Super Steel to shut down

Ray Gillen, chairman of the Metroplex Authority, said Super Steel will continue to pay taxes until they lease or sell the building. Workers were told the company will try to lease the building to a company that may be able offer some type of opportunity to displaced workers. Gillen said the industry for making locomotives parts has come to a halt, and Super Steel reported no orders for 2009. Gillen referred to Super Steel as a "stand-up company." He said company officials chose a Monday to tell their employees because they wanted them to be able to have the week to ask questions.

"Super Steel had an outstanding 2008, but there are no orders on the books and they are doing what they have to do. This is unprecedented, what the transportation industry is seeing. People who have been in the business for 40 years say it's the worst they have ever seen," said Gillen.

Gillen said the Super Steel facility is in perfect condition and was used to manufacture entire locomotives, some of which were shipped to Africa last year. He said the property has a lot of potential.

This is not the first time the company has been in the news. In 2006, the company was made to settle a civil rights lawsuit initiated by 13 black former employees. Accusations were made that the company allowed racist harassment and segregation. The plaintiffs were paid $1.25 million by the company, which also later fired eight white employees.""

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