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PORT­LAND’s small busi­nesses will be crip­pled if the alu­minium smelter closes, own­ers say.

With small busi­nesses re­ly­ing on the trade from Al­coa em­ploy­ees, their fam­i­lies and a thriv­ing lo­cal econ­omy that re­lies on man­u­fac­tur­ing, own­ers are ex­pect­ing prof­its to take a hit if the plant closes.

Port­land pizza shop owner Wayne Tay­lor (pic­tured) bought the Beach House pizza shop when he was 19, and has be run­ning it for 35 years.

Mr Tay­lor said he ex­pected the busi­ness to be “knocked about” if Al­coa closed the plant.

“I ex­pect about a 40 per cent drop in trade for the first year or so,” Mr Tay­lor said.

“I em­ploy 10 peo­ple, so ob­vi­ously peo­ple around here are go­ing to lose their jobs; we might lose a cou­ple of work­ers, and a few more will lose reg­u­lar shifts.

“Other shops could com­pletely close down.”

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