October 19, 2011

Silver anniversary for Portland Aluminium

Portland Aluminium is celebrating a significant milestone this month, as it marks 25 years since operations began.

The company is hosting a series of events to recognise the support of community partners, suppliers, contractors, customers and, importantly, all employees - including 67 original employees who remain with Portland Aluminium today.

Alcoa’s General Manager, Manufacturing, Victorian Operations, John Osborne, said 25 years of successful operations would not have been possible without the dedication and commitment of all employees.

“It’s the ongoing energy, initiative and knowledge of all our people that allows us to continue safely and successfully adding value to the local community and the state of Victoria.”

Alcoa of Australia Managing Director, Alan Cransberg, said Portland Aluminium has a long history of contributing and investing in the local community.

“It was back in the 80s that the construction of Portland Aluminium led to a significant economic contribution to the state and underpinned important energy infrastructure at the time. It was used by the State Government as the basis for developing the Loy Yang complex, which brought a large number of jobs to regional Victoria.

“This has also directly contributed to Victorian households and industry enjoying low cost reliable power supplies over the past 25 years.

“I have been to most of Alcoa’s smelters around the world and I think this is one of our proudest achievements – to successfully combine a large industrial complex in harmony within the local environment. Portland Aluminium remains a world class operation that we are very proud of,” Mr Cransberg said.

Mr Osborne said: “There are certainly 25 years worth of reasons for us to celebrate this month, but most importantly we want to recognise and thank each and every person who has played a role in helping our business grow to where we are today.”

A series of BBQs is being held at Portland Aluminium throughout October where employees will receive a token of appreciation from the company - a commemorative leather belt that was designed thanks to an employee suggestion.

Community stakeholders will be thanked during a luncheon at the Portland Golf Club on Thursday.

“As we look ahead, we look forward to working with the community and our employees to continue achieving our goals and tackling the challenges that come our way,” Mr Osborne said.

-ENDS-

Portland Aluminium commenced operations in October 1986.

Media contact:
Amy Blundell 0437 800 162
 amy.blundell@alcoa.com.au