Celebrating 20 years of Portland Aluminium
 
"Alcoa… It’s a goer" was the headline on the front page of the Portland Observer on 13 June 1979.
 
After Portland was selected as the site for a new Alcoa multi-million dollar aluminium smelter, the first aluminium was cast in October 1986.
 
Shortly after, then Victorian Premier John Cain officially opened the plant, calling it “one of the most important projects ever undertaken in the state of Victoria”. He described the smelter as “state of the art” because of its cutting edge technology.
 
Today, Portland Aluminium remains one of the most efficient smelters in Australia and indeed the world. The operation is a valued contributor to the state of Victoria, generating valuable export dollars and spending millions of dollars each year in wages, employee benefits, goods, services and government payments.
 
For our 20-year milestone, we joined with our people – past and present – and the community, to celebrate.
 
Please take a look through our Portland Aluminium 20 Year commemorative booklet - click here.   
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2006: A message from John Osborne, Portland Aluminium Operations Manager ...
 
"In 2006 Portland Aluminium celebrates 20 years in the Portland community, a milestone of which we are extremely proud. Our presence in Portland and our place and impact in the local community has been and always will be, a focus and priority for our operations.
 
Our vision is to be the best company in the world and to do this we need to be the best company in our community. Over the past two decades we have strived to achieve this by continually challenging ourselves and implementing changes to improve our plant, our processes and our work practices.
 
Our commitment to responsible environmental management and sustainability is one such example. For Portland Aluminium, sustainability encompasses all aspects of the triple bottom line – financial, social and environmental. Our goal is to ensure we maintain our operations at Portland long into the future by proactively managing such things as increasing business costs, changing community expectations and our market competitiveness.
 
In 2006 and the years ahead, we look forward to working with our stakeholders and community partners to help us meet our goals and future challenges."
 

Media Release: Portland Aluminium to Celebrate 20 Year Milestone
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Victorian Government Media Release about Portland Aluminium Anniversary
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Anniversary Speech by Paula Benson, then General Manager Corporate Affairs
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Anniversary Speech by Alcoa employee, Phil Holmberg
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Read more about the Portland Aluminium journey 1986-2006.
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Phil Holmberg, Operator, PA has become a huge part of my life and I am already looking forward to the next 20 years!



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Dean Outtram, Planning Officer, I feel very lucky for the opportunities I have been given by Alcoa.



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Tanya Simmonds, Accounting and Planning Manager, I really enjoy the challenges of my role and working alongside the people here.



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Carol Bamford, Operator, Carol was Portland Aluminium's first female operator, commencing work 18 months after the smelter opened and still with us today.



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Geoff Trezise, Potroom Technical Supervisor, Working for Portland Aluminium for 20 years has provided the opportunity for my family to live in a wonderful community.