NEW YORK A nearly
five-month-long strike at Russel Metals Inc.s Acier
Leroux long products plant in Boucherville, Quebec, has been
resolved, the company and the union said separately Feb. 8.
A majority of the
facilitys employees voted in favor of a new five-year
labor contract and will be returning to work at the steel
distribution center Feb. 11, Mississauga, Ontario-based Russel
"We are pleased to have a
five-year agreement in place and now our management and union
members can concentrate on providing our Acier Leroux customers
with the high standard of service they expect," Russel Metals
president Brian R. Hedges said in a statement.
des Syndicats Nationaux union didnt return calls seeking
comment, but according to its website 92 percent of employees
at the facility voted to ratify the deal.
Shipments continued from Acier
Leroux at a reduced level during the strike, vice president and
chief financial officer Marion Britton told AMM,
although she declined to discuss specific volumes.
"Management kept product flowing
as best they could, (but) we obviously didnt ship as many
tons as we normally would," she said.
The company usually operates on
a "hub and spoke" system, Britton added, meaning that it ships
products to local branches in northern and eastern Quebec
through the Acier Leroux facility. It revised that process
during the strike, but expects to return to normal now that a
deal has been reached, she said.
"(Acier Leroux) would help keep
the inventory at those (smaller) locations lower," Britton
said. "But once we cant ship out of (Acier Leroux), we
cant do that."
The Acier Leroux facility
primarily ships long steel products, including bars, beams,
hollow structural sections and angles, she added.
The company declined to disclose
the terms of the new labor agreement.