Worker Killed in Quad Plant Fire

Sixty trucks removed damaged paper, mostly magazines and catalogs—as well as metal. More than a dozen pieces of heavy machinery worked on the scene.

The ASRS building, more than 700 feet long and 100,000 square feet—including staging areas—was built earlier this year. It had a capacity of 30,008 pallets. Six crane aisles housed six storage retrieval machines, according to the company, which delivered product to one of two delivery points.

“Quad/Graphics continues to actively participate with investigators from various governmental agencies in determining the cause of the destruction,” the company said in a statement. “Investigators and experts inform us that the cause may not be known for some time.”

The paper reported that catalogs for L.L. Bean, Cabela’s and Reliable Office Supplies were in the storage area at the time. A majority of work was in the process of being sent to the bindery.

All 24 presses were running at the two million-square-foot campus to replace the lost product, but some of the work was also sent to Quad’s Martinsburg, WV, facility. The Martinsburg plant was working around the clock to replace the lost work.

The company has said it would cover all the lost wages of volunteer firefighters who took time off from their regular jobs.

A moment of silence was held for Freiberg on July 18 as employees, firefighters and site cleanup crews ceased working at 11 a.m., which coincided with the commencement of his funeral services. Quad/Graphics has established a memorial fund in Freiberg’s name. The company will also match employee contributions dollar-for-dollar.

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