Ryan’s Notes
April 25, 2014

Felman Production workers agree to terms 

Local media outlets in New Haven, West Virginia reported this past week that members of the United Steelworkers Local 5171 agreed to contract revisions at Felman Production's silicomanganese smelter. The plant previously ceased production in mid-2013.

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Associated Press
April 23, 2014

Felman Production workers OK contract revisions

NEW HAVEN, W.Va. (AP) — Felman Production CEO Mordechai Korf says the idled Mason County manufacturer is one step closer to resuming operations.

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Charleston Daily Mail
April 22, 2014
By Jared Hunt

Union workers approve Felman contract

Union workers at Felman Production have approved a new collective bargaining agreement with the company, bringing the idled Mason County manufacturer one step closer to restarting operations.

The union vote comes as the state Consumer Advocate Division and an industry advocate group want the state Public Service Commission to reconsider the special power rate plan it recently approved for the company.


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American Metal Market
April 22, 2014
By Daniel Fitzgerald

Felman's special power rate in W.Va. draws objections

The commission's consumer advocate division (CAD) claimed in an April 18 filing that "Felman failed to provide reasonable evidence that due to market conditions and financial losses the reopening and continued operation of its New Haven facility is threatened without a special rate."

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April 21, 2014
By Anthony Poole

 US bulk alloys prices may be unsustainable in H2: sources

Firm pricing in US manganese alloys markets may be unsustainable in the second half of the year, according to some market participants, who see supply constraints easing.      

According to some, prices could even come under some form of downward pressure as early as May, although others believe the market may have reached a plateau with nothing fundamentally to push prices either higher or lower.   

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