By David Bresnahan, Associated PressWASHINGTON (AP) The nation’s biggest cement producer says it will keep its operations in Pennsylvania until repairs to a pipe that collapsed this month in the state are completed.
Cement maker Lowe’s Corp. said Tuesday it would resume its operations until repairs are complete to a $1.4 billion pipe that ruptured in January.
The pipe was part of a $2.2 billion contract to supply cement to the Pennsylvanian economy.
Lowe’s spokesman said the company will spend more than $200 million to repair the pipe and other parts.
The pipe is expected to be complete in early March, he said.
The company’s president and chief executive officer said in a statement that the pipe will not be repaired until the pipe’s “major” cracks are fixed.
The collapse of the pipe was the worst pipe collapse in U.S. history.
The collapse was not connected to a previous collapse that occurred in the city of Philadelphia in April 2011.