Catalyst Research plant to close 180 jobs to be lost

March 27, 1992|By Ross Hetrick | Ross Hetrick,Staff Writer

Mine Safety Appliance Co. will close its Catalyst Research division in Owings Mills in September or October, eliminating the 180 jobs at the plant.

The shutting of the factory on Crondall Lane, which makes batteries for heart pacemakers and medical measuring equipment, will cost at least 120 workers their jobs, said Donald E. Crean, a spokesman for Mine Safety Appliance, the Pittsburgh-based parent company.

About 60 workers have been offered jobs in the Pittsburgh area, but it is not known how many employees will accept the new jobs, Mr. Crean said. Most of the terminations will occur in late summer or early fall, but some will come sooner, Mr. Crean said.

The workers losing their jobs will receive severance pay and assistance in finding other jobs, he said.

Mine Safety, which has sales of about $500 million a year, primarily makes industrial safety equipment. It said it is closing the plant because it has excess manufacturing capacity. "Equipment sales haven't been as strong because of the recession," Mr. Crean said.

The operations at the plant will be consolidated with Mine Safety Appliance's plant in Cranberry Township, near Pittsburgh. The company will try to sell the 50,000-to-60,000-square-foot Owings Mills plant, Mr. Crean said.

Catalyst Research was founded in Baltimore in 1935 as Carbon Monoxide Eliminator Co.,

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