Bennu Glass on pace to fire up Kalama plant this summer

Date: 14 February 2012
KALAMA — Workers at the Bennu Glass plant have chiseled away tons hardened glass from the crippled melter of the wine bottle plant here, and a new furnace and 100 employees should be ready to restart the shuttered plant in July, company officials say."After being in a holding pattern for two years, we now are working feverishly on a number of things," said Bennu CEO Jerry Lemieux.

Most important is the replacement of the 400-ton electric melter, or furnace. Using an electric-powered furnace was considered risky technology, and failure of the unit ultimate brought the plant down shortly after the Pennsylvania-based Cameron family opened it on Port of Kalama property.

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