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Pa. zinc plant, possible home to cracker, closing

October 31, 2013
Associated Press

MONACA, Pa. (AP) — Horsehead Corp. has filed a 60-day notice with the state, warning workers it plans to close a zinc smelter in western Pennsylvania by year's end.

The move was expected as the plant in Potter Township may become the site of a new $2.5 billion petrochemical "cracker" plant that Shell Oil Co. may build on the site about 25 miles northwest of Pittsburgh.

But the Beaver County Times ( ) reports, the closing is still tough news for the plant's nearly 500 hourly employees.

Horsehead spokesman Ali Alavi says the company plans to begin producing zinc at a new $450 million plant in Mooresboro, N.C. by year's end. That plant is being built to replace the western Pennsylvania factory.

A Shell spokesman wouldn't comment on whether and when the company will make a decision on the cracker plant.


Information from: Beaver County Times,



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