Massena Alcoa trimming workforce

Smelting operations at the Alcoa West smelter in Massena, N.Y., seen here in an aerial photo, have been saved through an agreement with New York State. The agreement will keep the plant open for at least another three-and-a-half years (Photo/

MASSENA, N.Y. – Less than three months after a job-saving deal with the State of New York, Alcoa is trimming its workforce.

Although the layoff of 37 workers is much less than the 487 positions that were on the chopping block in November 2015.

The company announced this week that 85 positions had to go. Through retirements, voluntary exit packages and transfers, the number of layoffs was trimmed to 37.

Those people will lose their jobs Feb. 27, United Steelworkers Local President Robert A. Smith told the Watertown Daily Times.

Under the deal in November with the State of New York, Alcoa has to keep the full-time equivalent of 600 workers at the Massena West smelting plant until March 2019.

The deal includes low cost power from the New York Power Authority.