METROPOLIS, Ill. – Honeywell’s Metropolis facility recently announced their plans to idle the plant, laying off 170 employees in the process. In the aftermath, state Rep. Natalie Phelps Finnie, D-Elizabethtown, has been working with local leadership in Metropolis and Honeywell representatives to answer questions in this time of uncertainty. Phelps Finnie released the following statement:
“It is devastating to learn we are losing more good jobs in Southern Illinois. So many in our region are already suffering, and Honeywell’s decision to lay off 170 employees will only further cripple our struggling local economy. I am heartbroken for all of the workers receiving news that they will be out of a job, especially so close to the holidays.
“Fortunately, nearly 80 of these employees were union members and will receive some severance pay, but my heart goes out to all of the employees that will be laid off. Honeywell reaffirmed that this was a straightforward supply and demand problem. It is important to note that Honeywell has other unrelated plants in Illinois that are doing well.
“The Honeywell plant in Metropolis is the only plant in the United States that produces uranium hexafluoride (UF6), and has chosen to idle due to an ongoing decrease in demand. Honeywell representatives have been very cooperative and are still working to answer some of my questions, and I’m going to continue to work to ensure that others buy products that are made here in Illinois. In the meantime, I’m working with Mayor Billy McDaniel to ensure Honeywell upholds their commitment to Metropolis to employ enough staff to keep their nuclear license and environmental certification in order to keep the community safe and the plant ready for production as soon as demand rebounds.”
For more information please contact Phelps Finnie’s constituent service office by calling 618-253-4189, or by emailing RepPhelpsFinnie@gmail.com. Phelps Finnie represents all or portions of the following counties: Alexander, Gallatin, Hamilton, Hardin, Jackson, Johnson, Massac, Pope, Pulaski, Saline and Union.