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Alcoa to Curtail Production at Troutdale Aluminum Smelter
PITTSBURGH--June 28, 2000--
Alcoa announced today that it will temporarily curtail all production at
its 121,000-metric-ton-per-year (mtpy) primary aluminum smelter in
Troutdale, Oregon, which is currently operating at 80,000 mtpy.
Curtailment will begin immediately. The curtailment will affect about
525 hourly and salaried employees at the facility.
Alcoa President and CEO Alain Belda said, "For the Troutdale smelter to
be competitive, extensive upgrades to its 1940's technology and large
capital expenditures are needed to meet Alcoa's safety, environmental
and economic performance standards. We regret the impact this will have
on our employees and we will work to make this transition as smooth as
possible." Belda continued, "Assuming success in our inert anode
development, retrofitting this smelter in conjunction with a
restructured work environment will be a consideration."
The company said that the contracted power that is made available by the
curtailment will be shifted to other Alcoa smelters in the Northwest. At
this time, the company does not anticipate restarting additional
capacity beyond the approximately 200,000 metric tons previously
Alcoa's total primary aluminum capacity is 4.3 million metric tons.
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