some of which were instituted after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, worked during Sunday night's explosion at the Bostik Inc. plant in Middleton, state Rep. Bradley H. Jones Jr. said after touring the damage. Jones, the House Republican leader from North Reading whose district includes the area around the plant, toured the site with state Rep. Brad Hill on Monday. In an interview at his State House office on Tuesday, Jones said public-safety agencies from across the North Shore appeared to have responded by the book Sunday night. "One of the interesting things for me to observe was how professionally all the agencies seemed to interact," Jones said. "There were protocols in place on who to call." …
Monday, March 14, 2011
State fire marshal says plant shut down as investigation into cause continues.
Fire officials say the Bostik plant explosion Sunday night has not adversely impacted air or water quality after several tests were conducted by Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection staff. "There has never been any issues with air or water quality," said Frank Twiss, Middleton's fire chief and emergency management director. He added that the cause of the explosion that injured four employees is still under investigation. Twiss was joined by State Fire Marshal Stephen Coan, Middleton Police Chief James DiGianvittorio, town Public Health Director Derek Fullerton, Town Administrator Ira Singer and two Bostik Plant officials, General Manager Rich Dautilio and plant manager Nat Weiner, at a Monday afternoon press conference. …
Crews from across the North Shore and the state responded to the Bostik explosion in Middleton Sunday night.
Local and state agencies responded to Middleton Sunday night after there was an explosion at the Bostik chemical plant in Middleton that was felt across the North Shore. Four were injured in the explosion. Officials said none of the injuries were life-threatening. Officials said air quality was not compromised; water in the area was still being inspected for contamination. There were no evacuations to area homes. The cause of the explosion is still under investigation. The North Reading Fire Department provided mutual aid at the scene. Officers from the North Reading Police Department assisted with traffic control on Route 62 at the Middleton border.
State and local agencies are still investigating the Bostik explosion and monitoring for potential environmental risks.
An explosion that could be felt across the North Shore rocked the Bostik adhesive and sealant plant in Middleton on Sunday night, sending four employees to the hospital with what officials are calling non-life threatening injuries. State Fire Marshal Stephen Coan said the incident sparked a "level 3" hazmat situation. Firefighters from several surrounding communities and throughout the North Shore, including North Reading, Lynnfield, Peabody, Salem and Beverly, responded to the scene. Crews found a "heavy volume of fire" upon arrival shortly after 7:30 p.m., and it took between 40-50 minutes to put out, said Middleton Fire Chief Frank Twiss. Air quality tests showed no reason for concern after the explosion, Twiss said. Officials will …
Explosion sent four people to the hospital Sunday night and caused many firefighters from the North Shore to respond to the four-alarm incident.
Middleton public safety officials are saying there is no reason for concern after an explosion rocked the Bostik chemical plant on Boston Street in that town Sunday night. Air quality tests have been performed and there is no issue. However, they are also asking nearby residents to stay indoors and keep doors and windows closed. Health officials are monitoring the nearby Ipswich River to see if any chemicals were released into the riverway, said Middleton Fire Chief Frank Twiss. The cause of the explosion is under investigation. It is uncertain what chemicals were involved, said Twiss. Middleton firefighters responded to a scene at 7:39 p.m. after reports of an explosion. People all over the North Shore reported hearing the explosion and …