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ConAgra: Insurance will cover explosion damage

Posted June 25, 2009 2:13 p.m. EDT
Updated June 25, 2009 2:22 p.m. EDT

— ConAgra Foods officials said Thursday that property and liability insurance will cover the losses the company suffered in an explosion at its plant on Jones Sausage Road in Garner.

The June 9 explosion at the ConAgra plant that makes Slim Jim beef jerky products killed three workers and injured dozens more. Investigators said they believe natural gas from an industrial water heater that was being installed in the plant exploded.

ConAgra officials said previously they hope to resume limited production at the plant in August. Some production will be handled by other ConAgra plants, and the company will hire an outside company to package the products made in Garner because the packaging area of the plant remains heavily damaged.

Company officials said Thursday that business interruption insurance should cover any losses from the break and shift in production.