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Quake closes Heinz, PPG facilities

Post Time:May 20,2008Classify:Company NewsView:302

The earthquake in China this week has forced at least two Pittsburgh companies to temporarily close facilities for safety reasons, but so far the operations seem to have escaped the worst of the devastation.

H.J. Heinz Co. halted production at a 700-employee factory in Chengdu, the capital of Sichuan Province, a region hit hard by the quake. The plant produces frozen appetizers, dim sum and desserts under the Long Fong brand name. Although the factory didn't appear to be damaged, officials said production will not restart until the danger of aftershocks has passed.

Meanwhile, officials at paint and glass manufacturer PPG Industries decided to close one office facility in Chengdu after discovering structural damage. The 10 employees will work from home, a spokeswoman said.

Both companies reported that no employees or their family members were injured in the disaster. That was also the case for Bayer Corp., whose North American headquarters is in Robinson, and which has operations in Sichuan Province. It didn't see any damage to its facilities, according to a company spokesman.

All three companies plan donations to assist in the relief efforts.

-- Teresa F. Lindeman

Source: http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/08137/882381-28.stmAuthor: admin

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