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Westinghouse to Expand Specialty Metals Plant in Blairsville


BLAIRSVILLE, Pa., Jan. 8 /PRNewswire/ -- Westinghouse Electric Company announced today that its Specialty Metals Plant here will be fitted with new equipment to accommodate the company's new projects in China, and the pending projects in the U.S. Valued at nearly $13 million, the capital improvements will include the addition of two high-speed pilgers and a new vacuum annealing furnace.

"The investments we are making to expand our manufacturing capabilities will position Westinghouse for continued success in the worldwide nuclear renaissance," said Aris Candris, Senior Vice President of the Westinghouse Electric Company Nuclear Fuel business unit.

Valued in excess of $11 million, the pilgers are used in the manufacturing of seamless zirconium alloy tubing from extruded raw material, a key component of fuel assemblies.

The procurement of the vacuum annealing furnace, valued at $1.75 million, will support the anticipated growth of the next generation of Zirconium alloys that provide enhanced performance for Westinghouse's customers. The equipment is expected to be commissioned in the first quarter of 2009.

Westinghouse, a group company of Toshiba Corporation, is the world's pioneering nuclear power company and is a leading supplier of nuclear plant products and technologies to utilities throughout the world. Westinghouse technology today is the basis for approximately one-half of the world's operating nuclear plants.

SOURCE: Westinghouse Electric Company

CONTACT: Vaughn Gilbert of Westinghouse Electric Company,

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