Friday, February 08, 2002

Tristate Summary

Anderson plant to close doors

        An Anderson Township plant that makes high-temperature equipment used in steel-making plans to close its doors by the end of March.

        The North American Refractories Co. plant at 8361 Broadwell Road, which operated under the name Tristar Refractories, has about 20 workers but employed about 100 before a series of layoffs.

        North American Refractories sought Chapter 11 bankruptcy reorganization last month. The company, a unit of RHI Refractories Holding, sought court protection from creditors in the wake of a flood of asbestos liability claims and the slowdown in U.S. steel-making.

        Hourly employees at the Broadwell Road plant, which dates to the mid-1970s, are represented by the United Steelworkers of America. The company is negotiating terms of the shutdown with the union. The company also is closing a related plant in Missouri.

Comair adding several routes

        Erlanger-based regional airline Comair on Thursday said it would be starting routes out of Atlanta later this year.

        Comair, a subsidiary of Atlanta-based Delta Air Lines, will operate three round-trip flights between Atlanta and Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, Pa., beginning May 16.

        Comair also began service Thursday between Dallas (another Delta hub) and Corpus Christi, Texas, as well as Indianapolis.

— From staff reports


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