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Published: Mon, February 7, 2005 @ 12:00 a.m.



PENNSYLVANIA

Steel plant workers dies

BRACKENRIDGE, Pa. (AP) -- A steel plant worker was killed early Saturday at the Allegheny Ludlum plant in Brackenridge.

John Novick, 50, of Lower Burrell, died when he somehow was pinned between two rail cars, the Allegheny County Coroner's Office said.

The accident occurred at 3:56 a.m. Novick was pronounced dead at the scene a short time later.

The coroner's office ruled Novick's death an accident.

Bestform building bought

JOHNSTOWN, Pa. (AP) -- Two businessmen have bought the Bestform distribution center in Cambria County and plan to lease it to businesses that they say could bring 100 jobs into the area.

Bestform, a women's undergarment manufacturer, once employed 1,500 hundred workers at four facilities in Cambria and Somerset counties. Now just 60 people work at the company's former distribution center, in Richland Township, which is set to close in June.

New owners Lou Mihalko and Jim Vasilko say Bestform's parent company, VF Intimates of Monroeville, Ala., plans to lease the building until then.

But in the meantime, the two say they are working with manufacturing firms and defense contractors to try to attract as many as four new tenants to the 217,000-square-foot facility.




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