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Santee Cooper, Alcoa Mt. Holly agree to continue negotiating long-term deal

BERKELEY COUNTY, SC (WCSC) -

A Goose-Creek based aluminum maker and Santee Cooper have agreed to continue discussions to keep hundreds of jobs in the area.

Alcoa Mt. Holly and the electric company announced Thursday the two sides agreed to extend the deadline for when the manufacturer has to tell Santee Cooper if it will renew a power contract past 2015.

The deadline was set for June 30, but has been moved to December 31.

Both sides will continue negotiations for a new long-term contract.

The aluminum plant sits on 4,500 acres in Berkeley County and produces 235,000 tons of primary aluminum annually.

According to the company's website, the plant which opened in 1980 is the most advanced plant of its kind in the United States.  It employs 600 people.

Alcoa spokesperson Erin Pabst said, "We are committed to working with Santee Cooper on a long-term power contract that protects those jobs and the economic impact we bring to our region and state."

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