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Honeywell to Idle Metropolis Plant Production, Reduce Workforce by 170

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Matt Markgraf, WKMS
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A uranium conversion facility in Metropolis, Illinois, is idling production and reducing its workforce by 170 full-time positions and numerous contractors. 

Honeywell is temporarily halting UF6 production citing a global oversupply and a decrease in demand. A spokesperson for the company said Monday there is a 15% decline in demand for nuclear fuel following the Fukushima disaster in Japan. 

Honeywell will keep the plant at minimal operations should business conditions improve.

The company says demand is unlikely to increase before 2020.

According to the World Nuclear Association, the Metropolis facility is the only conversion plant in the United States.

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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