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Alcoa workers at a press conference in 2007 during which the company promised to maintain 1065 jobs. Photo: David Sommerstein.
Alcoa workers at a press conference in 2007 during which the company promised to maintain 1065 jobs. Photo: David Sommerstein.

Alcoa reduces Massena workforce to 750

Alcoa has reached an agreement with New York State to keep its low cost power contract and proceed with a plan to build a new modern potline at its East plant in Massena.

But in the interim, the aluminum giant will reduce its workforce to 750 jobs, below the 900 job threshold it promised three years ago.  Go to full article
Corning Inc. Gorilla Glass. Photo: Corning, Inc.
Corning Inc. Gorilla Glass. Photo: Corning, Inc.

Antimicrobial glass for smart devices created upstate

Upstate glass manufacturer Corning Inc. has developed the first antimicrobial glass for our proliferating smart devices, lap tops, and TVs. The glass is more resistant to bacteria but, doubts are emerging about the benefits of antibacterial products.

We use touch screens constantly. They're on smart devices, on ATMs, at self-check-outs, and in airports. And, according to Corning's David Velasquez, we're transferring the germs from everything we touch right onto those glass surfaces.  Go to full article
Elected officials and Alcoa leaders break ground at the Massena East plant last July. Photo: Julie Grant
Elected officials and Alcoa leaders break ground at the Massena East plant last July. Photo: Julie Grant

Alcoa, Cuomo cite "good first steps" on cutbacks in Massena

Governor Cuomo's top aides say they had "a positive conversation" in New York City yesterday with officials from Alcoa. But they repeated warnings that the aluminum giant has to honor its contract with the state.

The emergency meeting came the day after the aluminum giant announced it will close the two remaining pot lines at its East plant in Massena by the spring. Alcoa is trying to streamline in the wake of poor earnings reports and a weak aluminum market. More than 300 jobs are at stake.

David Sommerstein reports.  Go to full article
Alcoa's Massena East smelter plant
Alcoa's Massena East smelter plant

Alcoa to close two more pot lines in Massena

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.  Go to full article
The former General Motors site in Massena. Photo: RACER Trust
The former General Motors site in Massena. Photo: RACER Trust

Massena's former GM site in limbo until cleanup completed

The federal trust in charge of redeveloping General Motors' property in Massena says its clean-up is on schedule. The land by the St. Lawrence River is a Superfund site because GM dumped tons of cancer-causing PCB oil there for decades. As David Sommerstein reports, it's not easy to sell real estate that's still contaminated.  Go to full article
Novelis plant, Scriba, NY. Photo: Oswego County
Novelis plant, Scriba, NY. Photo: Oswego County

Novelis to spend $120 million on Oswego County plant

SCRIBA, N.Y. (AP) The world's largest producer of aluminum for the automobile industry is expanding again in upstate New York.

Novelis Inc. says it will invest $120 million to install a third aluminum automotive sheet finishing line and expand recycling of automotive scrap at its production plant near Oswego.

The company says the expansion will create 90 jobs at its facility in the town of Scriba, and other upgrades to the plant also will be made.  Go to full article
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
The abandoned J&L buildings. Archive Photo of the Day: Dan Denney, Ogdensburg
The abandoned J&L buildings. Archive Photo of the Day: Dan Denney, Ogdensburg

St. Lawrence makes progress towards buying J&L site

St. Lawrence County has gotten a step closer to buying the abandoned property of a former iron ore and steel plant in the southern part of the county. The state will relieve the county of liability for cleaning up oil spills on the former J&L Steel property.  Go to full article
Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, in Massena on Friday, Feb. 22, 2013. Photo: Natasha Haverty
Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, in Massena on Friday, Feb. 22, 2013. Photo: Natasha Haverty

Gillibrand defends brownfield cleanup funding

Senator Kirsten Gillibrand was travelling across upstate on Monday touting a bill she says will make it easier to redevelop environmentally-contaminated properties known as brownfields. Her effort comes a few days after a House committee voted to cut funding for brownfield cleanup.  Go to full article
Researchers say bats shatter and splinter because of poor alignment of the grain in the wood. Photo: <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/shaindlin/">shaindlin</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
Researchers say bats shatter and splinter because of poor alignment of the grain in the wood. Photo: shaindlin, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Why we're seeing fewer shattered baseball bats

If you've ever feared for your safety at a baseball game, you can now rest a little easier thanks to the U.S. Forest Service. After testing and analyzing thousands of shattered Major League bats, researchers at the Forest Products Laboratory have been able to decrease the shatter rate of maple bats by more than half.  Go to full article

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