Visit the "It All Starts With Dirt" Web site
Alcoa's founders discovered how to make pure aluminum and created a new industry the world over. Explore the amazing process of turning a four-ton truckload of dirt into a ton of aluminum.
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Listen to the song — 'We Can't Wait for Tomorrow'
In the mid 70's, Alcoa commissioned a theme song for radio and TV advertising that was full of hope for a brighter future. Today, the 'Tomorrow' that folk singer Dick Curless celebrated in 1976 is coming true — and we still can't wait!
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See how aluminum is made
View a three-minute video that shows the complete aluminum production process.
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Alcoa's history (timeline)
Click below for a brief, interactive overview of Alcoa's first 125 years.

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Biography of Charles Martin Hall, aluminum pioneer and Alcoa founder




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Aluminum Smelting Technical Article



In-depth technical discussion of the principles of smelting, including chemical reactions and process details.
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Smelting illustrated



View a cross section of an aluminum smelting 'pot' showing the key elements of the process.


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