Owner of West Fertilizer issues statement

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Donald Adair, lifelong resident of the community of West, Texas, and owner of Adair Grain Inc., who apparently also owned the West Fertilizer Company issued a statement through a public relations agency on Friday, April 19. His only reference to being the owner was at the end of the statement when he said all the fertilizer company employees are cooperating with investigators.

Appropriately, Adair began with references to the community’s suffering, loss of firefighters and grief counseling offered through the church to which he is associated. In part, he is quoted as saying:

“As a lifelong resident, my heart is broken with grief for the tragic losses to so many families in our community. I know that everyone has been deeply affected by this incident. Loved ones have been injured or killed. Homes have been damaged or destroyed. Our hearts go out to everyone who has suffered.”

Ownership and exactly what the West Fertilizer Co. did had been speculated on in the media. The latest reports were that this was not a manufacturing facility in the full sense but a retail outlet for fertilizer. Adair provided no comment about the company’s operations, but he made the assurance that he is cooperating with the investigation.

“Going forward, the owners and employees of Adair Grain and West Fertilizer Co. are working closely with investigating agencies. We are presenting all employees for interviews and will assist in the fact finding to whatever degree possible. We pledge to do everything we can to understand what happened to ensure nothing like this ever happens again in any community.

“While the investigation continues, and out of respect for the investigative process, we will limit our comments during the weeks and months ahead,” Adair ended.

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Los Angeles  |  April, 23, 2013 at 08:45 AM

Let's put this into perspective, this guy's negligence killed and injured more people than the Boston Marathon bombers.

Moses Lake  |  April, 23, 2013 at 09:40 AM

What perspective?!! Get a clue!!! Do not compare the two. Wake up. Who was trying to do what and where and for what reasons? Think about it.

Montana  |  April, 23, 2013 at 12:18 PM

How do you know it was negligence? You need to know facts.

Missouri  |  April, 23, 2013 at 01:01 PM

Our sincere thoughts are with you and your employees. I hope you can figure out what happen to cause the explosion. Without a reactor, ammonium nitrate should not of caused such an explosion. It will be interesting for us to learn the facts that caused this terrible tragedy.

Texas  |  April, 23, 2013 at 03:51 PM


Texas  |  April, 23, 2013 at 03:55 PM

Looks like they clearly had plenty of safety violations. So yea, I'd agree people look negligent. Whether they meant to kill or accidentally killed, the outcomes were comparable in scope and size.

Indiana  |  April, 24, 2013 at 01:19 PM

Get the facts. Those violation were from a metal tag on a tank, much like a 1000 gallon LP gas tank, that rusted away. Nothing was wrong with the tanks as they passed inspection. Besides that the anhydrous ammonia tanks did not appear to be involved in the explosion. The large on next to the building that is gone does not appear to have moves. Get the facts before you start throwing blame.

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