Wabash to idle plant, leaves locked-out union hanging

Sep 30, 2005 | 09:19 AM | Paul Schaffer

The six-month lockout of workers at the Wabash, Ind., smelter of Wabash Alloys LLC took a new turn Friday with word that the company will close its Cleveland facility and move production to the currently non-union headquarters plant.

Round-the-clock production in Wabash, using replacement workers, was set to resume over the weekend. The plant had been running five days a week.

"We have hired and trained a sufficient number of employees to get back to a 24/7 operation with the number of furnaces we intend to run for the foreseeable future," Bruce Warshauer, the company's president, said. The company plans to run four furnaces in Wabash around the clock, down from five before the lockout began March 16.....

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