Hundreds of workers at the Rio Tinto Alcan plant are expected to an internal jobs fair.
It was confirmed recently that more than 500 people will be made redundant when the smelter closes. Nissan and Huntsman are among the firms that will try and create opportunities for them.
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The 60-year-old takes charge of the Black Cats with immediate effect.
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The operation took around three hours to complete, with the remains being disposed of by a specialist animal by-product company.