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Amalgamated Sugar Factory works to recover from the March fire

Updated: Jun. 10, 2021 at 7:19 PM MDT
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TWIN FALLS, Idaho (KMVT/KSVT) — When a fire broke out at the Amalgamated Sugar Factory on March 27., Amalgamated Sugar Factory employees had to immediately come up with a plan on how to proceed.

“We didn’t really have time to process everything, so in order to get everything moving quickly, the team just came together quickly, and rapidly put together an action plan,” said Ian Kihara, the plant manager.

After determining that the storage building was able to be saved, they coordinated with local contractors and builders and began the demolition phase of the project.

“We’ve got a crew of about 13 guys out there right now with lifts and cranes taking off the damaged material and getting rid of that,” said Eric Hunsaker, a shift mechanical supervisor. “And we are actually storing the new material as it comes in, as our vendors are able to get it to us, we are stacking it up and stockpiling it, to where once we get all the old stuff removed, make sure we have made all the repairs and then go right back up with it.”

They are thankful the fire didn’t cause more damage, and that they don’t have to completely tear the storage facility down.

“Luckily the facility was in better shape than anticipated, we are having to replace parts and pieces of it, but we are not having to do a complete teardown and rebuild, so we are much better off than anticipated,” said Kihara.

Harvest season begins on September 2., which means they will be working around the clock until then.

“It’s just been a huge group effort to make this all come together, and make it come out, and we are looking at hitting it on time, we are going to get it done,” said Hunsaker.

They also would like to thank the entire Magic Valley Community for their support and help during and after the fire.

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