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Century Aluminum announces $116 million investment to upgrade Hawesville smelting plant

Century Aluminum Co., a global producer of primary aluminum, will invest approximately $116.5 million for improvements at its operation in Hawesville that will create over 250 full-time jobs.

Century will use its investment to upgrade its smelting technology and to train new and existing employees to use the new equipment. The Hawesville operation produces high purity metal required for the defense, aerospace and electrical industries. The improvements to the facility will allow the company to remain competitive in the marketplace and increase capacity.

Century Aluminum Hawesville melting Plant (Photo from Century Aluminum)

“We are pleased to announce this investment to bring the Hawesville smelter back to full production and upgrade its technology to best in class,” said Jesse Gary, executive vice president of Century. “We are grateful to Gov. Bevin, the Kentucky General Assembly and the Kentucky Economic Development Cabinet for their leadership in making the Commonwealth of Kentucky such a great place in which to invest in and grow our business. Together with President Trump’s decisive action to implement effective Sec. 232 relief and the dedication of our excellent employees, these leaders have been instrumental in bringing these hundreds of jobs back to Kentucky.”

The company will add employment that includes hourly production positions, mechanics, electricians, supervisor roles, technicians and engineers. Century will host job fairs at the Owensboro Career Center on April 21, May 12 and June 16 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Applicants should come prepared with resumes. Production applicants should also come prepared with work keys scores, as well as a high school diploma or GED. The company also will participate in the Grayson County Job Fair on April 10, the Hardin County Job Fair on April 19, the Cromwell Group fair in Owensboro on April 27 and the Fort Knox Job Fair on September 22. Century will conduct on-site interviews at some of the listed job fairs.

“Kentucky’s aluminum industry continues to build upon the momentum generated within the sector in recent years, and Century Aluminum has certainly been no exception,” Gov. Matt Bevin said. “The more than 250 jobs created through this investment will be a boon for Hawesville and Hancock County. I want to thank the company for its dedication to the Kentucky workforce, as well as everyone who helped keep this investment and job growth in the commonwealth.”

Century is a leading producer of primary aluminum in the United States and also produces aluminum in Iceland. In total, its facilities produce more than 1 million tons of aluminum per year. The company operates two smelters in the commonwealth, in Hawesville and Robards, and will employ over 1,000 people in the state after the Hawesville restart.

For more information on Century Aluminum, visit www.CenturyAluminum.com.

From Governor’s Office

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  1. Larry black says:

    Y’all can not count. Headline grabs attention 155M. Story says 116m.
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