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You can join the party for Intalco’s 50th, but need to sign up soon

Alcoa Intalco Works, located west of Ferndale near Neptune Beach, will celebrate 50 years of operation on Saturday, Aug. 13, at the annual employee summer picnic.
Alcoa Intalco Works, located west of Ferndale near Neptune Beach, will celebrate 50 years of operation on Saturday, Aug. 13, at the annual employee summer picnic. THE BELLINGHAM HERALD

Alcoa Intalco Works is celebrating 50 years in operation during the aluminum smelter’s annual employee summer picnic Saturday, Aug. 13, and the public is invited.

Community members can enjoy the free lunch of barbecued beef and salmon, but reservations are limited. To register for lunch, email Josh Wilund at josh.wilund@alcoa.com.

The event runs from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Intalco’s Totem Terrace, 4050 Mountain View Road, Ferndale. Lunch will be served from noon to 2 p.m.

A ceremony will follow from 2:15 to 2:45 p.m., hosted by Gov. Jay Inslee and attended by other corporate and public figures, including Congress members Suzan DelBene and Rick Larsen, and Washington state Senate and House members. There also will be live music and an employee-assembled Intalco Museum.

Intalco opened west of Ferndale in 1966 and today employs 583 people, with an annual payroll of more than $65 million and an average employee wage-and-benefit package of $107,000. Intalco pays more than $4.3 million in local taxes and contributes more than $250,000 a year to local community groups.

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