A Texas-based newspaper is reporting that Henderson, Kentucky-based Audubon Metals LLC has selected the city of Corsicana, Texas, about 60 miles south of Dallas, for the site of its second aluminum scrap sorting and aluminum alloys production facility.
Building a second plant has been a consideration for Audubon for several years. In 2016, the company was in negotiations with Bexar County, Texas, which includes San Antonio, to build a plant in that south Texas county.
A January 2020 report on the Corsicana Daily Sun website indicates Audubon has now reached agreement with officials in Corsicana and Navarro County, Texas, to invest $50 million in a facility there.
The Daily Sun reports quotes Audubon President Brian Hawkes and several regional government officials as stating that an agreement, which will be announced Tuesday, Jan. 14, has been reached that will place the facility in the Highway 31 Industrial Park in Corsicana. Audubon reportedly expects to employ approximately 100 people at the 95-acre site.
Several permits have yet to be obtained, according to the report, but if construction proceeds as scheduled the Corsicana Audubon plant will begin operating “in early 2021.”
According to the Daily Sun, the plant will operate similarly to Audubon’s existing facility in Kentucky. At that location in Henderson, mixed shredded metals such as the zorba grade are further separated in a heavy media plant, with the aluminum portion melted to create specification secondary aluminum alloys used by die casting firms.
Audubon Metals LLC is part of Evansville, Indiana-based Koch Enterprises Inc., a nearly 150-year-old family business with six companies in its portfolio.