OLYMPIA – State Sen. Doug Ericksen issued the following statement following announcement of curtailment at Alcoa’s Intalco Works aluminum smelter near Ferndale. Alcoa announced Wednesday that operations would be fully curtailed and 700 workers would be laid off. Alcoa’s Ferndale plant is the last remaining aluminum plant west of the Mississippi.
“The Intalco Works is critical to our national manufacturing infrastructure, to our local economy and to the working families of Whatcom County. We can’t let this curtailment become permanent. I will leave no stone unturned as I work with Alcoa corporate, local management at the Intalco Works and state and federal government officials to find a path to restart.
“This is a matter of national significance, as we look to protect industries that are critical to our country’s industrial base and our national security. It is one of many challenges we will face as we rebuild our economy in the wake of the coronavirus shutdown, and it is a top priority for Whatcom County and northwest Washington. Keeping this facility in operation will require cooperation from everyone. Our battle is just beginning.”