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Oremet name in Albany is no more

Oremet name in Albany is no more

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Oremet still exists as a legal entity, but after nearly half a century its name has disappeared from the Albany scene.

That's the word from Jim Denham, the spokesman for the two major Albany metals companies owned by Allegheny Technologies, Wah Chang and the former Oremet.

Oremet was the local name for the titanium factory at 530 34th Ave. S.E. ever since the plant was founded in the 1950s. Since 2000 it has been part of Allvac, an Allegheny company based in Monroe, N.C.

Without fanfare, Allvac decided last spring to change the name of the plant and drop the Oremet designation. The sign fronting 34th Avenue now calls the place "Allvac, Albany Plant."

Denham said the name switch took place in about March, mostly for reasons of consistency within the company.

Oregon Metallurgical Corp. still exists, though, Denham explained last week. It's an Oregon corporation that is owned by Allegheny Technologies.

And Allvac, he added, is an assumed business name of Oregon Metallurgical Corp.

The name change was thought advisable for reasons of branding and customer focus, he explained. The same thing happened to Oremet France, the overseas branch, also absorbed by Allvac.

Allvac makes titanium and nickel-based alloys for applications in aerospace, chemical processes and other uses.

The renamed Allvac Albany still provides, as before, raw material for the rest of the company.

It brings in recycled titanium and titanium sponge and runs it through its vacuum arc furnaces and melting shops, making billets and forged materials such as bars.

Local sponge production was dropped in 2001.

Employment at the former Oremet facilities last week stood at 251, down from as many as 600 a few years ago.

Jeff Klingerman, a long-time Oremet supervisor, has been named manager of Allvac Albany. He succeeded Carl Califano, now the vice president of operations at Wah Chang, Millersburg.

Allegheny, of Pittsburgh, bought Oremet in 1997 after acquiring Wah Chang in a merger with Teledyne Inc. in 1996.

For a time the corporation tried to run both plants as one, but that didn't work and management of Oremet was assigned to the Allvac branch of Allegheny.

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