Dura-Bond In­dus­tries lay­ing off 180 in cen­tral Penn­syl­va­nia

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette - - Business -

A com­pany that makes and coats steel pipe used in the nat­u­ral gas and oil in­dus­try plans to lay off 180 work­ers at a cen­tral Penn­syl­va­nia plant. Dura-Bond In­dus­tries dis­closed the lay­offs in a no­tice filed with the state Depart­ment of La­bor and In­dus­try. The com­pany is based in Ex­port, West­more­land County. The plant in ques­tion is in Steel­ton, less than 5 miles from down­town Har­ris­burg. The lay­offs will be­gin about Nov. 15. United Steel­work­ers Lo­cal 1688 says the lay­offs will leave the Dura-Bond Pipe Steel­ton plant with about 220 union work­ers. The union says most of those be­ing laid off are new hires, and likely will not be brought back.

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