Uniroyal Technology Corp. said a strike at its Polycast acrylic sheet plant in Stamford, Conn., slowed production and pushed the division into the red in its final quarter. The company also said it was using new hires and employees who crossed picket lines to bring production up to previous levels. But the union representing 187 hourly workers at Polycast in Stamford attributed the production problems to a company lockout and said it had filed a complaint with the National Labor Relations Board to regain the jobs.
``We're still battling,'' said Joseph Esposito, business agent for Teamsters Local 191 in Bridgeport, Conn.
In the fourth quarter, ended Oct. 2, Uniroyal said the Polycast division lost $1.4 million. It reported a profit of $1.4 million a year ago.
For the fiscal year, Uniroyal reported sales of $197.5 million, an increase of 14 percent compared with 1993. Profit was $3.82 million, compared with a loss of $1.98 million a year earlier.
Uniroyal, based in Sarasota, Fla., said it had resumed previous levels of production at the Stamford plant with 20 fewer workers. Esposito estimated that 30 union members had crossed the picket line.
Esposito said the hourly workers were operating under a three-year contract that expired in April. Uniroyal locked out the employees July 16, he said.
Uniroyal did not return phone calls requesting comment.