State officials working with Alcoa to discuss Massena plant's future

Officials from the state and Alcoa Inc. are continuing to discuss the fate of the company's Massena East plant in northern New York following Alcoa's announcement of plans to shut down the two potlines there.

The company said those potlines, or long rows of reduction pots in its smelting operations, will close because they are no longer competitive. The Massena East plant employs 332 people.

The nearby Massena West plant employs 669.

Following Thursday's meeting, the governor's office says Alcoa expressed willingness to work with state officials and that involuntary layoffs would breach the company's state power supply contract.

Alcoa says it will work with its unions, state, local and other stakeholders "to minimize the impact of these changes and ensure our continued competitiveness at Massena West."