Legislators will seek remedy to keep Century Aluminum plant from closing

Legislators will seek remedy to keep Century Aluminum plant from closing

BERKELEY COUNTY, SC (WCSC) - Century Aluminum officials say South Carolina legislators will seek a way to keep its Mt. Holly plant from closing.

"Recent statements by our local legislators that they will seek a legislative remedy when the General Assembly convenes in January have genuinely moved our employees," Century Aluminum officials said in a statement."We appreciate their commitment to saving jobs and the $945 million direct economic impact our plant provides the state."

According to Century Aluminum officials, local legislators have requested that the company consider extending the current contract to allow them to seek a long-term solution.

"Century Aluminum continues trying to find an affordable way to keep one potline at Mt. Holly operating including looking at extending the contract for a short duration with Santee Cooper to allow the state legislature time to act," company officials said.

According to Wiktionary, a potline is an interconnected row of electrolytic reduction pots used in the smelting of aluminum.

Officials at the Berkeley County aluminum plant are shutting one of two molten aluminum-producing potlines down, a task they say should be completed by Tuesday morning.

In October, officials at the plant said they would have to close their doors unless they could agree on a new contract with Santee Cooper that would help them stay open.

Power utility Santee Cooper rejected a request to allow Century Aluminum to buy cheaper power from out of state in a meeting last month.

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