LYNDONVILLE - Kennametal employees have been working without a contract since Friday.

Christina Reitano, corporate communications manager for Latrobe, Pa.-based Kennametal Inc., said the contract ran out at midnight on Friday.

"Kennametal provided the union with a best and final offer," Reitano said. "The union got together on Saturday to vote and rejected Kennametal's offer."

Due to that result, Reitano said, "Employees are currently working without a contract."

No details about the company's or union's offers were released Monday despite attempts to obtain further information on what led to the stalemate. Kennametal employees are represented by the United Steel Workers Union.

"The Lyndonville facility employs about 130 people, approximately 110 of which are union," Reitano said.

The factory in Lyndonville manufactures high performance carbide and steel taps, custom solutions and reconditioning, Reitano said.Monday, there were few outwardly visible signs of turmoil at the factory at 79 Main St. in Lyndonville. The parking lot was full and it appeared to be business as usual.

Reitano said the company will continue to operate its Lyndonville facility even without a contract.

"We look forward to continuing to support our customers while this situation is resolved," she said.

Reitano said due to the sensitivity of the subject she could not provide further details but as details become available, she would release them.

Earlier this year, the Lyndonville plant shut down and employees had to take a week off without pay as part of a company-wide mandatory furlough.

According to the company's Web site, Kennametal has engineered innovative metal-cutting products and techniques for nearly 70 years using complex metallurgy and materials science in tungsten carbide, ceramics, high speed steels and other materials.

Kennametal used to known as the Vermont Tap & Dye Company. A history of the Vermont Tap & Dye Company by the Center for Rural Studies at the University of Vermont, states, "Vermont Tap and Dye Company was moved to Lyndonville in 1930 by the new owner, C. H. Davis, from Newport, where it had been in operation for 10 years. The original plant building was unique for its time, two levels with rows of windows all around.

The business grew and expanded, including a gauge plant on Pudding Hill. American Saw & Tool of Louisville, Ken., purchased the business Jan. 1, 1957.


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