Globe's Bécancour producing during lockout

May 07, 2013 | 03:11 PM | Michael Cowden

Tags  Globe Specialty Metals, Alan Kestenbaum, Jeff Bradley, Malcolm Appelbaum, Becancour, Beverly, outage, lockout silicon

CHICAGO — Globe Specialty Metals Inc. has continued to operate one of three furnaces at its silicon metal facility in Bécancour, Quebec, following a lockout by using management employees.

"They have been doing an excellent job," said Jeff Bradley, chief executive officer and chief operating officer.

Globe initiated the lockout at Bécancour because it was unable to achieve the concessions from unionized workers necessary to bring costs at the facility in line with those at the company’s other plants, Bradley said during a conference call following the release of earnings data May 7 (, May 7),

The New York-based silicon producer is the majority stakeholder in the Bécancour facility, officially known as Quebec Silicon LP, which has an annual capacity of 47,000 tonnes of silicon metal. The labor contract at the plant expired in late April (, May 3).....

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