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Company May Expand Plant Where 2 Workers Died

Horsehead Corp. says it hopes to expand a zinc plant at the site where two workers were killed in a July explosion.

MONACA, Pa. (AP) -- Horsehead Corp. says it hopes to expand a zinc plant at the site where two workers were killed in a July explosion.

The plant in Potter Township is about 25 miles northwest of Pittsburgh. Company spokesman Ali Alavi says Horsehead has spent "significant" money upgrading the plant since the explosion, and noted the plant already has a skilled labor force and a power plant, which are both keys to any expansion.

A feasibility study shows the plant could produce 150,000 tons of zinc from recycled materials each year using technology designed to reduce air pollution.

The president of the United Steelworkers local says the union's 500 workers support the plan.

Alavi says the company hopes to pick a site for the plant by spring and start building by year's end.

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