February 13, 1998 |
Workers demanding higher wages shut down operations Thursday at the Fontana plant of Ameron Concrete & Steel Pipe Group, the region's largest manufacturer of water distribution pipes. About 100 workers seeking a 5% wage hike voted unanimously to strike Wednesday night after three months of negotiations failed to produce a new three-year contract. The strike, which began early Thursday, idled the plant's entire labor force, leaving only a handful of office workers reporting for work Thursday.
February 4, 1998 |
Ameron International Corp. said it will close its concrete pipe plant in Portland, Ore., in March and move the work to a California plant to improve efficiency and reduce costs. The Pasadena-based maker of steel, concrete and fiberglass pipes will move the work to a larger plant in Tracy. Chief Financial Officer Gary Wagner said some of the 40 to 50 workers at the Oregon plant will be offered transfers.