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Local politicians respond to Intalco closure news – rally planned

FERNDALE, Wash. — City of Ferndale Mayor Greg Hansen issued a statement after yesterday’s announcement regarding the planned curtailment of the Alcoa Intalco Works aluminum smelter.

This news is simply heartbreaking. The smelter is part of the lifeblood of our community, and they have been putting food on the tables of Ferndale families for almost three generations. This closure will be a critical blow to our local economy in the midst of a difficult time.

We are Ferndale, we look after each other especially when things look the most grim.

I know that I will do everything in my power to breathe life back into this facility and fight like hell for all of our Ferndale families that find themselves out of work.

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Mayor Greg Hansen (April 22, 2020)

Washington State Senator and Ferndale resident Doug Ericksen also spoke out.

The Intalco Works is critical to our national manufacturing infrastructure, to our local economy and to the working families of Whatcom County. We can’t let this curtailment become permanent. I will leave no stone unturned as I work with Alcoa corporate, local management at the Intalco Works and state and federal government officials to find a path to restart.

Senator Doug Ericksen (April 22, 2020)

Ericksen also took to social media last night to announce a rally in support of Intalco workers at 11am today, Thursday, April 23rd. He invited, “Alcoa Intalco Works employees who are willing to talk to TV media,” and Ferndale City Council members and the mayor.

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One Comment

  1. Leah L. Burton Leah L. Burton April 23, 2020

    I hope this is a virtual rally given the social distancing mandates still in place in our state. Those of us who are sacrificing to adhere to these guidelines do not need to have this turn into an event that spreads in our community and negates our efforts. I have not seen my grandchildren since Feb 8 and it will really tick me off if carelessness threatens our safety and the safety of our front line workers and draws out our lock down.

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