‘It was the perfect storm’: Grainger factory fire sparks controversy

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.

President Trump announces trade deal with Colombia

President Donald Trump is expected to sign an agreement with Colombia that will ease trade restrictions on automakers and allow the U.S. to build and sell vehicles in the nation.

Trump will announce his decision Monday afternoon at his golf club in Bedminster, New Jersey.

The deal, which could be worth $4.6 billion over 10 years, would include a ban on imports of vehicles with engines bigger than 40 cubic centimeters, which is nearly a foot in diameter.

The U.N. has previously called on Colombia to implement tougher measures to reduce pollution, including shutting down coal-fired power plants.

Colombia’s economy has been in free fall for years due to soaring prices for the country’s petroleum, and there has been no major new investment in recent years.