Jackson County Plant Considering February Shutdown

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

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.

(Copyright 2008 by the Associated Press. All rights reserved.)

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  • by Anonymous on Dec 25, 2008 at 06:54 PM
    Anybody who dosent feel sorry for 685 families is nothing but a lowlife scumbag.
  • by Anonymous on Dec 25, 2008 at 05:11 PM
    its going to just get worse the ohio industrial valley is the last to see the ression or depression and will be the last to come out of it. prayers to all involved
  • by Anonymous on Dec 24, 2008 at 04:12 AM
    I dont feel sorry for these people. I know a guy that works at Alcan. He jokes about how he takes naps on the job! On a regular basis. Wonder why they are losing??? DUH!!
  • by Anonymous on Dec 23, 2008 at 04:37 AM
    heres an idea The state could contract to buy the aluminum and then stockpile it until the market returns. At that time the State could then sell the aluminum to the highest bidder and perhaps make a profit.
  • by Anonymous on Dec 22, 2008 at 02:59 PM
    Check Out this study of Centurys Impact on job and economic loss if allowed to fail http://www.be.wvu.edu/bber/pdfs/BBER-2008-21.pdf
  • by james Location: ripley on Dec 22, 2008 at 01:26 PM
    So jimmy, since the plant would never give you an interview you think it is funny that almost 700 people could be unemployed? If the plant does not shut down and the economy turns around why dont you put in an application because I would love to train you on the jobs all of us 'goofs' take advantage of.
  • by Jimmy on Dec 21, 2008 at 04:11 PM
    One last post. Tell me what is wrong with a person wanting to get a good deal on property. I have had a job all of my life and worked hard. I have about 15 more years to work and can retire with approx. $2000.00 per month. Never been without a job because I am a good employee. This plant would never even give me an interview and I watched while they hired convicted felons, scabs and people such as this. Yes I am upset, but you must understand what it is like to scratch out a living doing jobs that nobody wants while waiting to get a good job at the plant. Did they feel for me and my family? You people always comfort your minds by convincing yourselves that anyone that is upset with things are either bums or stupid. This economy is coming around to what it should be and the conservative people that have played by the rules (like me) will reap the benefits. So go ahead and post your comments. Remember who this plant hired and all they demanded over the years.
  • by Anonymous on Dec 21, 2008 at 11:56 AM
    Its not only the jobs at Century that will be affected.Alcan next door wil also have a major lay off if this plant is allowed to fail.Lets not forget about the coal jobs the AEP jobs. All the support factories and suppliers.We are talking about thousands of jobs and billions of dollars lost in the surrounding area. Our thoughts and prayers to all involved
  • by Anonymous on Dec 19, 2008 at 08:27 PM
    To Mr. John W. and Jimmy! You both have shown your intelligence. We all can see that you couldn't get through the gates even as a scab! These people have put in long hard hours, blood, sweat, and tears in this plant. Yes they got good pay! And yes they do have awesome insurance! But they work hard for it with little time off to spend with their families. Many of these people don't get to spend a single holiday with their families. Instead they work in some pretty dangerous conditions to make sure they give their family a nice life. To send their kids to college. To put food in their kids bellies and a roof over their head. They are not sitting at home on the couch waiting for their check to come in the mail. Your jealousy is seen by all. You are not fooling anyone! This plant closing is a tragedy. Almost 700 people are going to be without work, and insurance. And you are happy about this?
  • by Anonymous on Dec 19, 2008 at 07:46 PM
    God bless all those in this plant, town, and county. Few are here now who have experienced the devastating affects after a major employer leaves a small town. In the words of Dylan: "Oh, what'll you do now, my blue-eyed son? Oh, what'll you do now, my darling young one? I'm a-goin' back out 'fore the rain starts a-fallin',I'll walk to the depths of the deepest black forest,Where the people are many and their hands are all empty,Where the pellets of poison are flooding their waters,Where the home in the valley meets the damp dirty prison, Where the executioner's face is always well hidden,Where hunger is ugly, where souls are forgotten,Where black is the color, where none is the number,And I'll tell it and think it and speak it and breathe it,And reflect it from the mountain so all souls can see it,Then I'll stand on the ocean until I start sinkin',But I'll know my song well before I start singin',And it's a hard, it's a hard, it's a hard, it's a hard,It's a hard rain's a-gonna fall".
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