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LUKENS SHIPS 11,000 TONS DURING WEEK OF NOV. 11.

 LUKENS SHIPS 11,000 TONS DURING WEEK OF NOV. 11.
 COATESVILLE, Pa., Nov. 19 /PRNewswire/ -- Lukens Steel Co. shipped


about 11,000 tons of steel during the week beginning Nov. 11 and received new orders that week totaling more than 15,000 tons, according to Robert Schaal, president and chief operating officer.
 "Our steel shipments continue to flow at a respectable level compared with pre-strike shipments," Schaal said. "As we enter the eighth week of this dispute, our shipments stand at about 75 percent of normal, pre-strike shipments. We are taking steps to reach 85 percent by December 1."
 Schaal said, "Our order receipts last week showed considerable progress. To receive orders for more than 15,000 tons of steel represents an excellent week, even during pre-strike times. For this, we are especially grateful to our customers who have supported us throughout this difficult labor situation." Last week's orders boosted the tally since the strike began to more than 74,000 tons.
 Schaal said Lukens plans to hire additional replacement workers so it can continue to increase production and begin returning some salaried workers to administrative responsibilities to support the higher volumes. He said the Lukens facilities are now adequately manned to roll and finish pre-strike tonnages. On Friday, Nov. 15, there were 62 financial core union members working in the Coatesville plant. That number climbed to 77 as 15 more union members returned to work on Monday. When combined with temporary replacement and salaried workers, the manufacturing work force stands at about 800.
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 /CONTACT: W. Evelyn Walker of Lukens, 215-383-2504/
 (LUC) CO: Lukens Steel Co. ST: Pennsylvania IN: MNG SU: LJ -- PH006 -- 4785 11/19/91 08:51 EST
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