Employees Hard at Work at Imperial Sugar Warehouse

Commerce Boulevard
Commerce Boulevard

PORT WENTWORTH, GA (WTOC) - It's been nearly a month since the devastating sugar refinery blast rocked Port Wentworth. And now, the company is calling more and more employees back to work.

WTOC got a chance to get an up-close look at just what some of those workers are doing.

Today, 172 employees were back at work, but not all at the main site. Some were actually at a distribution facility on Commerce Boulevard. It's a warehouse Imperial Sugar has had for three years, and the company used it to hold extra product it couldn't hold at the refinery.

Now this warehouse is the main distribution center, and employees are hard at work loading up trucks, getting shipments ready, and receiving shipments from Imperial Sugar's other plant in Louisiana.

Right now, they're getting about 90 percent of their product from the Louisiana plant for customers in this region.

The company tells WTOC it has about 5,000 palettes of product at the warehouse.

Fifty employees are working at the 190,000-square-foot warehouse so far, and the company's hoping to add more. While it's not full, the warehouse is fully operational.

The other employees are at the refinery site helping with the cleanup as well as assisting OSHA and Chemical Safety Board investigators.

Reported by: Brooke Kelley, bkelley@wtoc.com