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For nearly 100 years, Alcoa-Yadkin has been generating clean renewable energy from a series of hydroelectric dams along the Yadkin River in central North Carolina. Today, the lakes created by the dams are popular recreation spots that help serve as an economic engine for the region.



Badin Business Park

Alcoa opened one of the nation’s first aluminum smelters in North Carolina and produced aluminum here for more than 75 years. Since closing the plant in 2010, Alcoa has invested more than $15 million to transform the property into a modern business park. Today, it is home to Electronic Recyclers International, the nation’s largest recycler of electronic waste.

ERI to Hire 75 New Employees in Badin
ERI Celebrates One Year at New Badin Business Park Facility 



Around The Lakes

Lake Lovers Unite: Help Clean Up Local Lakes on Saturday, Oct. 17
Celebrate the end of the recreation season by pitching in to help clean up the lakes along the Yadkin River. "Wake The World,” a non-profit organization based in Asheboro, is sponsoring lake cleanup efforts around the country on Saturday, October 17, and Alcoa is proud to support their efforts. Head to your favorite lake, grab a trash bag and help keep our lakes clean and beautiful. Alcoa will provide dumpsters at the Southmont Access Area at High Rock Lake and the Tuckertown Boat Access off Hwy. 49 for Tuckertown and Badin Lake. Read more


Relicensing Benefits

Alcoa-Yadkin operates four dams, collectively known as the Yadkin Project, that are regulated by the federal government. It is currently working to renew its federal hydro license and has agreed to make positive improvements that will enhance water quality, expand parks, create more recreational opportunities, and better protect the local water supply.

A Summary of Relicensing Benefits
Alcoa, Stanly County reach agreement on Yadkin Project Relicensing

Judge overturns denial of Alcoa’s water quality certificate

Improving Our Community
Pfeiffer University will host a series of summer camps focused on science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) next year, thanks to a $20,000 grant provided by the Alcoa Foundation.
Pfeiffer receives $20,000 gift from Alcoa Foundation

Alcoa Foundation donates $20,000 to Stanly Community College

Catching up with Pfeiffer recipients


Protecting Our Environment
Alcoa is committed to protecting our beautiful natural resources and has made a concerted effort to preserve more than 15,000 acres of land along the lakes. It’s a perfect habitat for bald eagles, osprey and a host of other wildlife and provides a natural buffer to protect the water.
A record number of bald eagle nests, chicks spotted at Yadkin Project

2013 Dissolved Oxygen Report shows water leaving Yadkin Project hits mark 100% of the time

The Badin Lake Osprey Cam: Easter Eggs Arrive