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Alcoa to close two more pot lines in Massena

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Alcoa announced Wednesday it will close the last two pot lines at its Massena East plants by the spring. The news comes after the aluminum giant closed another pot line last summer. And as David Sommerstein reports, it leaves Alcoa's future plans unclear.

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Sen. Charles Schumer has visited Massena to celebrate Alcoa's commitment to Massena, a commitment that's now in jeopardy. Photo: David Sommerstein

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David Sommerstein
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Saying that the pot lines are no longer competitive, Alcoa announced in a press release Wednesday afternoon that the two remaining lines at the former Reynolds plant near the international bridge in Massena will close in the first quarter. Alcoa Global Primary Products president Bob Wilt said the company will work the union and state and local government to “minimize the impact” of the changes. More than 300 people work at the East plant, with another 670 at the main Massena West plant, closer to the village.

Alcoa has signed a contract with New York State to invest 600 million dollars to modernize, build a new pot line by 2018, and retain at least 900 jobs in Masena in exchange for low-cost power. Officials including Senator Chuck Schumer and Lieutenant Governor Robert Duffy have made personal visits to Massena to announce that deal to much fanfare.

In statements yesterday, Governor Andrew Cuomo, as well as State Senators Joe Griffo and Patty Ritchie, said they intend to hold Alcoa accountable to those commitments.

According to WWNY-TV, Cuomo’s aides will be holding an emergency meeting with Alcoa officials in New York City Thursday.

CORRECTION: An earlier version of this story incorrectly gave the date for completion of the new pot line. It is 2018.

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