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Glenisk plant resumes producing milk as boss thanks public for 'humbling' support

The fire broke out at Glenisk’s organic yoghurt factory in Killeigh, near Tullamore, on Monday.

Glenisk organic yoghurt factory in Killeigh, after the fire.
Glenisk organic yoghurt factory in Killeigh, after the fire.
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THE FIRST CARTONS of goats milk have come off the production line at a Co Offaly factory badly damaged by fire earlier this week.

The fire hit Glenisk organic yoghurt factory in Killeigh, near Tullamore, on Monday.

The blaze caused significant damage to the plant, with the exact cause of the fire still unclear.

The yoghurt plant is believed to have been destroyed, but a smaller milk bottling site was not damaged and is now being used by the company.

The smaller plant started work at around 7am this morning.

Vincent Cleary, managing director of Glenisk, said the support he and the company have received in recent days is “humbling”.

“It really was like a death in the family,” Cleary said.

It was like a funeral or the aftermath of a funeral.

He said he is hopeful the company can be back up and running properly soon.

“We’re coming up with a plan and we’re confident by January, we won’t have the full suite of products, but it’s a start,” he told RTE radio.

“I’m an optimist by nature.”

embedded262731857 The factory was badly damaged in the fire.

He said the company will be keeping its staff on as he likened the business to a “family”.

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“We’re fighting for our staff,” he said.

Glenisk employs 90 people, with about 70 of those working at the site in Killeigh.

Smoke was spotted in the incubation room before 12pm on Monday.

Around 50 staff were quickly evacuated from the building and there were no reports of injuries.

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