Ferndale residents fight through plant closure and COVID-19 pandemic

Ferndale’s Alcoa-Intalco aluminum smelter closed permanently in July 2020.

A Northwest city is dealing with two massive economic blows right now: the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and the closure of one of its main employers. Last summer, Ferndale’s Alcoa-Intalco aluminum plant closed forever, taking hundreds of jobs with it. 

“It was a big part of this town,” said Paul Shuey. “It’s gonna be a big hit to everyone.” He is among those left without work by the smelter’s closing.

Shuey now spends his days looking for a new job, something he never thought he’d have to do again.

“I was hoping that would

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