When Century's Ravenswood plant shut down in 2009, more than 650 workers were laid off. Company officials have said about 450 jobs could be returned immediately if the plant reopens, and 200 jobs could be added later.
Hundreds of Century Aluminum retirees lost the health benefits promised to them under union contracts in July 2011. In March of this year, the retirees voted to accept a deal that would restore part of those benefits -- a step they hoped would help lead to the reopening of the plant.
"It is hard to know what Century will do. Until they react to the PSC decision, we don't want to comment," Karen Gorrell, who heads the Century Aluminum Retiree Committee, said Friday.
"If they accept it, hallelujah. If not, we are back to square one. I think it looks like a lucrative deal for Century. We hope they don't walk away from it. There is not a whole lot for the retirees to say until we know what Century decides."
Gorrell's group has been fighting to make Century keep its previous promises to provide health coverage to retired workers and their spouses.
Appalachian Power spokeswoman Jeri Matheny said Thursday that the company would support the PSC's new rate proposal.
"For the most part, we're glad the commission was able to reach what seems like a reasonable plan of action," Matheny said. She added that company officials are especially glad the newly proposed rate will put risk not on other Appalachian Power customers, but on Century.
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