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.”