Jackson County Plant Considering February Shutdown

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Ravenswood, W.Va. (AP) -- Century Aluminum of West Virginia is shutting down one potline at its Ravenswood plant and is considering halting all production because of slumping prices.

The company notified workers of the potential shutdown Wednesday morning in accordance with a federal law that requires employers to provide notice 60 days in advance of plant closings and mass layoffs.

Century Aluminum of West Virginia said the plant would cease operations beginning Feb. 15 if aluminum prices don't stabilize and the company can't reduce monthly costs.

Shutting down one potline will reduce production by about 3,540 tons per month. The shutdown will be completed by Dec. 20 and about 120 workers will be temporarily moved to other plant operations.

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