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DuPont to expand in N. Ireland

DuPont said yesterday that it will expand production of Kevlar fiber at a factory in Northern Ireland to meet what the company called soaring global demand for the high-strength material.

The decision prompted complaints from a union officer at DuPont's Spruance plant in Richmond, which also makes Kevlar. The synthetic fiber is used in a variety of products, but it is best known as the key material in body armor.

Donny Irvin, an officer with the Ampthill Rayon Workers Inc. and the International Brotherhood of DuPont Workers, said yesterday the expansion overseas could cost jobs at the local plant. "This is a prime example of our jobs going overseas," he said. (CLICK HERE TO READ FULL STORY)


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