August 9, 2018
Arconic, one of Alcoa’s late 2016 spinoffs, announced it would restart idle equipment in its East Texas plant. The new machinery will lead to more hiring, with 35 anticipated to join the payroll in 2019. The company is investing $14 million in the process, which will enable the finish of rolled aluminum sheeting used for industrial products.
Engineering for the project is underway, with casthouse production anticipated to launch in Q1 2019. “Restarting the system involves testing and repairing where needed, making computer system and electrical upgrades and optimizing functionality once equipment is fully operational,” Arconic’s Tracie Gliozzi told the Texarkana Gazette.
Alcoa had shuttered the casthouse at 300 Alumax Dr. in Nash, TX during 2009, only to restart it in 2015 with a $6 million investment to meet demand for aluminum slab from the automotive industry. At this point, 80 are currently employed at the facility.
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