Hi-ResOfficials from Alcoa, the New York Power Authority, and New York State and local governments helped with the groundbreaking at the Alcoa Massena East Plant on Monday, July 1, in a first step towards modernizing the Alcoa East Plant Smelter.
Shown from left: Bill Gerber, Massena modernization project manager, Alcoa; Bob Lenney, East Plant Manager, Alcoa; Judge Eugene Nicandri, trustee, NYPA, State Assemblywoman Addie Russell; Gil C. Quiniones, president and chief executive officer, NYPA; U.S. Congressman Bill Owens; U.S. Senator Charles Schumer; New York Lt. Governor Bob Duffy; New York State Senator Joe Griffo; New York State Senator Patty Ritchie; John Martin, president, U.S. Primary Products, Alcoa; Bob Smith, president, Local 420, United Steelworkers, and Massena Town Supervisor Joe Gray.
Hi-ResJohn D. Martin, president, U.S. Primary Products, Alcoa (far left) presents a ceremonial check for $10 million establishing the newly created North Country Economic Development Fund to New York Lieutenant Governor Robert Duffy (far right), New York Power Authority (NYPA) Trustee Eugene Nicandri (inner left), and NYPA President and Chief Executive Officer Gil C. Quiniones. Alcoa recently approved $42 million for the first phase of the modernization of its East Plant in Massena for site work and support projects and an additional $10 million for the North Country Economic Development Fund. The fund will be administered by NYPA for low-interest loans to enterprises in the region in return for job commitments.
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