April 1, 2015
ASA Plans Aluminum Mill in Louisiana
American Specialty Alloys, Inc., plans to develop a $2.4 billion mill and campus in central Louisiana to provide strong, lightweight metal for the automotive and aerospace industries.
ASA plans to construct its manufacturing facility at a 1,200-acre mill complex owned and formerly operated by International Paper in Pineville, La.
ASA expects to break ground later this year with a targeted completion date of all facilities in 2020. The company plans to include a melting and casting mill; hot- and cold-rolling mills for sheet and plate; and annealing, slitting and cut-to-length production lines.
Mill specifications call for production of 1.3 billion pounds of aluminum per year at full operation, with products for use primarily by automakers as car and truck side-panels, doors, hoods and unibody frames. The announcement comes as vehicle manufacturers are seeking lighter metals in place of steel in order to meet federally mandated fuel economy standards for cars and light trucks.
“American Specialty Alloys set out in 2014 to identify a site for its future operations,” says Roger Boggs, the founder, chairman and CEO of ASA. “We spent considerable time and resources looking at potential candidates across the southern states, a strategic area for our operations, suppliers and customers.”
ASA selected the former IP containerboard mill property in Pineville after evaluating competing sites in Texas, Alabama and Mississippi. Danieli Group has been selected to provide technology services and mill equipment, while Yates Construction LLC has been tapped to build the mill facilities.