GOOSE CREEK — Gov. Nikki Haley toured Alcoa’s massive aluminum-smelting plant in Mt. Holly this afternoon and held a town hall meeting with employees, but offered no solution to Alcoa’s energy costs, which have caused the corporation to threaten to close the facility.
Alcoa officials say the plant is one of their most productive, but that $4-million-a-week power bills can’t be sustained.
The company has been negotiating with state-owned Santee Cooper on electricity rates, but both sides will say only that talks are ongoing.
Haley promised a solution will be found.
“We will not let power (costs) be the reason why you all don’t have a job,” she told hundreds of employees.
Alcoa employs 560 full-time workers in Mt. Holly, as well as about 80 full-time contractors.
Read more in Friday’s editions of The Post and Courier.