Napoleon, Ohio Dock Collapse
A winter snowstorm that passed across northwestern Ohio caused a loading dock roof to collapse at the Cloverleaf Cold Storage facility in Napoleon, OH. The collapse caused a small, quickly contained release of ammonia. This release was immediately reported to all relevant federal, state, and local officials.
Three persons were transported to the local hospital. Two have already been released with no reported injuries. The third is still under observation but is expected to be released soon.
The damage to the facility is limited to a loading dock servicing a production room. The attached cold storage warehouse is undamaged and the limited release of ammonia did not occur within the warehouse itself. The loading dock servicing the warehouse is undamaged.
As part of the standard operating procedure, the refrigeration control system automatically cut off power to the facility, but temperatures within the warehouse are well below minimum safe requirements and it is anticipated that power to the refrigeration system will be restored soon. The insulated warehouse is designed to hold temperatures for a number of days under summer ambient temperatures.
Cloverleaf’s two dry food grade warehouses in Napoleon were unaffected by the incident. The local fire department has already returned the building to company control.
At present, the focus is on ensuring the continued safety and well being of our associates, securing the loading dock, and checking out the refrigeration system. Company officials are assessing the damage and will make a determination as to when normal operations can proceed.
Cloverleaf Cold Storage brings decades of experience and a relentless focus on customer satisfaction to every service that we provide. Our Farmers Produce division provides custom designed processing and packaging services to the meat industry.