- Associated Press - Friday, November 6, 2015

MASSENA, N.Y. (AP) - New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo and Sen. Charles Schumer say they’re “not giving up the fight” to keep Alcoa’s smelting operations in northern New York.

The two Democrats say they’re in talks with the aluminum manufacturer to prevent the shutdown of the plant in Massena, a move that would put nearly 500 people out of work.

Schumer says the facility is the “heart of soul” of the North Country and he hopes the company will change its plans.

Alcoa announced the closure on Monday, saying it is shuttering money-losing smelting and refining capacity to ensure continued competitiveness.

Earlier this week, Cuomo and Schumer announced a deal with Kraft-Heinz to keep three upstate plants open, a move that will save nearly 1,000 jobs.

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