Century Aluminum to expand production in Kentucky

Century Aluminum to expand production in Kentucky

Century Aluminum Sebree LLC will add 90,000 metric tons of billet production and increase its scrap reprocessing capacity.

December 4, 2018

Century Aluminum Sebree LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Century Aluminum Co., Chicago, has announced two expansion programs at its Sebree, Kentucky, smelter to increase production of value-added and secondary aluminum.

The programs, which are expected to be completed in the first quarter of 2019, will improve the smelter’s product mix by adding approximately 90,000 metric tons of additional billet production to the Sebree casthouse and increase the smelter’s overall output by adding 20,000 metric tons of additional secondary (scrap reprocessing) capacity. Following the expansions, Sebree is expected to produce approximately 230,000 metric tons of aluminum (primary and secondary) products in 2019, including approximately 175,000 metric tons of billet, the company says.        

“These new expansion programs demonstrate our confidence in the future of the U.S. aluminum industry and the continued positive effects of the Trump administration’s Section 232 program,” says Michael A. Bless, president and chief executive officer of Century Aluminum. 

“With the 150,000 [metric ton] restart of Century’s Hawesville (Kentucky) smelter nearing completion, we are now able to continue to reinvest in our plants to increase value-added production and enter the expanding secondary market. These programs, along with the previously announced technology improvement program at Hawesville, should ensure the continued competitiveness of these plants well into the future.

“This expansion is also a testament to the hard work of our excellent employees, and we are proud to announce that, as a result of the programs, Sebree plans to add nearly 50 new employees,” Bless adds.

According to Century Aluminum’s website, Sebree’s location in Henderson County, Kentucky, is situated in the middle of the Midwestern market. A majority of the smelter’s customers are within a 600-miles of the plant.