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Published: Sunday, 11/20/2011

Recycler aiming to reopen at new plant midweek

BLADE STAFF

The chief executive officer of a recycling company whose Findlay plant was destroyed by fire Friday morning said he hopes to resume operations at a temporary site sometime midweek.

John Graham of g2 Revolution said Saturday the company's 45,000-square-foot building was a total loss.

He said it is believed the fire began sometime after 8:30 a.m. Friday and quickly consumed the building, fueled by high winds.

All 15 of the company's employees left the scene safely, he said.

"It was windy that day," he said. "The wind fanned the flames beyond control."

The Findlay Fire Department responded to the blaze, which remains under investigation.

Portions of neighboring roads were shut down Friday but were reopened Saturday morning.

The company collects and sorts recyclable material, including plastic and glass bottles, cardboard, and plastic bags. The company also takes in hand soaps and various fragrances for recycling.

Mr. Graham said that the state and federal Environmental Protection Agencies were on site to ensure water-run-off did not cause pollution. He said he was not made aware of any problems or concerns.

The company has locations across the country, including in Sylvania. The Findlay site was opened in January, Mr. Graham said.

He added that fire officials indicated the building may be accessible within the next few days to determine if any equipment is salvageable.

"We will be in a temporary location no later than midweek … until we find a permanent home back in the Findlay area," he said.



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