Local facilities not affected by Alcoa's production cutbacks

Local facilities not affected by Alcoa's production cutbacks

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ALCOA (WATE) - An announced plan to reduce production at Alcoa facilities in the U.S. and Brazil will not affect operations in Tennessee, a company spokesperson said Wednesday.

The company announced it will close or curtail 164,000 metric tons of smelting capacity. The reduction is part of a review of smelting capacity announced in May.

Christy Newman, community relations manager at Alcoa Inc. Tennessee Operations, confirmed for 6 News Alcoa's Blount County facility will not be affected.

Alcoa, the world's leading producer of primary and fabricated aluminum, will permanently close one potline in its Massena, N.Y. plant and temporarily curtail production at its smelters in Brazil.

Previous cutbacks were announced for plants in Canada and Italy.

Once the cutbacks are complete 16 percent of Alcoa's smelting capacity will be idle.

The company announced in May that it was making a $275 million investment in its Blount County rolling mill operations and would add 200 permanent full-time jobs in the next three years.

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