Kennametal Inc is planning to move the tungsten carbide powder production operations from its Kingston facility in Latrobe, Pennsylvania, USA, to a state-of-the-art facility in Huntsville, Alabama. The proposed move is part of an integration of recent acquisitions which included the purchase of the Huntsville site and tungsten materials business from Allegheny Technologies Inc in 2013.
“Kennametal is continually looking at opportunities within its global manufacturing operations to maximise resources, identify synergies and increase efficiencies to better serve customers,” Christina Sutter, Kennametal’s Corporate Communication Manager told Powder Metallurgy Review.
The move is expected to complete later this year. “We are currently in negotiations with the United Autoworkers union over the move and effects of closing,” added Sutter.