Abbott Furnace Company (St. Marys, Pa.) has completed the build and test of its first Munitions Treatment Unit, designed to safely neutralize artillery shells and mortars containing chemical agents. Using Abbott's belt-furnace technology, the munitions are heated to a high temperature in a steel tunnel-like oven that will safely contain and destroy any agent that remains after the munitions have been neutralized. Abbott ( is one of two vendors selected by the Army's prime contractor for a chemical demilitarization project in Pueblo, Col. The Pueblo plant, which is in the early stages of construction, will destroy a stockpile of chemical weapons containing mustard agent. The munitions treatment will destroy any trace amounts of mustard agent that may remain on the munitions after they have been drained and the agent has been neutralized.