Fire Breaks Out Inside Sumner County Auto Parts Plant
PORTLAND, Tenn. – Employees were evacuated from an auto parts plant in Sumner County on Thursday afternoon.
A fire was reported at Unipres USA Inc. in Portland around 1 p.m. Officials on the scene said a metal press inside the building somehow caught fire.
No injuries were reported as a result of the incident. The fire has been extinguished.
The plant remained closed for several hours as officials worked to determine the air quality of the building. The production was said to be moving forward as normal after the air inside the building was deemed safe.
More than 1,000 people were said to be employed by Unipres.
The company's website said they produce premium quality parts for the auto industry, and capabilities include stamping; machining and assembly of metal parts for the main portions of automotive body structures; pressing molded components and precision automatic transmission parts; and helping customers create new parts.
Parent company Unipres Corporation has supplied Japanese auto and appliance makers for more than 50 years. The facility in Portland was built in 1987.