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Canadian health products company to rebuild plant destroyed in November explosion

30 November 2012

Neptune Technologies & Bioressources, whose main plant was destroyed in an explosion that killed three workers and injured 18 more, says it will rebuild its plant and expand capacity. The Canadian company is looking for manufacturers to take on its fish oil production until the new plant is complete. 

The Neptune plant in Sherbrooke, Quebec, made Omega 3 fish oil supplements
The Neptune plant in Sherbrooke, Quebec, made Omega 3 fish oil supplements

The company says it will start with the expansion project that was under way in Sherbrooke before its main plant was levelled and build 150,000 kilograms of capacity. It expects most of the cost to be covered by insurance. 

The company has "temporarily" laid off 70 workers since the disaster but will keep 10 full-time and 20 part-time employees on to help on the new plant. It said senior managers are taking a 20% pay cut  while the company gets back on its feet, which may be repaid later.

Neptune also said it was correcting reports that the amount of acetone kept at the destroyed facility exceeded what was allowed. 

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