The new owner of the former Ormet plant is closing the book on the aluminum smelter plant permanently.
Officials from Niagara Worldwide, who bought the property, plan to use the facility for undisclosed purposes.
Representatives from the United Steel Workers Union called it a sad day, but one they knew was coming.
John Saunders, the United Steelworkers District 1 Staff Representative, said he never offered false hope to former employees. He said most of the employees accepted the truth and moved on, pursuing re-training, and getting jobs in other industries.
“They got CDLs, went to school to drive power equipment and front loading equipment. And they have moved on. They realized in industry, it would take a miracle to start it back up and they understood that. And they’re not always happy about it, working harder for less, but they’ve taken advantage of that opportunity and I’m proud of them,” Saunders said.
The local 5724 Union Hall in Clarington is now empty. All union employees, including the president are gone. The local will continue to exist, but only through the end of the year.
As for the plant itself, Saunders predicts Niagara Worldwide will tear down some of the buildings and keep others for storage.