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PITTSBURGH--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Sept. 6, 2005--Alcoa (NYSE:AA) today said two separate incidents at a third-party power supply substation over the weekend will partially disrupt production at its Wenatchee, Washington aluminum smelter.
The incidents, the cause of which are under investigation, caused power supply failures impacting both of Wenatchee's operating potlines, the first of which occurred early Sunday morning. The lines were without power for a substantial period of time. Once power was restored, Alcoa employees worked safely and diligently to regain operating stability of the potlines. They were successful with one of the two lines and the other line has been shutdown in an orderly manner, such that a restart can be completed.
At this point a determination has not been made as to a date for restart of the 2nd line, nor costs associated with the incidents. Production at Wenatchee will be impacted by approximately 4,000 metric tons per month. Wenatchee has been operating two potlines since mid-2005, representing approximately 93,000 mtpy. The company does not expect this to have an impact on its premium product customers.
Alcoa is the world's leading producer and manager of primary aluminum, fabricated aluminum and alumina facilities, and is active in all major aspects of the industry. Alcoa serves the aerospace, automotive, packaging, building and construction, commercial transportation and industrial markets, bringing design, engineering, production and other capabilities of Alcoa's businesses to customers. In addition to aluminum products and components, Alcoa also markets consumer brands including Reynolds Wrap(R) foils and plastic wraps, Alcoa(R) wheels, and Baco(R) household wraps. Among its other businesses are vinyl siding, closures, fastening systems, precision castings, and electrical distribution systems for cars and trucks. The company has 131,000 employees in 43 countries and has been a member of the Dow Jones Industrial Average for 45 years and the Dow Jones Sustainability Indexes since 2001. More information can be found at www.alcoa.com