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Kentucky aluminum plant cuts off production, lays off 600 workers due to high energy costs

Added 06-24-22 01:11:02pm EST - “An aluminum plant in Kentucky was forced to temporarily halt production due to high cost of energy. More than 600 workers were laid off.” - Foxnews.com

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A large aluminum plant in Kentucky is temporarily halting production and laying off more than 600 workers due to rising energy costs.

Century Aluminum has announced plans to shut down its Hawesville smelter for nine to 12 months starting in August. The plant, with about 628 workers, is the second-largest employer in Hancock County, the Owensboro Messenger-Inquirer reported.

The county's judge-executive, Johnny Roberts, told the newspaper the company gave him no assurances the plant would reopen after that. Roberts said the company told him that its power costs have risen dramatically this year.

Century Aluminum said the Hawesville plant is its largest "U.S. smelter and the largest producer of high purity primary aluminum in North America."

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