Alcoa aluminum production expansion to add 200 full time jobs

Alcoa aluminum production expansion to add 200 full time jobs

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Local and state officials attended a groundbreaking for a $276 million expansion of Alcoa's Tennessee Operations that will add 200 jobs. Local and state officials attended a groundbreaking for a $276 million expansion of Alcoa's Tennessee Operations that will add 200 jobs.
"This is a big day when a company that's been here 100 years makes a commitment to spend another $276 million and add 200 jobs," said Gov. Bill Haslam "This is a big day when a company that's been here 100 years makes a commitment to spend another $276 million and add 200 jobs," said Gov. Bill Haslam

By JOSH AULT
6 News Reporter

ALCOA (WATE) - State and local officials gathered Thursday to break ground on a $276 million expansion of Alcoa's Tennessee Operations to meet growing aluminum demand for auto production.

Aluminum, already the number two material used to build cars, is expected to nearly double by 2025.

"I've very excited about this expansion," said Alcoa, Inc. chairman and CEO Klaus Kleinfeld. "This gives an opportunity for the plant to have a future for the next 100 years. We are not just catering to the can business, but also to the car business."

The expansion will create an additional 200 full time jobs in Tennessee once the expansion is complete in mid-2015.

In addition, an incremental 400 construction jobs will be created at the plant.

The expansion will convert some of the plant's aluminum can production facilities to high-strength automotive capacity.

"We are adding capacity basically to serve the North America based car makers who are working the shift from steel to aluminum for the body panels for their cars," said Alcoa Inc. marketing director Randall Scheps.

Gov. Bill Haslam, U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander, Congressman John Duncan, and other officials attended Thursday's groundbreaking.

"This is a big day when a company that's been here 100 years makes a commitment to spend another $276 million and add 200 jobs," said Gov. Haslam. "That's big."

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