BROWNVILLE, NY, Sept. 17, 2013 (Watertown Daily Times) -Employees laid off at Florelle Tissue Corp. when it temporarily closed the last week of August because of a power failure won't be back to work at least until early October, company President Harry Minas said Monday.
The 16 employees, including 13 production workers, at the 1 Bridge St. plant are waiting for a failed power transformer to be repaired, but Mr. Minas said he is unsure how long that will take. Mr. Minas said Aug. 27 that he expected workers to be back on the job in three to four weeks.
The transformer, which will cost about $25,000 to repair, is needed to provide the three-phase power used by papermaking machines to produce napkins, bathroom tissue and paper towels. The plant's power switchgear, which also failed, is being rebuilt by a company based in Houston, Mr. Minas said. Those repairs, combined with the price of shopping, also will cost about $25,000. Mr. Minas had anticipated the repairs would cost $60,000 total.
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