Sept. 16, 2015

Alcoa to Restart Texarkana Casthouse

Alcoa plans to restart its Texarkana casthouse in the first half of 2016 to meet demand for aluminum slab for the automotive industry. The slab at the Texarkana operation will be turned into aluminum sheet at Alcoa’s recently expanded automotive facility in Davenport, Iowa, and its rolling mill in Lancaster, Pa.

“Automakers who are increasingly using aluminum in their cars and trucks are the big drivers behind the announcement,” says Mark Vrablec, president of Alcoa Aerospace Transportation & Industrial Products. “By restarting the Texarkana casthouse, we are creating a new, cost-effective source of aluminum slab for our business, and that metal will be transformed by our rolling mills into value-add products for our customers.”

The $6 million investment will restart two casting pits in the Texarkana casthouse, which has been idled since 2009 and is part of Alcoa’s Global Rolled Products business. The majority of the plant’s production volume will support Alcoa’s automotive business with some additional supply supporting the industrial markets.


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