Ryan’s Notes
April 14, 2014

Players wait on Felman 

Opinions surrounding the Public Service Commission of West Virginia were widespread with regard to its proposed electric deal with Felman Production. While a few market players speculated that prices would fall if Felman Production re-started its furnaces, one analyst pointed out that in recent years during times of production at Felman, silicomanganese prices were over 70 cents.

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Platts
April 14, 2014
By Bob Matyi

USW to hold "re-vote" on Felman SiMn plant agreement 

The United Steelworkers union has scheduled a "re-vote" April 17 on proposed changes to an existing labor agreement rejected last week by rank-and-file employees at Felman Production's idled 105,000 mt/year silicomanganese plant in New Haven, West Virginia, a union official said April 14.

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Platts
April 11, 2014
By Bob Matyi

USW local rejects Felman revised labor deal; effect on SiMn plant restart not known

The United Steelworkers union has rejected a modified labor contract with US silicomanganese producer Felman Production, but it was unclear on April 11 if the vote will affect the company's plans to restart its idled 105,000 mt/year plant in New Haven, West Virginia.

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Platts
April 9, 2014
By Bob Matyi

Felman labor vote result likely by Apr 11: USW

Union employees at Felman Production's idled 105,000 mt/year silicomanganese plant in New Haven, West Virginia, are voting this week on a modified labor agreement with results of the balloting to be known by April 11.

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The Wall Street Journal
April 8, 2014
By Joe Parkinson

Stalin-Era Cable Cars Make for Thrilling Daily Commute, but Some Want Upgrade

CHIATURA, Georgia—The world's most terrifying commute isn't on the 405 in Los Angeles or the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway in New York. It is in a rusty gondola high above this town in the Caucasus Mountains, built when Joseph Stalin still ruled the Soviet Union.

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