DECATUR, ILLINOIS, US — Two ADM employees remain hospitalized due to injuries sustained in an explosion on Sept. 10 in the East Plant of the company’s industrial complex in Decatur, ADM said.

The explosion, which occurred in a building that produces soybean oil and white flake for soybean protein production, injured eight, including five who were hospitalized. Three of the employees who were hospitalized have been released.

“We continue to prioritize outreach and support to our injured colleagues and their families as they recover,” ADM said. “We resumed corn deliveries and normal operations at the corn plant last week, and we remain on track to restart the majority of protein production at the East Plant in the coming weeks. We are continuing to conduct a thorough investigation into the cause of the incident.”

It was the third incident this year reported at the Decatur complex, which houses a soybean crushing plant and one of the largest corn wet mills in the world for Chicago, Illinois, US-based ADM. 

In April, three employees were injured in an explosion at one of the grain elevators at the soybean processing facility at ADM’s West Plant.

In August, two Decatur firefighters were hurt while battling a third-alarm fire in the feed house of the company’s corn processing plant.

Decatur, about 180 miles (290 kilometers) south of Chicago, is home to ADM’s North American headquarters and employs some 4,000 workers locally, about 10% of its global workforce.