Florikan ESA Corporation Contains Small Fire in Polymer Coating Drum

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A small fire broke out in Florikan's 5,000 square foot enclosed slow release coating fertilizer facility on Sunday April 26, 2009. A small drum used to apply liquid polymers to create time release fertilizers caught fire but was contained within the hour. It is housed in an isolated area from Florikan's main production warehouse. Fortunately, no one was injured and there is minor damage to property due to extensive sprinkler irrigation.

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Florikan ESA (Environmentally Sustainable Agriculture) Corporation experienced a small fire on Sunday afternoon, April 26 in its outside polymer coating facility. The cause of the fire is being investigated. Fortunately, no injuries occurred and there is only minor structural damage to property. The fire was contained within 1 hour of its occurrence due to extensive sprinkler systems.

Florikan has been in operation in Sarasota County distributing fertilizers since 1981 and has not experienced a similar occurrence. Florikan does not handle or inventory raw ammonium nitrate. All materials were contained on site and Florikan has hired a mitigation company to clean up the water associated with the sprinkler flooding.

Florikan will be cooperating with the appropriate state and local agencies to determine the cause of the fire and ensure it never happens again. Florikan is most thankful for the rapid and most competent response from the Sarasota County Fire Department and local authorities.

Florikan has been in business since 1981 and employs over 60 individuals in Sarasota County. It is thankful to the community for its support as we recover from this unfortunate event. Florikan will be back in production this week.

About Florikan
Florikan is a company that specializes in time-release fertilizer that reduces the need for repeat fertilizer applications, thereby reducing the potential for nutrient runoff. Florikan has received several accolades for its innovative technology and best manufacturing practices including:

Sarasota County EDC 2001 Industry in Excellence Award
Sarasota County EDC 2005 Manufacturer of the Year
2004 National Society of Professional Engineers Most Innovative New Product
2001 State of Florida Governor's Best New Product Awad
2005 and 2008 Gulf Guardian Award administered by the EPA

For additional information on the news that is the subject of this release, contact Tiffany Shrier at tiffany.shrier (at) florikan (dot) com or at (941) 377-8666

Online at http://www.florikan.com.


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