Grainger, Texas, June 27, 2018– A fire at a Texas factory producing electrical lighting has sparked a debate over the safety of new construction in an industry where safety has long been a concern.
In a news conference Thursday, Grainger officials said they are taking several steps to improve safety in the company’s lighting manufacturing business.
It will not be allowed to operate from a warehouse that houses other factories, which are not permitted under federal safety regulations.
It is not expected to reopen until the fire is under control, Graerson officials said.
Grainger also has hired a third party to inspect the facility for safety violations.
The company, which is located about 120 miles southeast of Dallas, made more than 3,000 lights a day for power companies in Texas, Oklahoma, Texas and Louisiana until late 2016.
Graingers manufacturing facilities are built to produce lights for the residential, commercial and industrial markets.
The Grainger Fire is the latest fire to hit the company and its employees.
A blaze at a plant in North Dakota last year destroyed 1,300 jobs.
In August, Graingers was forced to shut down its production of electrical lighting and to close several factories due to fires at its plants.
A Grainger spokeswoman did not immediately respond to an email seeking comment.