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      Alcoa plans to shut down northern NY smelter

      Alcoa says it plans to permanently close smelting operations at its Massena East plant in northern New York.

      The company says Wednesday the two potlines will close in the first quarter of this year because they are no longer competitive. Pittsburgh-based Alcoa says it closed another of the long rows of reduction pots 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 successful.

      A spokeswoman for Gov. Andrew Cuomo says state and power authority officials met with Alcoa Wednesday to say they "intend to enforce the terms" of the contract for long-term, low-cost hydropower that requires the company to maintain employment at the plants.