Washington, DC—Today, U.S. Senators Patty Murray (D-WA) and Maria Cantwell (D-WA) praised the announcement by Alcoa that they will restart idled potlines at three aluminum smelters across the United States, including Alcoa Wenatchee and Alcoa Intalco. Alcoa estimates that 80 new workers will be hired in Wenatchee, and 60 new workers will be hired in Intalco.
Murray and Cantwell worked with the Bonneville Power Administration and Alcoa to secure a negotiated power agreement at Intalco that saved 600 jobs in Washington state and set the stage for today’s announced expansion.
“This is fantastic news for Washington state and the Alcoa community in Ferndale and Wenatchee,” said Senator Patty Murray. “Today’s announcement shows what can happen when government and industry come together to create jobs and help families across our state.”
“I am extremely pleased to learn that Alcoa Intalco will be restarting idled capacity in both Ferndale and Wenatchee,” said Senator Maria Cantwell. “The creation of 140 total new jobs moves these two regions further in the direction of economic stability and improves Alcoa Intalco’s long-term viability. This shows how our traditional, workhorse industries remain an important source of economic vitality in the Northwest and it justifies efforts to keep Alcoa in Washington state.”