August 31, 2011
Alcoa Mosjøen ‘Fittest Company’ in Norway
NEW YORK & MOSJ?EN--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Alcoa (NYSE:AA) today announced that its Mosjøen location has been recognized as Norway’s ‘fittest company’ for 2011 in the large, private company category in an annual competition. Alcoa Mosjøen was awarded the title based on its ‘Alcoa in Shape’ program, which promotes employee health and community volunteerism.
The ‘Norway’s fittest company’ competition runs from November 2010 until May 2011, and is sponsored by Dagens Næringsliv, one of Norway’s leading finance newspapers, and Norges Bedriftsidrettsforbund, the Norwegian Confederation of Sports. A range of companies compete in five categories: medium and large businesses in the public sector; and small, medium and large businesses in the private sector. Participants are rated on various criteria, including employee involvement, physical conditioning, sports facilities and activities, and overall promotion of healthy lifestyle.
The jury report stated: “Alcoa Mosjøen is focused on physical activity and has initiated several new actions during the competition. This distinguishes them from the nearest competitors in its class. The employees of Alcoa Mosjøen have shown great capacity for creativity and innovation through continuously expanding the range of activities and generated more return on each dollar invested. Out of the 420 employees, 300 have participated in at least one activity.”
“Being named the Fittest Company in Norway is an excellent recognition for the work we have done,” says Eivind Mikalsen, Alcoa Mosjøen Plant Manager. “We are dedicated to providing our employees a safe and healthy work environment and physical exercise plays an important role in that. This award shows us that our efforts have not stayed unnoticed.”
The competition – and Alcoa as one of the winners – was featured in various newspapers as well as covered by the national Norwegian TV network.
Alcoa Mosjøen is a primary aluminum smelter and anode production facility.
Alcoa is the world’s leading producer of primary and fabricated aluminum, as well as the world’s largest miner of bauxite and refiner of alumina. In addition to inventing the modern-day aluminum industry, Alcoa innovation has been behind major milestones in the aerospace, automotive, packaging, building and construction, commercial transportation, consumer electronics and industrial markets over the past 120 years. Among the solutions Alcoa markets are flat-rolled products, hard alloy extrusions, and forgings, as well as Alcoa® wheels, fastening systems, precision and investment castings, and building systems in addition to its expertise in other light metals such as titanium and nickel-based super alloys. Sustainability is an integral part of Alcoa’s operating practices and the product design and engineering it provides to customers. Alcoa has been a member of the Dow Jones Sustainability Index for nine consecutive years and approximately 75 percent of all of the aluminum ever produced since 1888 is still in active use today. Alcoa employs approximately 59,000 people in 31 countries across the world. More information can be found at www.alcoa.com.