CLAYTON, MO, March 12, 2008 – Olin Corporation (NYSE: OLN) announced today that it plans to streamline its Chlor Alkali manufacturing operations in Canada in order to serve its customer base in a more cost effective manner. Olin manufactures and sells chlorine, caustic soda, sodium hypochlorite and sodium chlorate in Canada under the Olin Chlor Alkali Products name.
The company said it would close its Dalhousie, New Brunswick, Canada chlorine, caustic soda, and sodium hypochlorite operations by early June and its sodium chlorate operations in August. A caustic soda storage and distribution terminal will begin operating in June at the facility. Olin will continue to supply its chlor alkali customers from other Olin locations and will exit the sodium chlorate business.
Olin expects to incur cash expenses of $3 million in 2008 associated with the shutdown and expects to realize annual cost savings of $8 to $10 million. The company does not expect to incur a charge to income associated with these actions.
Olin Corporation is a manufacturer concentrated in two business segments: Chlor Alkali Products and Winchester. Chlor Alkali Products manufactures chlorine and caustic soda, sodium hydrosulfite, hydrochloric acid, hydrogen, sodium chlorate, potassium hydroxide and bleach products. Winchester products include sporting ammunition, reloading components, small caliber military ammunition and components, and industrial cartridges.
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