Opioid crisis: How one local company addresses substance abuse with its employees

Termination is immediate for American Castings employees violating the firm’s drug and alcohol policies.

The company makes a variety of cast iron products and ships them across the U.S. from its 433,000-square-foot facility on 90 acres at the MidAmerica Industrial Park near Pryor. Fire hydrants are the most visible item, but other products the company makes weigh several tons.

The Oklahoma facility employs more than 300 people and is among seven facilities owned by American Cast Iron Pipe in Alabama.

Human resources manager Lori Nichols and environmental, health and safety manager John Gann are charged with overseeing employees and ensuring they obey the company’s drug and alcohol policies. Nichols acknowledged that employees have had problems in the past with the use of alcohol, drugs and prescription medicine abuse.

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