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100 workers likely to laid off at Avonmore steel processing plant

Steel News - Published on Tue, 14 May 2019

Image Source: WTAE Pittsburgh
WTAE reported that more than 100 employees are set to be laid off from a steel processing plant in Avonmore, Westmoreland County. Ampco-Pittsburgh officials said excess capacity and high operating costs have forced the company to permanently close the facility. A company spokesperson told Pittsburgh's Action News 4 the goal is to close the Akers facility and ultimately sell it.

Avonmore Mayor Paula Jones worked at the plant and said the loss of more than 100 jobs is difficult on the town. She said that "A lot of people in the area have had their whole family work there, so it's real heartbreaking."

Ampco-Pittsburgh purchased the facility in 2017. A spokesperson said that “As previously stated in our Press Release of May 10, 2019, excess capacity and high operating costs in our cast roll business have made operation of the Avonmore facility untenable. It is with regret that we are forced to close this facility which will impact the lives of many loyal, long-term employees of Akers National Roll Company.”

According to a letter sent to the Avonmore mayor, the company plans to begin letting employees go in July and the plant is set to close by the end of September.

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Posted By : Rabi Wangkhem on Tue, 14 May 2019
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