Continued operation of Alcoa Ferndale plant is a matter of national significance, say Whatcom County lawmakers
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At a rally Thursday, Whatcom County lawmakers said they plan to make the case for Alcoa’s Intalco Works at the highest levels of government, highlighting the importance of the Ferndale aluminum smelter to national security.
Alcoa announced full curtailment of the plant this week, meaning layoffs for more than 700 workers. Operations are slated to end in July.
More than 150 workers turned out for the rally at Ferndale’s Pioneer Park, called by state Sen. Doug Ericksen, R-Ferndale, and Rep. Luanne Van Werven, R-Lynden. Lawmakers said they wanted to show support for the threatened facility, the only remaining aluminum smelter west of the Mississippi.
Ericksen noted that there are only seven aluminum smelters left in the United States, while China has 140. “If there is one thing that has really been exposed during this COVID-19 crisis, it’s how we have to bring American jobs home, but before we do that, we have got to keep the American jobs we have here right now, producing the materials that we need in this country,” he said.
Full speeches from rally can be seen here, courtesy My Ferndale News.
Other coverage was provided by KOMO-TV, here.