US: Domino Sugar production picks up post-Hurricane Sandy

Published: 11/07/2012, 7:31:08 AM

The Domino Sugar refinery plant in Locust Point is seeing an uptick in production, as the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy continues to be felt in the Northeast, according to the Baltimore Business Journal.

Damage from Sandy has kept the company's plant in Yonkers, N.Y., closed since Oct. 29, said Stu FitzGibbon, Domino's refinery manager in Baltimore. As a result, the iconic Baltimore refinery has produced 15% to 20% more in volume in the last week, he said.

Workers in Baltimore have been putting in overtime to help Domino make up for the shortfall. The plant was open was open on both Saturday and Sunday of last weekend, FitzGibbon said, and some workers are also putting in 12-hour shifts to keep up with demand.

"The strength of the corporation is we have multiple facilities," FitzGibbon said. "If some facility suffers disruptions of some sort, another can step in."

Domino Sugar has subcontracted more bulk truck deliveries at the Baltimore plant to help the facility deliver customers normally served by Yonkers. The Inner Harbor plant normally loads 16 trucks a day, FitzGibbon said, but the plant has loaded 30 trucks a day for the last week.

Baltimore has also sent some of its employees to New York to help with repairs to the Yonkers refinery.

"We had people up there work on their plant," FitzGibbon said. "Some are staying in hotel rooms 30 miles from the plant."

Domino Sugar expects to continue increased production in Baltimore for the next four days, FitzGibbon said. The company's New York site should be back online by Nov. 11.