Alcoa's Massena operations is the longest continually operating aluminum facility in the world. The Pittsburgh Reduction Company (Alcoa's forerunner) came to Massena In 1902 to take advantage of an abundant hydroelectric energy supply. Today, Alcoa operates two facilities in Massena; an integrated aluminum smelting/ fabricating facility and smelting/casthouse facility. Electrical power is purchased though a long-term contract with the New York Power Authority. (Photo provided by Alcoa)

Alcoa breaks ground on $52M aluminum plant in NY

MASSENA — Alcoa Inc. has broken ground on an expanded, more modern aluminum plant in Massena.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Monday that Alcoa will spend $42 million to prepare for modernization and added capacity at its plant on the Canadian border.

Cuomo says the company will provide another $10 million to a development fund serving St. Lawrence, Franklin, Essex, Jefferson, Lewis, Hamilton, and Herkimer counties and on the Akwesasne Mohawk Reservation.

The plant will get 478 megawatts of low-cost power from the New York Power Authority as part of a deal intended to maintain at least 900 jobs.

Alcoa, the largest private employer north of Syracuse, agreed in 2008 to spend at least $600 million upgrading operations in exchange for the hydropower.