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Alcoa To Reduce Operating Level at Intalco and Restart Capacity at Warrick; Output Reduced by 45,000 Metric Tons Per Year PITTSBURGH--March 20, 2001--
Alcoa Inc. today announced that the company is continuing the production
cutback at its Ferndale, Washington (Intalco) aluminum smelter and is
restarting idle capacity at its operations in Warrick County, Indiana,
At Intalco, Alcoa will further lower 2001 output of its 61% owned
smelter by an additional 70,000 metric tons, bringing the smelter's
operating capacity to 130,000 metric tons per year (mtpy). Under
agreement with Bonneville Power Administration (BPA), 281 megawatts of
power will be sold back to BPA between May 1 and October 1, 2001. No
layoffs are expected as a result of the action. As reported previously,
the company Alcoa had expected the January cutbacks to last only through
On April 1, Warrick Operations will restart the last of its six
potlines, resulting in approximately 25,000 mtpy of additional capacity.
The smelter will then be operating at its 300,000-mtpy nameplate
capacity. The potline has been idle since 1993. Approximately 40
production workers will be added.
Alcoa is the world's leading producer of primary aluminum, fabricated
aluminum, and alumina. It is active in all major segments of the
industry -- technology, mining, refining, smelting, fabricating and
Joyce A. Saltzman
Charles D. McLane