McWane plant idled in Birmingham

BIRMINGHAM, AL (WBRC) - McWane, Incorporated in Birmingham has announced that it will temporarily idle production at the plant. The company says the idling will affect about 117 workers. It blames the idling on the slumping economy and housing sector.

A statement by the company says demand for waterworks products has dropped as much as 55%.

McWane says it will offer job placement services, counseling and other assistance to employees.
While production at the Birmingham plant is suspended, the company says it will continue to serve customers from its other plants in Utah, Ohio and New Jersey and from inventory at the Birmingham plant.
McWane says it will also maintain the Birmingham plant in a condition that will allow a speedy restart when production resumes.

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