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Honeywell Reduces Metropolis Workforce Due to Nuclear Industry Challenges

Matt Markgraf, WKMS

Honeywell is reducing production capacity and cutting 22 jobs at their Metropolis plant due to ongoing challenges in the nuclear industry. 

Honeywell issued a release Tuesday citing international challenges and an oversupply of uranium hexafluoride - or UF6 prompted the reduction. A portion of the plant's contractor team will also be reduced.

According to Honeywell Director of Global Public Relations Josh Byerly, the cuts include seven union workers, 15 salaried workers and some contractor employees.

The statement said cuts will better position the Honeywell plant moving forward.

Full Statement:

“Due to the significant challenges of the nuclear industry globally and the oversupply of uranium hexafluoride (UF6), Honeywell plans to reduce the production capacity of the Metropolis plant to better align with the demands of nuclear fuel customers. Because of this, the company intends to reduce its full-time workforce by 22 positions, as well as a portion of the plant’s contractor team. We are taking this action to better position the plant moving forward. We will continue to operate with a focus on safety, quality, delivery and service.”

Matt Markgraf joined the WKMS team as a student in January 2007. He's served in a variety of roles over the years: as News Director March 2016-September 2019 and previously as the New Media & Promotions Coordinator beginning in 2011. Prior to that, he was a graduate and undergraduate assistant. He is currently the host of the international music show Imported on Sunday nights at 10 p.m.
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