50 staff members were evacuated when a serious fire hit the Glenisk plant in Killeigh, Tullamore
Speaking to RTE’s Morning Ireland managing director of Glenisk Vincent Cleary said that the factory was “pretty much a burnt out shell this morning” after a fire destroyed the manufacturing facility on September 27.
After a “regroup” with staff, Cleary said that they “have a plan in place…we need to get back on the shelves as quickly as we possibly can”.
This interview comes after representatives from Glenisk released a statement described how the public could assist them, in their “blackest of days”. Writing “keep space for us in your hearts (and fridges). We’ll be back very soon”.
The team also encouraged customers in the meantime to “consider supporting another local producer”.
“If you can help Self Help Africa with a small donation to the OneMillionTrees Campaign. We are so close to reaching 2 million trees + we may not be able to get them over the line as we’d hoped”.
The team added, “tomorrow’s a new day, here in beautiful Offaly”.
Cleary said that the fire broke out at 11am in the yoghurt production facility and spread quickly to the rest of the plant.
“We don’t know 100% yet but at around midday smoke was smelled and in what seemed like seconds fire started in the incubation room where our yoghurt is made,” he said.
The damage to the family-owned business is estimated to cost upwards of €20 million.
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