Aluminum Smelter Opening in Alabama

Secondary aluminum smelter opening in December.

December 11, 2009

An idled facility formerly owned and operated by Commercial Alloys in Scottsboro, Ala., is set to reopen under a new name and new ownership.

According to the economic development director for Jackson County, Ala., a Chicago-based company, Imperial Zinc, purchased the facility several months ago and renamed the plant Imperial Aluminum.

The plant, scheduled to open this month, will manufacture aluminum ingots from scrap aluminum, which it will be selling on the market, primarily to the building and automotive industry.

According to one report, the facility, which received some tax incentives, will produce around 100 million pounds of finished product a year when it is fully operational.

The company will have around 30 employees working at the plant, with the possibility of increasing that number to as many as 50.