The Imperial Sugar refinery near Savannah is getting new owners. European agribusiness corporation Louis Dreyfus Commodities is buying the plant that exploded in 2008, killing 14 workers. The $78 million deal includes all of Imperial's operations, including the refinery in Port Wentworth.
The Chatham County Assessor's Office placed an IKEA furniture distribution center in the unincorporated county, but it put the center's contents in the City of Port Wentworth, according to a tax officer. That led to a huge budget shortfall for the city, and Port Wentworth slashed its budget after the error was discovered.
About 100 people gathered near the Imperial Sugar refinery near Savannah to remember those who died at the plant on the same night four years ago. Fourteen people were killed because of a dust explosion at the facility on Feburary 7th, 2008. First responders, ministers and survivors gathered at a church near the blast site.
The city council in Port Wentworth slashed its budget this week as it copes with a massive money shortfall, partly due to a tax error involving an IKEA furniture distribution center. The Savannah Morning News reports the city's revised budget anticipates collecting $700,000 in property taxes, a little more than half of the $1.3 million the city had expected to receive.
Authorities say a Georgia town is facing a massive budget shortfall, partly due to a tax error involving an IKEA furniture distribution center. The Savannah Morning News reports that Port Wentworth officials have laid off six employees, suspended holiday pay and taken other steps to try and make up for the shortfall.
Imperial Sugar has agreed to pay $80,000 to settle multiple charges that the company violated Georgia's clean water standards. The state Environmental Protection Division says, the company sent sugary wastewater down drains leading to the river. The violations could have occurred as a result of idled or new equipment since the 2008 explosion that killed 14 people.
Cases are still outstanding three years after the deadly explosion and fire at the Imperial Sugar refinery near Savannah. Fourteen people died and scores were wounded in one of the worst industrial disasters in state history. Federal officials later found, the company "willfully" violated safety rules by letting combustible dust build up.