In less than nine months, the return of the Tiger-Sul Atmore, Alabama, plant is now complete with full resumption of Sulphur Bentonite production. Tiger-Sul lost production capabilities at Atmore when a lightning strike caused a fire at the plant in July 2017.
This marks the final milestone in a methodical, staged approach that Tiger-Sul management and operations teams implemented to return Atmore to full production:
August, 2017 – warehousing operations resumed.
September, 2017 – rail-unloading, storage and truck shipments of molten sulphur resumed.
November, 2017 – partial Sulphur Bentonite production operations began.
Throughout the process, Tiger-Sul continued to service its customers and fulfill their orders through the company’s plants in Stockton, California, and Irricana, Alberta, as well as from inventory that existed at Atmore prior to the fire. The newly constructed, state-of-the-art production plant in Atmore can produce both Sulphur Bentonite and micronutrients, and features four new high-capacity belts that can increase production by nearly 150% compared to pre-fire capacity.
“Looking at pictures of the damage caused by the fire, and realizing this occurred less than nine months ago, reinforces what an extraordinary undertaking this has been to return the plant to full – and even expanded – production capabilities,” says Don Cherry, Tiger-Sul President and CEO. “I can’t say enough about the amazing Tiger-Sul team that made this happen. They overcame any and all obstacles to bring Atmore back, and make it even better. This facility will continue to be critical in helping us meet the increasing demand among both local and global customers. And as a company, Tiger-Sul continues to be committed to adhering to strong health and safety programs and protocols for the benefit of our employees, our customers and the communities in which we do business.”
Tiger-Sul will celebrate the hard work of all those involved with a grand re-opening event that will take place at the Atmore facility in mid-May, when the spring season tapers off.
Tiger-Sul Products is a global leader in sulphur bentonite, sulphur bentonite micronutrients technology and other well-established crop performance products. For more than 50 years, Tiger-Sul product innovations have been used by the agriculture industry to improve global crop production and satisfy the specialty fertilizer requirements of agricultural customers around the world.