Big Rivers send layoff notices to workers

OWENSBORO, Ky. (AP) - Big Rivers Corp. says it expects to trim its workforce by 165 positions when it idles two generating plants.

The Messenger-Inquirer reports that the western Kentucky utility sent layoff notices to employees on Thursday.

The layoffs are part of the utility's continuing adjustment to the loss of two smelter-customers - Century Aluminum's plants at Hawesville and Sebree.

Both plants canceled long-term contracts to get cheaper power on the open wholesale market.

Big Rivers spokesman Marty Littrel says the utility's Wilson generating plant is expected to be idled in February, followed by the idling of the Coleman plant no later than June.

He says other reductions are expected at the company's Henderson headquarters, but the exact number isn't known yet.

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