Friday, April 05, 2002

Tristate Summary




Fernald lays off 61 employees

        With the environmental cleanup about 35 percent complete, Fluor Fernald Corp. laid off 61 salaried workers Thursday.

        Company spokesman Jeff Wagner said the workers were warned in October that the project was progressing to the point that the company would need to cut back on some categories and expand others.

        Fluor Fernald, a subsidiary of Fluor Corp., was hired by the U.S. Department of Energy to clean up the former uranium-processing plant in Crosby Township. It still employs about 1,500 people and expects to complete the project in 2006.

        Mr. Wagner said the next phases of the cleanup will require more heavy-equipment operators for building demolition.

Restaurants plan to open at mall

        Two franchises of the popular Red Lobster and Chipotle Mexican Grill chains will open on Forest Fair Mall property by the end of the year.

        Council members voted this week to revise the mall's development plans so that two outlots can be added to the front of the property, which rests along Interstate 275.

— From staff reports

       



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