- Associated Press - Tuesday, April 1, 2014

MASSENA, N.Y. (AP) - Alcoa Inc. will keep hundreds of jobs at one of its two plants in northern New York in a deal with the state announced two days after the company shut down the other facility.

The agreement announced Monday by Pittsburgh-based Alcoa and Gov. Andrew Cuomo calls for the company to maintain 750 jobs at its Massena West plant and train workers for high-demand, technical jobs.

That number is down from the 900 agreed upon in 2008 that would allow the aluminum manufacturer to continue to receive low-cost power from the New York Power Authority.

Alcoa announced in January that it would close the potlines used in smelting operations at Massena East because they were no longer competitive. Company officials say the shutdown was completed Saturday.

Massena East employed 332 people.

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