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Honeywell’s Metropolis Facility Fact Sheet
Type of Facility : Fluorine chemical facility that converts raw uranium into a nuclear fuel precursor
Products: Uranium hexafluoride (UF6): a compound used in the uranium enrichment process that produces fuel for nuclear reactors
Employment: Honeywell’s Metropolis site employs 250 full-time employees, including approximately 100 production employees represented by the United Steelworkers.
History: Metropolis Works began operation in 1958 under a contract with the U.S. Atomic Energy Commission. Following completion of the contract in 1964, UF6 production was suspended, but the plant continue to produce other products. The facility underwent rehabilitation in 1967 and has operated as a private converter since 1968. It operates under a license from the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC). In 2012-13, the site was upgraded to comply with post-Fukushima NRC standards to withstand tornadoes and earthquakes.
Address: 2768 North U.S. 45 Road, Metropolis, IL 62960
Phone: (618) 524-2111
Plant Manager: Jeff Fulks
Plant Economics: Honeywell spends approximately $11 million per year for goods and services in the local community to support the operation of the Metropolis plant. In 2013, the Metropolis facility paid more than $300,000 in local property and use taxes. When in full operation, the plant has a payroll that exceeds $40 million per year. In addition to Honeywell’s own employees at Metropolis, the plant is responsible for hundreds of additional jobs in the community. This includes jobs that support Metropolis Works related to security, engineering, construction and raw materials.
Plant Investments: Honeywell has invested nearly $177 million over the past 10 years in capital improvements, including more than $50 million in safety projects. Recently, the Metropolis facility underwent a series of upgrades that will ensure our facility can withstand a significant seismic event or tornado, as required by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) under its post-Fukushima mandates for all U.S. nuclear-related facilities. These upgrades reflect a significant investment by Honeywell in our plant to continue to serve our customers and preserve hundreds of good jobs in the Metropolis area.
Responsible Care®: Honeywell Performance Materials and Technologies is committed to the safety of our employees, the quality of our products, and being responsible stewards for the protection of our environment, the communities in which we operate, and our customers. We are a member company of the American Chemistry Council, and Responsible Care is the foundation for health, safety, and environment excellence in our business. Our Responsible Care Management System is used to support our full commitment to legal and other health, safety, and environment requirements to which we subscribe.
Emergency Information At 10 a.m. on the first Tuesday of every month, the Metropolis facility conducts a test of the plant’s two off-site emergency sirens. In addition, on-site sirens are tested the first Wednesday of every month at noon.Refer to Metropolis Works Shelter in Place instructions when you hear the Metropolis plant’s off-site notification sirens, or receive a phone call with the message to shelter-in-place. Metropolis maintains a Rapid Notify phone callout emergency system based on publicly available records from local telephone service providers. If you have an unlisted phone number and wish to be listed in our Rapid Notify system, please send us your name, phone number and address so that we can update our listing. Information will only be used in case of emergency. Send an email to: MTW_Community@Honeywell.com, or a letter to Honeywell Metropolis, ATTN: Rapid Notify system, P.O. Box 430, Metropolis, IL 62960.