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Spokesman: Union ratifies new contract at Special Metals

Aug. 14, 2012 @ 12:00 AM

HUNTINGTON -- A spokesman for the parent company of Special Metals Corp. in Huntington said a new contract voted on by union members was ratified Monday afternoon.

Parties representing United Steelworkers Local 40 and Special Metals, owned by Precision Castparts Corp., a worldwide manufacturer of complex metal components and products, pushed through negotiations late last week in hopes of preventing a strike planned by union workers.

A near deadlock on negotiations, which revolved around insurance issues and Special Metals' capability of contracting out work, was avoided with the contract ratification Monday.

Earlier this month, Precision Castparts reported a 19 percent increase in first quarter net income, but warned of "major headwinds" including an unplanned shutdown of its 29,000 ton forging press in Houston.

Special Metals also has a plant in Burnaugh, Ky., in Boyd County.

Dwight Weber with Precision Castparts had no further comment on the contract ratification and a call to representatives of USWA Local 40 were not returned Monday evening.