Since it opened in 1948, Alcoa’s Davenport aluminum facility has been at the forefront of American manufacturing.
Nestled on the banks of the Mississippi River in Iowa, the plant employs 2,200 people and is a focal point of the global aluminum industry, with 25 percent of revenues coming from exports.
Through continued modernization, including a $200 million investment over the past decade alone, Davenport has maintained its position as the world’s premier aerospace supply plant and is today the hub of Alcoa’s $3 billion aerospace business.
Davenport has produced metal for every space vehicle in America’s program, contributing to the moon landing and the U.S. victory in the Space Race. The plant produces advanced products for all major aircraft, including Airbus' A380, the world’s largest passenger plane, and Boeing's 747-8 and 777. Davenport even helps keep the President moving, producing the wings for Air Force One.
Alcoa has invented 95% of all aerospace alloys ever created. This manufacturing innovation leadership is home grown, with the technology conceived in Alcoa’s Research and Development center outside of Pittsburgh, manufactured in Davenport, and sold to customers in the U.S. and around the world.
Building on 125 years of innovation, Alcoa just announced a new, third generation, aluminum-lithium alloy to makes planes lighter, corrosion resistant, and more cost effective to build.
In addition to aerospace, Alcoa Davenport produces unique armor products for the U.S. military, including the Humvee and MRAP, and delivers automotive solutions that are enabling lighter, more fuel efficient automotive vehicles.
Alcoa has been part of the Quad Cities community fabric for over 60 years and in the last five years alone has invested more than $3 million in community initiatives focused on STEM education, skills development and environmental sustainability. Last year 20 percent of employees actively volunteered.
The plant is at the forefront of sustainability leadership, and recently became home to a pair of American Bald Eagles and their baby – Freedom – whose progress has been followed by hundreds of thousands via live webcam - www.alcoa.com/eaglecam.
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At A Glance
Fabricated Aluminum Products
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