Alcoa Expanding Aluminum Lithium Capabilities
The largest of the expansions is a greenfield, state-of-the-art facility to be constructed adjacent to Alcoa’s Lafayette, Ind., plant. When completed, the facility will produce more than 20,000 metric tons of aluminum lithium and be capable of casting round and rectangular ingot for rolled, extruded and forged applications. Alcoa plans to invest more than $90 million in this facility, which will create approximately 75 permanent jobs as well as approximately 150 additional jobs during construction. The new Lafayette facility is expected to produce its first aluminum lithium by the end of 2014. Alcoa is also expanding production at its Technology Center near Upper Burrell, Pa., and at its Kitts Green plant in the U.K.