Didion Milling CEO says demolition at site of deadly explosion to start next week

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The leader of the company that had a deadly explosion at its corn milling plant in Cambria overnight May 31 spoke to the village’s board Monday night. 

Didion Milling CEO John Didion  was at the Cambria Village Hall to update the village board nearly five weeks after the plant explosion, which killed five workers and injured nearly a dozen more. 

Didion said the mill building is set to be demolished on July 10.

“The exciting thing that we’ve got to talk about is that we will be rebuilding our mill facility,” he said. “The mill will be rebuilt with the best available technology for safety, automation and efficiency.” 

The company will provide onsite counselors for employees for another month. John Didion said that while Didion Milling rebuilds its facility, the company is working with other employers in the community to offer workers temporary jobs.

John Didion said the cause of the explosion is still under investigation, and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration is still evaluating the area. He said OSHA has up to six months to investigate. 

“There’s no one that’s more interested in finding out exactly what that cause is than us,” Didion said. 

Carlos “Charly” Nunez; Angel Reyes, 46; Pawel Tordoff, 21; Duelle Block, 27; and Robert Goodenow, 52, died in the explosion.

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