Alcoa began producing aluminum at its Badin Works, a primary aluminum smelter, in August 1917.  Electricity generated at the Yadkin Project was used to support the electric power needs of Badin Works. 


Aluminum production at Badin was curtailed by Alcoa in August 2002, as part of a series of business decisions made by Alcoa to continue its long-term, low cost production strategy within the context of a weak economy.  The plant continued to manufacture anodes and high-purity aluminum until 2007. The plant was permanently closed in 2010.