Two companies express interest in shuttered Ferndale aluminum smelter

Should the smelter reopen, it could bring up to 1,000 jobs back to the community, more than replacing the 700 jobs lost when the smelter originally closed.

FERNDALE, Wash. — Officials from the Port of Bellingham say the defunct Alcoa Intalco aluminum smelter in Ferndale could be resurrected by new owners. While the news is preliminary, it’s bringing new hope for the town. 

Al Holub had just opened his Main Street diner when the coronavirus pandemic hit. If that wasn’t bad enough, the Alcoa Intalco aluminum smelter shut down not too soon after and took 700 family wage jobs with it. 

“It was a

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