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Allied Said to Shut Down Some Operations

April 23, 1985

SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) _ Allied Corp. will terminate its 104-year-old Syracuse operations, idling about 1,400 workers, according to a Syracuse newspaper.

The Herald-Journal, quoting unnamed sources, said Tuesday the company would shut down its soda-ash plant in suburban Solvay and a quarry in Jamesville and transfer the functions to a more modern plant in Green River, Wyo.

Michael Ascolese, an Allied spokesman at headquarters in Morris Township, N.J., would neither confirm nor deny the report but said the company had scheduled a news conference at the Solvay plant for later in the day.

″There have, of course, been rumors about the closing for a long, long time, and the plant has continued to operate right through those rumors,″ he said.

A pullout would devastate the town of Geddes, town Supervisor Daniel Palatino told the Herald-Journal. Supervisor is the equivalent of mayor.

″They pay about 42 percent of the town’s property taxes. This will turn the town’s economy into bedlam,″ he said.

Allied Chemical (later named Allied Corp.) was formed in Solvay in 1881 by an entrepreneur who discovered that limestone and briny water - both available in abundance in Onondaga County - could be used to produce soda ash, an important industrial compound.

After starting in Camillus, another suburb, the company began mining limestone in Jamesville in 1911.

Allied since has grown to the 26th-largest company on the Fortune 500 chart, with 1984 revenue of $10.86 billion.

However, the Solvay plant, which still includes the original administration building, has been an unprofitable operation because of its age and the need to transport brine from nearly 20 miles away.