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Ormet workers picketing at AEP

Updated: Wednesday, January 8 2014, 10:55 AM EST

By: NEWS9 and Crissy Clutter

Hundreds of displaced Ormet workers are in Columbus at American Electric Power headquarters for an informational picket.

Buses left Wednesday morning and workers said they plan to protest all day.

The Ormet plant in Hannibal shut down in October after the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio refused to lower Ormet's electricity costs from $60 to around $46 per megawatt-hour as the company requested.

Union leaders said they believe the average rate that aluminum producers in North America are now paying is $30 per megawatt-hour.

In the meantime, court records show Pittsburgh-based Alcoa will purchase about $11 million worth of raw materials from Ormet.

Ormet workers picketing at AEP

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