Memphis, Tennessee, USA, 21 June 2010 -- (BUSINESS WIRE) -- Buckeye Technologies Inc. (NYSE:BKI) today announced that its Foley plant in Perry, Florida, which manufactures specialty wood cellulose and fluff pulp, is back in operation following a power failure and electrical surge that occurred 17 June. The power failure was triggered by a malfunction in a main incoming electrical line from a power provider and caused an unplanned complete shutdown of the facility that damaged numerous pieces of equipment. Purchased power has been fully restored to the facility, and one of the plant's two production lines resumed operation at reduced rates on 20 June. Company officials are targeting for the second line to resume operation by 23 June.
"We appreciate the efforts of our employees and contractors who literally have worked around the clock in a safe manner since Thursday's power failure and surge to test motors and other equipment, to identify the damaged equipment and then to replace it" said John B. Crowe, Buckeye chairman and CEO. "Replacement equipment has been ordered and shipped in on an emergency basis. We will be working during the week to minimize the impact of this event on our customers. The production of the Foley plant remains sold out, and our highest priority is to continue safely returning the plant to full capacity in compliance with our environmental permits so that we can meet our customers' needs," he said.
The company indicated that it presently is unable to fully quantify the financial impact of the event. However, depending on the timing of returning to full production, the company estimates that the financial impact of the outage, excluding the effect of any insurance proceeds, could be in the range of a USD 4-5 million reduction in pretax operating income for the quarter ending 30 June. This would result in earnings in the range of USD 0.24 to USD 0.27 per share for the quarter. The company reported that it has property loss and business interruption insurance with a single USD 2 million deductible and has received a preliminary report from its insurance broker that the event is a covered loss.
Buckeye, a leading manufacturer and marketer of specialty fibers and nonwoven materials, is headquartered in Memphis, Tennessee, USA. The company currently operates facilities in the United States, Germany, Canada, and Brazil. Its products are sold worldwide to makers of consumer and industrial goods.