Skeleton crew works Ormet’s Ohio smelter

Oct 16, 2013 | 05:20 PM | Michael Cowden

Tags  Ormet, USW, John Puskar, United Steelworkers union, bankruptcy court, Judge Mary F. Walrath, potlines, shutdown layoffs

CHICAGO — Only a skeleton crew of about 40 hourly workers and a "small" salaried work force remain on the job at Ormet Corp.’s smelter in Hannibal, Ohio, according to a United Steelworkers union official.

The bankrupt aluminum producer, also based in Hannibal, previously employed a minimum of some 650 workers to qualify for electricity discounts under the terms of an agreement with Columbus, Ohio-based utility American Electric Power Co. (AEP), said John Puskar, a staff representative for USW District 1, which represents workers....

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