The fire at Creps United Publications near Indiana, Pa. was reported about 8:30 a.m. Tuesday and burned for much of the day. Smoke from the fire about 45 miles northeast of Pittsburgh was visible for miles.
Though ink used at the plant is soy-based and not flammable, barrels of flammable solvents and lubricants used on printing presses fueled the fire, along with large volumes of paper.
About 50 employees got out safely. The company prints bulk inserts and brochures for newspapers.
The company spent $9.5 million on a new press in 2001 and managing partner Jacob Creps says he doesn't know whether any equipment can be salvaged.