USW awaits layoffs as Ormet shutdown nears

Oct 07, 2013 | 02:56 PM | Michael Cowden

Tags  Ormet, shutdown, Hannibal, Ohio, John Puskar, USW, Rep. Jack Cera, Sen. Lou Gentile American Electric Power

CHICAGO — All potlines at bankrupt aluminum producer Ormet Corp.’s smelter in Hannibal, Ohio, will be shut down by Oct. 11 at the latest, according to a United Steelworkers union official.

Ormet said late last week that it could not emerge from bankruptcy protection after failing to secure a more favorable power rate from Ohio regulators and that it would have to shut down its Hannibal smelter (amm.com, Oct. 4).

The aluminum producer had been operating two of its six potlines in Hannibal earlier this year but these are now expected to be shut down as soon as Oct. 9, said John Puskar, a staff representative for USW District 1, which represents workers in Ohio.....





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