- Associated Press - Friday, December 4, 2015

MONCKS CORNER, S.C. (AP) - Century Aluminum workers are meeting with the head of South Carolina’s state-owned utility as time runs out to keep Century’s Goose Creek aluminum plant operating with its 600 jobs.

Local media outlets report that dozens of workers picketed Santee Cooper headquarters in Moncks Corner on Thursday. Some of them meet Friday with Santee Cooper CEO Lonnie Carter.

Century has been buying most of its power from an out-of-state provider with Santee Cooper providing the rest and transmitting the power. Century wants to buy all its power from another provider and pay Santee Cooper for transmitting it.

Santee Cooper says it cannot agree to a rate that would increase costs for other industrial customers. Century says without a new contract, the aluminum plant will close at the end of the month.



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