VICKSBURG, Miss. (Nov. 11, 2002)—Rouse Polymerics International will reopen early next year on its Vicksburg site with a state-of-the-art facility that will make high-end polymers from recycled rubber, according to CEO Michael Rouse.
“We won't do all the generic, 80-mesh stuff we did before,” Mr. Rouse said. “It will only be 75 microns or finer, or else custom-blended materials.”
A catastrophic explosion and fire last May 16 destroyed the previous Rouse facility, killing five workers and injuring seven others. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration will issue its report on the fire in the next few weeks.
“I suppose there will be a fairly healthy fine, because of the loss of life,” Mr. Rouse said. “I'm not looking forward to that.”