Pryor chemical plant to close

Chemical manufacturer Central Carbide, LLC will close its plant in Pryor, according to the Oklahoma Department of Commerce.
by Brianna Bailey Published: February 26, 2014

Chemical manufacturer Central Carbide LLC will close its plant in Pryor, according to the Oklahoma Department of Commerce.

About 45 workers will lose their jobs as a result of the closure, the agency said.

State officials were notified of the closure late Tuesday. The company is working with the local Oklahoma Employment Security Commission office to offer services to help affected workers.

The company manufacturers calcium carbide, which is used to produce acetylene gas used in the welding industry.

The plant will close at the end of March, according to a local newspaper article. Calls to Central Carbide’s offices in Pryor were not returned Wednesday.

Central Carbide is housed in a plant that was once Midwest Carbide in Pryor. The plant stood idle for several years before being purchased and reopened by the global chemical manufacturing company Elkem in 2004.

The private equity group Central Carbide, LLC purchased the plant in 2008.

by Brianna Bailey
Business Writer
Brianna Bailey has lived in Idaho, Germany and Southern California, but Oklahoma is her adopted home. She has a bachelor's degree in Journalism from the Univerisity of Oklahoma and has worked at several newspapers in Oklahoma and Southern...
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