Alcoa Corporation Plans Partial Restart of Aluminum Smelter at Warrick Operations
The process to restart the three lines, with 161 400 t of annual capacity, began immediately and is expected to be complete in the second quarter of 2018. The three potlines directly supply the Warrick rolling mill, which serves the North American market with flatrolled aluminum for the food and beverage can packaging industry. The smelter’s molten metal supplements purchased scrap metal and other raw materials that the Warrick site continues to procure. The smelter at Warrick closed in March of 2016. Two of the five smelting potlines were classified as curtailed capacity and remained idle. After this partial restart, Alcoa has ap proximately 886 000 t idled of its total smel ting capacity of 3,4 t. Restart expenses expected to be incurred in the third and fourth quarters of 2017 are estimated to be between USD 30–35 million. The Warrick location employs about 1250. The restart increased the site’s employment by approximately 275, including those who were hired or recalled from layoff status. Some existing employees were transfered to the smelter.