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

Cheers as ALCOA reopens Massena smelter

There were cheers this morning in Massena, where Alcoa officials just told workers the company will reopen its East smelter after a two-year furlough.

The company will hold a press conference to make the news official at 11 this morning. Alcoa will recall 95 workers who were laid off and hire another 20 to 30 new employees.

Company spokeswoman Laurie Marr said this morning those rehires will begin immediately.

Low aluminum prices as a result of the recession were also a factor in the extended furlough. Prices have been rising steadily in the last several months.

Massena Mayor James Hidy told the Watertown Daily Times the news is "a morale boost for the whole community."

Meanwhile, a planned modernization of the plant has been put on hold. As a part of its low cost power contract, Alcoa was to have invested 600 million dollars into the facility. But the New York Power Authority agreed to let Alcoa put off that project until 2013.  Go to full article
The GM Powertrain Plant in Massena
The GM Powertrain Plant in Massena

Demolition to begin at GM plant

Demolition of the former General Motors plant in Massena will begin next month. The project is expected to take nearly two years because of toxic contamination at site. The Innovation Trail's Ryan Morden reports.  Go to full article
Stephen Maselli located his Old Adirondack furniture company in the industrial park in Willsboro (File photo)
Stephen Maselli located his Old Adirondack furniture company in the industrial park in Willsboro (File photo)

Even free of APA regulations, Adirondack business sparks struggle

Critics of the Adirondack Park Agency have long claimed that its zoning rules and regulations stifle economic activity.

But over the years, the APA has approved eight shovel-ready business parks for light industry and manufacturing.

Businesses who choose to locate in these industrial parks - which stretch from Tupper Lake to Moriah - face little or no APA oversight.

Still, most remain empty or nearly empty.

As Jon Alexander reports, the real problem may be the lack of infrastructure and convenient access in remote rural towns.  Go to full article

St. Lawrence tables J&L site decision

St. Lawrence County lawmakers want more time to decide whether to foreclose on the site of a polluted former iron mine in the southern part of the county. Residents of Clifton and Fine want the county to take control of the J&L mines site so a wood chip processor can open a plant there. David Sommerstein reports.  Go to full article
Glens Falls Democrat Scott Murphy voted Yes
Glens Falls Democrat Scott Murphy voted Yes

Murphy, McHugh vote Yes on climate change bill; Arcuri votes No

The North Country's Congressional delegation was at the center of the debate over historic climate change legislation. A bill that would cap carbon emissions and create a trading system for pollution credits passed the House by a narrow margin on Friday. As Brian Mann reports, Republican John McHugh and Democrat Scott Murphy both voted in favor of the controversial bill.  Go to full article

Commentary: tracking the rise and fall of industry in Massena

Pat McKeown has been walking her dog, morning and afternoon, along the same country road for the past 11 years. And she walked another 16 years with the dog who came before. The routine never changes. What has changed is the road.  Go to full article

Corning lays off 34; union questions timing

Labor is criticizing the timing of layoffs at the Corning plant in Canton. The high-tech glassmaker is cutting 34 jobs at the same time the plant will shut down for two weeks over the holidays to save money. The union says workers will essentially lose their jobs three days before Christmas. David Sommerstein reports.  Go to full article

Alcoa commits 1000 jobs to Massena

Massena will remain a company town for at least another four decades. Alcoa, the world's largest aluminum producer, and the New York Power Authority announced a new 30-year contract today. It guarantees more than 1000 jobs and promises a major overhaul the company's two plants. Governor Eliot Spitzer made the announcement today in Massena. David Sommerstein reports.  Go to full article

More regulation for North Country wind industry?

An influential congressman from West Virginia could play a role in the North Country's growing wind industry. The Democrat who chairs the House Natural Resources Committee says the government should tighten regulations to protect birds, bats and other wildlife killed by the giant turbines. Brian Mann has details.  Go to full article
GM's Power Train plant near Massena
GM's Power Train plant near Massena

Local UAW chief says GM decision reflects "broken" global economy

Early this morning, Brian Mann caught up with local United Auto Worker president, Tony Arquiett, who spent the last twenty-four hours meeting with workers and union members at the Powertrain plant. Arquiett says this news should alarm all Americans.  Go to full article

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