FAIRMONT, W.Va. — A major manufacturer of industrial fire and smoke dampers for heating and air conditioning units is closing it’s facility in Fairmont.
Ruskin Air and Sound Control said in a statement that commercial construction markets continue to be down, nuclear power plant construction is lagging and the acceleration of natural gas fracking technology and other alternative energy initiatives are affecting its business.
Industry reports indicate these markets will take a long time to recover, affecting the entire industry. Northeast markets served primarily from their Lexington, Kentucky and Fairmont, West Virginia facilities are some of the hardest hit, they say.
Officials say Fairmont activities will be transitioned to other Ruskin locations including those in Lexington, Kentucky, Geneva, Alabama, and Parson, Kansas. The plant closing will impact all office and plant personnel at Fairmont which is expected to close permanently in July of 2014.