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Huntsville Chamber to help National Copper employees

HUNTSVILLE — The Huntsville-Madison County Chamber said it will help with displaced employees of National Copper & Smelting. The chamber said about 115 employees are affected.

The company announced last week it was shutting its operations in Ardmore, Tenn., and Huntsville next month.

National Copper filed a WARN (Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification) notice last week with the Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development, notifying the agency of a permanent closure on July 24. The company, which has been in Huntsville since 1982, did not file a WARN notice with the Alabama Department of Labor.

A WARN notice helps ensure advance notice in cases of qualified plant closings and mass layoffs.

“The Chamber is actively working with their (human relations) personnel to help these team members find new employment,” a spokeswoman said in a statement. “Many of our local companies, especially in the Chase Industrial Park, have openings for positions such as fabricators, shippers, machine operators, maintenance, inspection, and customer service, as well as HR and management.

“We are hopeful our conversations with local companies will result in new opportunities for these workers.”

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