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Aluminum supplier Novelis Inc. breaks ground on $305 million aluminum processing facility in Guthrie

Automotive industry aluminum supplier Novelis Inc. broke ground this week on a new $305 million processing plant in Todd County, which will create 125 full-time jobs producing automotive-grade aluminum sheeting.

Work began today on construction of Novelis’ 400,000-square-foot facility on a 150-acre greenfield site in Guthrie. Once complete, the company will heat treat and pre-heat rolled aluminum coils from the nearby Logan Aluminum operation in Russellville that is co-owned by Novelis. The Guthrie facility will include machinery and technology to produce automotive-body-panel-grade aluminum sheeting, increasing the company’s global capacity. Company leaders anticipate it will be operational by 2020.

“The increased adoption of aluminum in cars, trucks and SUVs, coupled with more automotive manufacturing plants in the southeast, makes Guthrie a strategic location to serve our customers,” said Steve Fisher, president and CEO of Novelis. “With the strong, highly skilled workforce in Kentucky, we believe our culture and commitment to building a sustainable world together will have a lasting and positive impact on this community.”

Novelis is the world’s largest recycler of aluminum and a top producer overall. It operates 24 advanced rolling and recycling facilities in 10 countries across North and South America, Europe and Asia. The company employs approximately 11,000 people and did $11.5 billion in revenue in fiscal 2018.

“These are the kinds of investments that are transforming Kentucky and transforming the aluminum industry,” Gov. Matt Bevin said. “My vision for the Commonwealth is that we become the center for engineering and manufacturing excellence in the United States of America. If we can go all the way down the supply chain – from fabricating, rolling, smelting and slitting those materials – to get those materials to market, these are the kinds of things that are going to transform our state. And that’s exactly what we’re doing. Western Kentucky is primed for growth.”

In addition to the automotive industry – where more than 225 vehicle models use its aluminum alloy – customers use the company’s products to manufacture a vast array of products including beverage cans, computers, mobile phones, flexible tubing, insulating sleeves, license plates, and architectural products, such as roller shutters, awnings, roofing, gutters, facades and sandwich panels.

In Berea, Ky., the company owns a 130-employee recycling facility, which melts and casts ingots from 20 percent of the nation’s recycled beverage cans. In early 2017, Novelis announced a $2.35 million investment and 10 new jobs for that plant to expand its capacity by 25,000 tons annually.

Novelis, along with Tri-Arrows Aluminum Inc., jointly owns Logan Aluminum, which employs 1,200 people. Logan Aluminum’s proximity to the Todd County site played a deciding factor in the company’s site selection process.

For more information on Novelis, visit www.Novelis.com.

From Governor’s Office

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