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East Texas Meat Company Owner Talks About Plans After Fire

It was quite a scene Monday night as an East Texas meat company goes up in flames, destroying one of its plants.  The blaze began sometime around 10:30 p.m. Monday night at the Loggins Meat Company in Tyler. The smoke was pouring out of the company's south plant on East Erwin Street.   The south plant, which produces ground beef is a total loss, forcing the company to start over.

It was a phone call, every business owner fears.  Fire trucks have been called out to your plant, and your business is going up in flames.

"At the time I didn't know if it was the north plant, or the south plant," said Bobby Loggins, Loggins Meat Company president. "I obviously had no idea what was going on." When he saw the flames, Bobby Loggins learned it was his south plant on fire, where the company grounds beef and makes breaded products for restaurant chains.

"This is the smaller of the two, so if one had to go I guess this is probably the best one," said Loggins.  Tuesday afternoon, Loggins got to go inside the plant for the first time since the fire.

"It's total devastation, yeah it's basically a total loss," said Loggins. "The meat products in there, as well as, the equipment and building."  Loggins says the south plant produced about 250,000 pounds of ground beef a week, and he hopes to get that going again in his north plant.

"It's quite a logistical nightmare to get the equipment and get everything in place, but I've got very qualified staff who is taking care of that," said Loggins. "I think it will be online probably within the next week or so." In the meantime, the 20 employees that worked at the south plant, Loggins says will move across the street to the north plant.

Molly Reuter, reporting. mreuter@kltv.com


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