The final chapter for Ormet has been written as the plants owner, Niagara Worldwide, announced Tuesday they are closing the aluminum smelter, permanently.
Top officials from Niagara Worldwide said the company plans to use the property for other things.
Representatives from the United Steel Workers Union (USW) said while the news is sad, they knew it was coming.
USW District 1 Staff Representative John Saunders said most of the employees accepted the truth and moved on, pursuing re-training, and getting jobs in other industries.
“They realized in industry, it would take a miracle to start it back up and they understood that,” Saunders said. “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.”
The local 5724 Union Hall in Clarington is now empty. All union employees, including the president, are gone.
As for the plant itself, Saunders predicts Niagara will tear down some of the buildings and keep others for storage.