North America, Processing

Maine potato growers expecting hit after processing plant fire

The large fire at a potato processing plant in Maine is expected to have ripple effects across Maine’s agriculture industry. As Ross Ketschke reports for WMTW, the Penobscot McCrum plant in Belfast processed Maine-grown spuds into products sold around the country.

A fire tore through the building Thursday morning, destroying the facility and leaving the 138 people who work there without a job.

Don Flannery, executive director of the Maine Potato Board, said the loss of the plant will have a negative impact on the state’s potato growers. “I think everyone wants to do everything they can to get that plant back because it’s important in our industry. It has a very unique place in the market,” Flannery said.

Source: WMTW. Read the report and watch a video here
Photo: Courtesy WMTW

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