Work stopped briefly at HON plant after building evacuated

2012-02-23T08:45:00Z 2012-02-23T09:07:02Z Work stopped briefly at HON plant after building evacuated Muscatine Journal
February 23, 2012 8:45 am

MUSCATINE, Iowa — Muscatine firefighters this morning were called to the HON Oak Steel plant at 301 Oak Street, where a piece of painting equipment had caught on fire.

The plant was evacuated and the fire department was called, said Gary Carlson, a spokesman for HNI Corp., the parent company for HON. He said at least 200 people would have been working at the time.

“Everyone is (already) back to work,” Carlson said, adding that work was stopped for 35 to 40 minutes.

Workers at HON design, make and sell office furniture, including chairs, filing cabinets, workstations, tables, desks and education furniture.

Its parent company, Muscatine-based HNI, is the second-largest office furniture manufacturer in North America. Other subsidiaries of HNI include Allsteel, Gunlocke, HBF, Paoli, Maxon, Hearth & Home Technologies and Omni Workspace.

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