Published May 2002
Rinker pipe plant
Rinker Materials Corp., formerly known as CSR America, planned to close the plant at 6300 Glenwood Ave. in late April, according to workers.
The assets were being sold to Hanson Pipe & Products, a division of British-based Hanson PLC and the largest concrete pipe maker in North America, workers said.
Rinker officials had no comment on the announced closure, only confirming that the plant might be sold.
“We are in a possible sale process, which is governed under a confidentiality agreement,” said Peter Trimble, a spokesman for the Florida-based company. “Until something happens, nothing is definite.”
But the plant’s employees — currently numbering 35 — were given their two weeks’ notice April 9.
Dan O’Connor, Business Manager with Laborers Union Local 292, started meeting with workers and management after the April 9 announcement.
In addition to the Everett pipe plant, Rinker owns asphalt, concrete and aggregate plants in Snohomish County. None of those other facilities, some of which are located next to the pipe plant, will be affected by the closure, Trimble said.
Before coming under the ownership of Rinker in 1990, the plant and other materials facilities were owned by Everett’s Associated Sand & Gravel Co., which was founded in 1938 by business partners George Duecy and Howard Sievers.
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Campaign for Kids
The event, which helps raise money for scholarships and programs provided to more than 12,000 kids in Snohomish County through Boys & Girls Club facilities as well as school and apartment sites, will feature Wally Walker, President and CEO of the Seattle SuperSonics and Storm, as the keynote speaker. County Executive Bob Drewel will be the master of ceremonies.
The HERO Award, which is given to an individual in the county that contributes to the organization in an amazing way, will be given to Herman Williams, Chairman of the Tulalip Tribes.
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WSU program to
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Herald, union reach
The contract was ratified April 3 by the workers, who work in advertising, production, distribution and technical services jobs. The union did not disclose the vote total, but guild spokeswoman Liz Brown said it was approved by a wide margin.
The contract gives workers annual raises of between 2.5 and 4.4 percent, depending on job category, which, given the current economic climate, is “fair,” Brown said.
The union also won a wage differential for some night-shift workers who didn’t receive one before, and The Herald agreed to contract buyouts, rather than layoffs, if new technology eliminates the jobs of workers during the life of the contract.
Publisher Allen Funk said the agreement allows nonunion artists to do more work during the production of advertisements. In exchange, the paper will spend more money on training for union-represented composing room workers.
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New hotel opens
The 107-room hotel, the company’s 18th property in Washington, is aimed at business people on extended work assignments or people who are relocating and need a place to stay for more than a couple of days.
wanted for trade mission
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Wilder wins award
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