Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

Lsb Unit Consolidates 2 Plants into City Facility

Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

Lsb Unit Consolidates 2 Plants into City Facility

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Two United States manufacturing plants are being closed and their operations are being consolidated into one large facility in Oklahoma City, Climate Master Inc. announced Thursday.

Climate Master, a wholly owned subsidiary of Oklahoma City-based LSB Industries Inc., started moving into its new facility at 7300 SW 44th St. in June and the first product was shipped in early July, said Peter Jones, executive vice president and general manager.

The company has about 250 employees in Oklahoma City but could hire as many as 500 within five years.

Corporate headquarters, sales and marketing functions and the company's major manufacturing were transferred from Utica, N.Y. in June and the company's smaller Oklahoma City plant, formerly known as CHP Corp., 4051 NW 3rd St., is being phased out.

"Both those plants continued operating until we got going good," Jones said. "In fact, the CHP plant still is operating, but we expect it to close before much longer.

Climate Master, which has an employee force ranging between 250 and 300 in Oklahoma City, was acquired by LSB Industries Inc. in 1985.

The company was one of the central figures in a long-term loan dispute involving the Oklahoma Industrial Finance Authority.

Climate Master received a $1 million loan from the state agency it build its new plant. But West Point Co., which developed the industrial park where the plant is located, was unable to acquire a $450,000 loan.

Officials said the two requests were for essentially the same project and would, if both were approved, the project would be over the satutory limit of $1 million for one project.

When the new plant reaches full capacity, the employee force is expected to increase to about 500, Jones said.

"Some of the employees at the older plant," he said, "have already been transferred to the new operation. It takes a combination of both new and old-time employees to make an operation work. …

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