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Packaging Corp. of America Releases Statement about DeRidder Mill Incident

PCA DeRidder Mill

Feb. 8, 2017 - Packaging Corporation of America released the following statement about an explosion at its DeRidder, Louisiana containerboard mill:

“At approximately 11:10 am CST, Wednesday, February 8th, there was an explosion at our DeRidder, [Louisiana] paper mill. The incident involved annual repair work being performed on piping in the pulp mill area and resulted in three contractor fatalities. The cause of the incident is under investigation.

“Our primary concern is for the safety and well-being of the people working on our site. The top priorities at this time are the notification of families of the deceased contractors and investigation of the incident with authorities.

“At the time of the incident, the D1 machine was down for its annual outage and the D3 machine was running and continues to operate. The current assessment indicates that the annual outage work is expected to be delayed by up to one week and the mill will then resume full operation. Further information will be provided, as appropriate, when it becomes available.”

SOURCE: Packaging Corporation of America