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RG Steel Shutdown Affects Hundreds In Ohio

Tue, 06/05/2012 - 10:01am
The Associated Press

WARREN, Ohio (AP) — A local union leader says more than 260 workers have been laid off at a northeast Ohio steel mill as Maryland-based RG Steel prepares to shut down its plant in Warren.

United Steelworkers Local 1375 President Darryl Parker tells the Warren Tribune Chronicle (http://bit.ly/LvjDXO ) the workers' last day was Friday.

Some of the plant's operations have been idled. About 500 more employees are still working but likely face layoffs as the shutdown process proceeds.

A spokeswoman says RG Steel is filling existing orders but isn't accepting new ones.

RG Steel, based in Sparrows Point, Md., said late last month that it planned to idle operations in Maryland, Ohio and West Virginia and warned of upcoming layoffs. It has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in Delaware.

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