Steelworkers Will Bring Ormet Fight to AEP's Columbus Headquarters

Jan 06, 2014, 09:53 ET from United Steelworkers (USW)

PITTSBURGH, Jan. 6, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The United Steelworkers (USW) today said that a busload of laid-off workers from Ormet's aluminum smelter in Hannibal, Ohio will conduct an informational picket on Wednesday, January 8, 2014, outside American Electric Power (AEP) headquarters in Columbus.


Ormet plunged into bankruptcy in February 2013 after AEP raised its electric rate from $38 per megawatt hour in 2009 to $62.80 in 2013. The average rate for aluminum producers in North America is currently $30.

The USW has delivered thousands of petition signatures to Gov. John Kasich and the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio (PUCO) urging them to intervene so that the bankrupt aluminum producer can resume operations.

The USW represents 850,000 men and women employed in metals, mining, pulp and paper, rubber, chemicals, glass, auto supply and the energy-producing industries, along with a growing number of workers in public sector and service occupations.

ATTN ASSIGNMENT/EDITORS: Photo Opportunities, Interviews


Steelworkers fighting to save jobs at Ormet


Informational picket at AEP corporate headquarters


10 a.m. – 3 p.m. on Wed., Jan. 8, 2014


American Electric Power - 1 Riverside Plaza, Columbus, OH 43215

More information, contact: Donnie Blatt – 740-504-8900 (cell) or

SOURCE United Steelworkers (USW)