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Alcoa's Massena East smelter plant
Alcoa's Massena East smelter plant

Massena takes Alcoa cutback in stride

There wasn't much surprise yesterday over news that Alcoa will shut down one of its aging pot lines at its Massena East plant for good. The line employs about 100 people.

Alcoa says it does not anticipate layoffs, and local officials are optimistic the aluminum giant will make good on that expectation.  Go to full article

Alcoa takeover "unlikely"

A report that Alcoa is the target of a takeover bid may be no more than a rumor. Analysts say it's unlikely two Australian companies want to purchase the aluminum giant. David Sommerstein reports.  Go to full article

Alcoa Contract Reflects Global Pressures

Members of the United Steelworkers of America approved a new four-year contract with Alcoa late last week. The 11th-hour deal reached last month averted a strike at 15 plants, including the two in Massena. David Sommerstein reports.  Go to full article

Seaway, Alcoa Show Economic Growth

Two traditional industries in the North Country are sharing in the rebounding economy. The St. Lawrence Seaway posted a 12% boost in traffic in its first few months of the season. And Alcoa released a positive quarterly earnings report last week. But as David Sommerstein reports, it's unclear how the good economic news will affect the region.  Go to full article

Global Competition for Alcoa Massena

Few were surprised when Alcoa Metals announced Wednesday it would lay off more than a hundred workers from its smelting plant. What did catch people off guard was how close the plant was to shutting down altogether. An emergency cost-cutting package ensures operation through 2003. But as David Sommerstein reports, even bigger challenges lie ahead.  Go to full article

Alcoa to Lay Off 110

Alcoa Primary Metals will eliminate 110 jobs at its East Smelter plant in Massena. But a new $7 million dollar power contract and a joint labor-management restructuring effort will keep the plant operating, at least for another year. David Sommerstein reports.  Go to full article

Hope For Alcoa East?

State and local lawmakers are hopeful after a meeting Monday with Alcoa officials and the New York Power Authority to find ways to cut costs at Alcoa's East plant in Massena. Alcoa has told plant officials to cut $23 million from next year's budget, which could endanger the jobs of more than 125 workers. David Sommerstein talks with Ken McDonnell, mayor of the village of Massena, about the challenges the plant faces.  Go to full article

Alcoa Turns 100

The St. Lawrence County village of Massena kicked off two weeks of events this week to celebrate its 200th birthday. Tomorrow marks another Massena milestone. Alcoa--the Aluminum Company of America--commemorates 100 years since it broke ground on its aluminum smelting operation.

Alcoa made Massena a classic company town for decades. Today's residents are descendants of European immigrants who sought work at the height of the industrial age. Like most North Country history, Alcoa's story starts with water. David Sommerstein looks at the past and future of Alcoa in Massena.  Go to full article

People: PCB Dredging Project Manager Anne Kelly

David Sommerstein talks with EPA Project Manager Anne Kelly to get an update on dredging of PCBs at the former Reynolds plant near Massena.  Go to full article

Alcoa Shutdown

The Big Three automakers are ailing, and some of their biggest suppliers are starting to feel the trickle-down effects. Alcoa announced over the weekend that it will shut down a part of its Massena plant for a week to help save money. David Sommerstein has more.  Go to full article

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