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Alcoa plans to shut down northern NY smelter

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ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - Alcoa says it plans to permanently close the two remaining potlines at its Massena East plant in northern New York in the first quarter of this year.

The company says those long rows of reduction pots will close because they are no longer competitive. Pittsburgh-based Alcoa said it closed another potline there in August.

Bob Wilt, president of Alcoa Global Primary Products, says they plan to work with the New York Power Authority and others to keep its Massena West smelter operating successfully.

According to the company, the Massena East plant employs 332 people.

The Massena West plant employs 669.

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