The plant employed 400 workers in 2005 and was purchased by Alcoa as part of a merger deal with Reynolds Metals.

Over the past decade, the company has shed hundreds of jobs at the plant and claims that streamlining of its operations is the chief reason behind the planned shutdown.

Currently, there are 25 hourly and 18 salaried workers.

Chris Speller, the local president of the United Steelworkers Union said the closure was expected as the large plant was receiving very little in the way of work.