Fire crews responded to the call at about 4:30 a.m. Workers already had evacuated the building. Three people were taken to a nearby hospital for minor injuries.
Firefighters from departments in Grandview and Belton extinguished the fire within 20 minutes. The explosion blew out the east wall of the facility. The incident is currently under investigation.
Based in Amsterdam, Corbion is a leading manufacturer of biobased food ingredients and biochemicals for industries including meat and poultry, culinary, bakery, home and personal care and resins. The company employs 1,893 workers in 20 countries.