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TexasTowelie

(113,624 posts)
Tue Nov 10, 2020, 12:37 AM Nov 2020

After 87,000 turkeys exploded in fire, Greenberg shuts down for holiday season

Greenberg Smoked Turkey, Inc. in Tyler, Texas, will halt all of its smoked turkey production for the rest of 2020 after a fire and at least two explosions destroyed part of the facility on Nov. 6.

The company sells about 200,000 smoked turkeys every holiday season. The Greenberg family has grown the 82-year-old smoked-bird business into a “holiday obsession,” The Dallas Morning News wrote in 1998. The famous East Texas turkey landed on Oprah Winfrey’s “Favorite Things” list in 2003.

Owner Sam Greenberg, the grandson of the founder by the same name, says a mechanical failure started a fire in one of the company facilities on Nov. 6. A freezer holding 87,000 turkeys exploded and burned the boxes and bags nearby, which are used to ship hundreds of thousands of turkeys during the company’s busiest season.

No one was hurt. A team of 24 firefighters fought the blaze and its aftermath for nearly two days, says Paul Findley, Tyler fire marshal and public information officer.

Read more: https://www.dallasnews.com/food/restaurant-news/2020/11/09/after-87000-turkeys-exploded-in-fire-greenberg-shuts-down-for-holiday-season/

Does anybody want their turkey well done?

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After 87,000 turkeys exploded in fire, Greenberg shuts down for holiday season (Original Post) TexasTowelie Nov 2020 OP
There's an "As God is my witness, I thought they could [your punchline here]" joke there... n/t TygrBright Nov 2020 #1
Okay, so I'm the straight man that provided the setup for the punchline. nt TexasTowelie Nov 2020 #4
I was reading this just whirling jokes thru my head underpants Nov 2020 #9
..."Blow up real good" bdtrppr6 Nov 2020 #12
Oh the humanity... CincyDem Nov 2020 #2
Got one of their turkeys years ago, elleng Nov 2020 #3
There is always 2021. TexasTowelie Nov 2020 #6
Maybe that's why I haven't seen smoked turkey breasts in the grocery store yet. tanyev Nov 2020 #5
Yeah, I only report the IMPORTANT news. TexasTowelie Nov 2020 #7
Oh thank goodness! Bayard Nov 2020 #8
That photo on the link. I swear I thought it was a Turkey rocketing into the night sky underpants Nov 2020 #10
HAHA! Tess49 Nov 2020 #11
It is a very bad time for a lot of people to loose their jobs. BrightKnight Nov 2020 #13
Seems to me to be a case of murder most fowl. kurtcagle Nov 2020 #14
Sorry for the loss and damage.... Paladin Nov 2020 #15
Holy Cow! Hadn't heard this. Yikes Laura PourMeADrink Nov 2020 #16

underpants

(183,690 posts)
9. I was reading this just whirling jokes thru my head
Tue Nov 10, 2020, 12:52 AM
Nov 2020

thinking - that’s horrible of you to think that. Glad I’m not the only one.

Hey the turkeys were already dead. Smoked. And then BLAMMO!

I wonder if the fire fighters got some remnants

elleng

(132,390 posts)
3. Got one of their turkeys years ago,
Tue Nov 10, 2020, 12:41 AM
Nov 2020

briefly thought of doing it again this year but received e.mail from them this morning.

underpants

(183,690 posts)
10. That photo on the link. I swear I thought it was a Turkey rocketing into the night sky
Tue Nov 10, 2020, 12:54 AM
Nov 2020

It’s the fire department or a helicopter I’d guess but I really thought for a second.....🚀

Paladin

(28,416 posts)
15. Sorry for the loss and damage....
Tue Nov 10, 2020, 09:59 AM
Nov 2020

...but I think Greenberg turkeys are way too damn smoky. And I say that as somebody who's been enjoying Texas barbeque my entire long adult life. Oprah and I will have to respectfully disagree on this one.

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