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Businesses Uncertain of Future Without Plant

Tue, 05/28/2013 - 10:21am

PADUCAH, Ky. (AP) — Businesses in Paducah are bracing for uncertainty in the wake of the Paducah Gaseous Diffusion Plant's expected closure at the end of the month.

The shutdown will put more than 1,100 workers out of high-paying jobs with benefits. Kele Sports Depot shop owner Stephen Kelly told The Paducah Sun that the plant has a trickle-down effect economically and the loss of jobs will be felt.

The plan also uses local suppliers, including Airgas, a gas, welding and safety supply firm; Atmos Energy; Hannan Supply Company, an electrical supply company and Midwest Terminal, oil and fuel supplier.

Several representatives from four of these companies said their operations do not solely depend plant business.

The Paducah Gaseous Diffusion Plant is the only government-owned and operated uranium enrichment facility in the country.

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Information from: The Paducah Sun, http://www.paducahsun.com

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