The International Nutrition plant includes five parcels in an industrial area along Big Papio Trail.
The 18,000-square-foot facility where the accident occurred was purchased in 1997 for $1.6 million. The company's land and buildings total 135,000 square feet and are valued at $5 million. Some are owned by the firm and others by Steven Silver LLC.
It's not the first accident at the plant. In August 2002, a 45-year-old man died when he became caught in a moving auger conveyor, according to an OSHA report.
The company at the time was fined $13,600 by OSHA for five “serious” violations and one other violation discovered during an investigation of the accident.
In 2012, the firm was fined $10,430 by OSHA to settle six “serious” violations found during a planned inspection.
An OSHA report did not detail the violations but said they were in the following categories: medical services and first aid; handling materials, general; general requirements for machines; abrasive wheel machinery; hand and portable powered tools and equipment; and wiring methods, components and equipment.
The nature of International Nutrition's business was discussed in a 2001 lawsuit brought against the firm by the Travelers Indemnity Co., which carried the manufacturer's workers' compensation insurance.
Travelers sued the firm when it failed to pay premiums in protest of Travelers reclassifying its risk at a higher level. The Supreme Court of Nebraska in 2007 sided with Travelers on an appeal from International Nutrition.
Court documents said at the time that International Nutrition receives bulk raw materials, such as rice hulls and limestone, which are stored in large holding areas. Supplemental products such as medications and vitamins are then mixed into the bulk raw material, and the finished product is packaged into both 25- and 50-pound bags. Ground limestone is commonly used as a source of calcium in animal feed.