- Associated Press - Friday, October 2, 2015

HAWESVILLE, Ky. (AP) - Century Aluminum says about 250 employees will remain working at its Hawesville Smelter in western Kentucky.

The Messenger-Inquirer (https://bit.ly/1WBmpjC ) reports in a statement Wednesday, the company said that the plant will continue operating at about 40 percent capacity after Oct. 24. Company officials had originally planned to shut down the smelter on that date, citing a stagnant aluminum market and low prices for Chinese aluminum.

The company now says it will keep two pot lines operating at the plant.

Century Aluminum’s spokesman Kenny Barkley says the company would monitor the economy and the price of aluminum to determine if the two pot lines would continue operating.

Barkley says the company believes it can still operate with two pot lines and be profitable.

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Information from: Owensboro Messenger-Inquirer, https://www.messenger-inquirer.com

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