Fire Sidelines Gateway Plant


A Gateway Additive Co. plant in Detroit was knocked out of operation by a fire April 8.

No one was injured in the blaze, which began shortly after 7 p.m. The manufacturing facility was largely destroyed but a warehouse across the street was undamaged. A spokesman with Gateway parent Lubrizol Corp. said the company was striving to minimize disruption to customers, although a solution to maintain supplies was still being developed.

We expect there will be only limited interruption in our ability to satisfy customer orders, spokesman Ken Iwashita said.

The plant, one of several operated by Gateway, produces additives used in the manufacture of metalworking fluids. It employs approximately 12 people, none of whom were present when the fire started. Iwashita said the cause of the fire is still being investigated and that the cost of the damage has not yet been estimated. Gateway leased the plant.

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