Honeywell officials project lower employment levels when work resumes at the Metropolis plant this summer. The company announced in a letter to employees yesterday it plans restarting production by June.
The company also plans to rehire an estimated 270 employees by mid-May, fewer than before the shutdown. The plant converts uranium ore into uranium hexafluoride. Honeywell says UF6 is an essential compound used to produce enriched uranium for use as fuel in nuclear power plants. Nuclear Regulatory Commission inspectors prompted the shutdown when they found equipment there could not withstand a major earthquake or tornado.