The Public Utilities Commission may rule soon on Ormet's request for a rate reduction in their power agreement with AEP, which Ormet says it has to have to continue operating.
Last week, Wetzel County Commissioners sent a letter to the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio saying the financial loss would be devastating if Ormet would close.
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The company employs nearly 1,000 people from the area. Commissioners say the estimated loss of jobs and wages would be nearly $50 million.