MERRIMACK — The 13 people who were transported to area hospitals following a chemical situation earlier this week at Spraying Systems Co. were quickly released, according to company officials.

In a statement, Spraying Systems said the employees were transported as a precautionary measure where they were evaluated and released within an hour with no signs of exposure or other adverse health effects.

Fire crews responded to Spraying Systems Co. Tuesday night to check the conditions at the site after employees received a package of powder from a vendor that “wasn’t labeled property,” fire officials said earlier.

The powder, which was determined to be sodium selenite, resulted in 13 people experiencing nausea. Additional workers were treated at the facility and released.

Fluid Air, a division of Spraying Systems Co., was conducting a process test for a customer at the Merrimack plant when questions emerged regarding the true nature of the compound being handled, Fluid Air said in a statement released on Thursday.

“Spraying Systems Co. contacted the applicable local authorities in order to ensure that the safety and wellbeing of everyone was protected,” said the release, adding the safety of employees and the community is always the absolute priority of both Spraying Systems Co. and Fluid Air.

Fire crews had evacuated the building on Tuesday night as a precaution, in case there was a hazardous materials situation, and to conduct sampling for testing, said fire officials.

According to Fluid Air, the building was cleared except for the test room, which has been blocked off and will be cleaned in accordance with local and all applicable health and safety standards and requirements.

“We are dedicated to environmentally-friendly, safe manufacturing and testing practices in our Merrimack facility,” said the statement.

A division of Spraying Systems Co., Fluid Air, is a manufacturer of solid dosage processing equipment and controls for the pharmaceutical, nutraceutical, food, cosmetics and fine chemical industries, according to a release.

Capt. John Manuele and Fire Chief Mike Currier of Merrimack Fire Rescue did not return phone calls on Thursday seeking additional information on the investigation.

The East Coast facility for Spraying Systems Co. opened its Merrimack site last year after leaving its space in Hudson. Headquartered in Chicago, Spraying Systems Co. is one of the world’s largest manufacturers of spray nozzles and accessories.

The 120,000-square-feet facility in Merrimack is housed inside of space previously occupied by GT Solar.

The company, which was founded in 1937 and has been operating in New Hampshire for about 30 years, manufactures products for all types of industrial and agricultural industries, including small nozzles to complete systems and accessories.

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