Employees at the power plant in Chamois left their jobs for the final time Monday.

Central Electric Cooperative announced it would close the plant last winter.

$2.2 million in direct payroll will be taken out of the local economy.

The school district in Chamois could stand to lose $58,000.

CEO Donald Shaw told ABC 17 News rising transportation costs, a new $3 million railroad spur and $14 million in required upgrades to meet environmental regulations were just to costly to keep the facility open.