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Century Aluminum Reaches Healthcare Deal With Retirees
Reported by: Associated Press
Web Producer: Mamie Buoy
Reported: Feb. 29, 2012 8:01 PM EST
Updated: Feb. 29, 2012 8:18 PM EST
Ravenswood , Jackson County , West Virginia
Century Aluminum appears close to restarting its shuttered West Virginia plant.
Senator Jay Rockefeller says Century Aluminum reached a healthcare deal with its workers and retirees. The deal paves the way for reopening the Ravenswood plant.
The Ravenswood factory closed in 2009. More than 600 workers lost their jobs. In 2010, the company decided to drop healthcare coverage for its retirees.
According to a statement from Senator Rockefeller, a deal was reached Wednesday.
"This is fantastic news - for the company, for its retirees, and for the Ravenswood community. We all had a shared goal - reopening the Ravenswood plant and doing so in a way that provided health care to Century retirees. Today, that goal is one-step closer to being realized because the company and the retirees found common ground for the future of West Virginia," says Senator Rockefeller.
Senator Joe Manchin also released a statement regarding the agreement. "This is a great day for West Virginia’s hard-working families because we’ve taken a major step to show the world that we can come together to do what is right - and that we’re going to fight for every job. As West Virginia proves every day, our workforce can - and will - compete with anyone else in the world. "
Governor Earl Ray Tomblin says, "Century Aluminum and its retirees have reached an agreement in principle. We are thrilled Century Aluminum has reached this agreement, and although the details are still to be worked out, we are encouraged to be closer to reopening the plant. Century Aluminum is a critical piece needed to bring back hundreds of jobs and revitalize Jackson County."
Stay tuned to Eyewitness News for the latest on this developing story.
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