POTTSTOWN PA – Lower Pottsgrove police and apparatus from several area fire companies responded Monday (Nov. 12, 2012) at about 1:15 p.m. to a fire that began in the dust collection system of Valtech Corporation, 2113 Sanatoga Station Rd., The (Pottstown PA) Mercury reported. The fire was said to be quickly extinguished, and no injuries were reported.
Township Fire Marshal Lew Babel said sparks from a grinding operation at the plant ignited the dust collectors. The incident forced Valtech employees to evacuate the building for about two hours, The Mercury reported.
Valtech Corporation is one of several Lower Pottsgrove companies headquartered on Sanatoga Station Road that do business internationally. It manufactures epoxy adhesives, detergent cleaners and coolants used in electronics and by the semiconductor industry.
A similar fire occurred at Valtech during January 2009, but with greater consequences. An explosion in that earlier incident, also caused by a dust collector fire, at the time ripped a hole in the building’s metal sheathing and caused an estimated $50,000 in damage.
Valtech, which opened a manufacturing plant in Shanghai, China, during September 2010, ha continued to grow overseas. In July (2012) it announced the company had opened a manufacturing facility outside Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, and a European sales office in Germany.
- Read a story by reporter Frank Otto, titled “Fire at Valtech Corp. building in Lower Pottsgrove forces evacuation” and published Monday by The Mercury, here.
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