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Talks continue at plant

PULASKI — A proposed new contract agreement between NanoChemonics Inc. and United Steelworkers Local 2008 was rejected over the weekend.
For the past two weeks, the two parties have been meeting in Blacksburg to negotiate a new contract, according to Richard Adams, chief union steward for USW Local 2008.
Technically, the contract agreement expired Jan. 31, 2008, but a 90-day extension on creating a new contract was given, followed by another 30-day extension, so the contract officially expired this past Saturday night at midnight, Adams said. He added that until a new contract is approved, union employees will continue to work under their old contract.
Negotiations will resume next week and this time, mediators will be called in to help, Adams said.
“There are lots of issues, but once we’re back at the table, I’m sure that we can get these issues settled,” Adams said.
Currently, there are approximately 30 wage workers and 30 salary workers at NanoChemonics, Inc., according to Adams.
Representatives from NanoChemonics, Inc. were unavailable to make comments as of press time.

Located in Pulaski, NanoChemonics, Inc., formerly known as Magnox, primarily produces nanoparticles. According to the company’s website, their monthly production capability is in excess of 600 Metric tons of nanoparticle iron oxide in aqueous, dry powder, or press-cake form.

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Talks continue at plant

PULASKI — A proposed new contract agreement between NanoChemonics Inc. and United Steelworkers Local 2008 was rejected over the weekend.
For the past two weeks, the two parties have been meeting in Blacksburg to negotiate a new contract, according to Richard Adams, chief union steward for USW Local 2008.
Technically, the contract agreement expired Jan. 31, 2008, but a 90-day extension on creating a new contract was given, followed by another 30-day extension, so the contract officially expired this past Saturday night at midnight, Adams said. He added that until a new contract is approved, union employees will continue to work under their old contract.
Negotiations will resume next week and this time, mediators will be called in to help, Adams said.
“There are lots of issues, but once we’re back at the table, I’m sure that we can get these issues settled,” Adams said.
Currently, there are approximately 30 wage workers and 30 salary workers at NanoChemonics, Inc., according to Adams.
Representatives from NanoChemonics, Inc. were unavailable to make comments as of press time.

Located in Pulaski, NanoChemonics, Inc., formerly known as Magnox, primarily produces nanoparticles. According to the company’s website, their monthly production capability is in excess of 600 Metric tons of nanoparticle iron oxide in aqueous, dry powder, or press-cake form.

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