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Universal Stainless Experiences Fire at Its North Jackson Facility

Jun 17, 2019
  • No injuries resulted from the fire
  • The fire was associated with Hydraulic fluid and contained at the forge machine
  • All other North Jackson production units continue to operate
  • Electrical and hydraulic repairs at the forge machine are underway
  • No interruption to product delivery schedules

BRIDGEVILLE, Pa., June 17, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Universal Stainless & Alloy Products, Inc. (Nasdaq: USAP) today reported that they experienced a fire at their North Jackson, OH facility on Friday, June 14, 2019. The fire was contained to the SMS Meer GmbH, SMX 650 / 13 MN Hydraulic Radial Forging Machine. There were no injuries associated with the fire and all other production units continue to operate. Clean-up and repair activities commenced immediately after the fire was extinguished. The fire was caused by a ruptured hydraulic line which resulted with the hydraulic fluid coming in contact with hot metal and igniting. Electrical and hydraulic repairs are underway. The Company is not expecting any impact to product delivery schedules. While it is anticipated that the forge will be operational in a matter of days, the Company has the ability to shift hot work production to its Dunkirk, NY facility.

Chairman, President and CEO Dennis Oates commented: “Even with this incident, we are fully focused on maximizing our production and customer satisfaction. While some of the team will divert their energies toward quickly getting the forge back in operation, all employees are continuing the efforts of getting quality products to our customers.

“I have confidence that our employees are fully engaged and will take advantage of any ways to minimize the impact of the fire on our production.”

About Universal Stainless & Alloy Products, Inc.

Universal Stainless & Alloy Products, Inc., established in 1994 and headquartered in Bridgeville, PA, manufactures and markets semi-finished and finished specialty steels, including stainless steel, nickel alloys, tool steel and certain other alloyed steels. The Company's products are used in a variety of industries, including aerospace, power generation, oil and gas, and heavy equipment manufacturing. More information is available at www.univstainless.com.

Forward-Looking Information Safe Harbor

Except for historical information contained herein, the statements in this release are forward-looking statements that are made pursuant to the “safe harbor” provision of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995.  Forward-looking statements involve known and unknown risks and uncertainties that may cause the Company's actual results in future periods to differ materially from forecasted results. Those risks include, among others, the Company’s ability to maintain its relationships with its significant customers and market segments; the Company’s response to competitive factors in its industry that may adversely affect the market for finished products manufactured by the Company or its customers; the Company’s ability to compete successfully with domestic and foreign producers of specialty steel products and products fashioned from alternative materials; the demand for the Company’s products and the prices at which the Company is able to sell its products in the aerospace industry, from which a substantial amount of our sales is derived; the Company’s ability to develop, commercialize, market and sell new applications and new products; the receipt, pricing and timing of future customer orders; the impact of changes in the Company’ product mix on the Company’s profitability; the Company’s ability to maintain the availability of raw materials and operating supplies with acceptable pricing; the availability and pricing of electricity, natural gas and other sources of energy that the Company needs for the manufacturing of its products; risks related to property, plant and equipment, including the Company’s reliance on the continuing operation of critical manufacturing equipment; the Company’s success in timely concluding collective bargaining agreements and avoiding strikes or work stoppages; the Company’s ability to attract and retain key personnel; the Company’s ongoing requirement for continued compliance with laws and regulations, including applicable safety and environmental regulations; the ultimate outcome of the Company’s current and future litigation matters; the Company’s ability to meet its debt service requirements and to comply with applicable financial covenants; risks associated with conducting business with suppliers and customers in foreign countries; risks related to acquisitions that the Company may make; the Company’s ability to protect its information technology infrastructure against service interruptions, data corruption, cyber-based attacks or network security breaches; the impact on the Company’s effective tax rates of changes in tax rules, regulations and interpretations in the United States and other countries where it does business; and the impact of various economic, credit and market risk uncertainties. Many of these factors are not within the Company’s control and involve known and unknown risks and uncertainties that may cause the Company’s actual results in future periods to be materially different from any future performance suggested herein.  Any unfavorable change in the foregoing or other factors could have a material adverse effect on the Company’s business, financial condition and results of operations.  Further, the Company operates in an industry sector where securities values may be volatile and may be influenced by economic and other factors beyond the Company’s control.  Certain of these risks and other risks are described in the Company's filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) over the last 12 months, copies of which are available from the SEC or may be obtained upon request from the Company

CONTACTS: Dennis M. Oates
President and CEO
(412) 257-7609
  Christopher T. Scanlon
VP Finance, CFO
and Treasurer
(412) 257-7662
  June Filingeri
Comm-Partners LLC
(203) 972-0186

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Source: Universal Stainless & Alloy Products, Inc.