Fire Temporarily Shuts Down Wolverine Plant
October 26, 2018

An early morning fire on Tuesday, Oct. 23, shut down a Wolverine Packing Co. slaughter facility in Detroit's Eastern Market for at least a few days.

The Detroit Fire Department responded to the emergency call at 1340 Winder St. at 5:30 a.m., said Dave Fornell, deputy commissioner of the department. Around 30 firefighters were dispatched to the scene, which took a little longer than an hour to clear.

Jim Bonahoom, president of the longtime meat packing company, said "everybody was fine and nobody was hurt" by the "minor electrical fire" that broke out in the first-floor ceiling. He said employees tried to contain it before calling 911. He said he does not know what caused the fire.

Bonahoom said the affected building, used for lamb slaughter, is the original plant dating back many decades, and there have been several upgrades made there through the years. He expects it to be shut down until at least the end of the week as crews and insurance agents assess the damage.

While he said it is too early to determine the extent of damage, the disruption won't cripple business. Around 60 employees work at the facility, while more than 500 work at several other Wolverine facilities throughout Detroit.

Source: Crain's Detroit Business