Johnstown casting foundry closing at month’s end

JOHNSTOWN, Pa. (AP) — WHEMCO plans to close its Johnstown Specialty Castings plant at the end of the month.

WHEMCO is a worldwide supplier of heavy industrial metal parts for power plants and shipbuilding. The plant in Johnstown is located about 60 miles east of Pittsburgh.

WHEMCO announced in March that the plant would be closing sometime later this year, when 36 out of more than 100 workers were laid off. Other workers have been laid off since and about 40 remain who are working to close the plant.

WHEMCO and the Florida-based Harvard Investment Group of Florida bought the plant from the former Johnstown Corp. in September 2005.

Company officials say the plant’s work is being moved to another, more efficient plant in Midland, Beaver County. That plant is about 30 miles northwest of Pittsburgh.

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