AMPI Loses Appeal 19 Sep 12

The Minnesota Court of Appeals has ruled against AMPI in a lawsuit over the cause of the fire that destroyed the co-op’s New Ulm butter plant in December of 2004. AMPI challenged the district court’s summary judgment in favor of the company that built the air compressor that AMPI believed started the fire. AMPI alleged the company had to shut down their main air compressor because of an oil leak, and the subsequent explosion was caused by a smaller, back-up compressor that ran the plant for several minutes while maintenance filled the main compressor up with oil. It was determined that the back-up compressor exploded and that the first compressor’s oil leak contributed to the fire, but did not cause it.