Washington, D.C.–Today, Congresswoman Elise Stefanik (R-NY-21) issued the following statement on the announcement that Alcoa will not modernize the Alcoa East plant and will shut down the smelting operation at the Alcoa West plant:

“This is very disappointing news for our region. I have been in contact with Alcoa officials throughout the year and visited the plant this past May. I saw firsthand how important this company has been as an employer to generations of North Country families. I am working with federal, state and local officials to explore this decision and to work to ensure that any unused power that was allocated to the Massena West plant will be used to benefit the Massena community. I remain committed to working in Congress to work to grow the North Country economy so that we can create good paying jobs for North Country families.”