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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

Rainfall provides relief to drought conditions
It’s been a very dry year in the Yadkin watershed, but a burst of rain associated with Hurricane Joaquin provided some much needed relief in early October. APGI will continue to work with the Yadkin-Pee Dee Drought Management Advisory Group and closely monitor flows to minimize the impact of low flows on reservoir water levels. Click here for daily updates.


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. Alcoa receives two significant legal victories in Sept. 2015 related to its relicensing efforts.

Alcoa finally receives water quality certificate from NC

Judge confirms Alcoa’s ownership of Yadkin River property and dismisses state’s lawsuit

Summary of Relicensing Benefits

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