Ormet "Barged Out"

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At least one area manufacturer is blaming the Belleville situation for having to shut down part of its operations.

Ormet aluminum is immediately and temporarily halting operation of the last two of its six potlines at the Hannibal, Ohio plant.

The company's salaried employees who are working in the reduction plant will be transferred to Ormet's Rolling Mill. Ormet is also working to emerge from Chapter 11 bankruptcy.

Workers have been striking there since late November. Companies such as DuPont, G.E. Plastics and Kraton Polymers also make use of barges to haul materials. Even those companies that don't use barges for transportation make use of the water that comes from the Ohio River for their manufacturing operations.