Aluminium rolling and recycling company Novelis has broken ground on its $300m automotive aluminium sheet manufacturing facility in Guthrie, Kentucky, US.
The 400,000ft² facility is expected to create 125 jobs and produce annual nameplate capacity of 200,000 tonnes.
Novelis, a subsidiary of Hindalco Industries of the Aditya Birla Group, India, will commence production of automotive aluminium at the site in 2020.
According to Novelis president and CEO Steve Fisher, the increased use of aluminium in vehicles, coupled with more automotive manufacturing plants in the southeast, has made Guthrie a strategic location to serve its customers.
Novelis said that it has recently finalised contracts valued at $60m for engineering plans, site preparation and modern equipment for the greenfield facility.
The plant will include heat treatment and pre-treatment lines, which will prepare aluminium for use in vehicle parts, including body-in-white, doors, hoods, lift gates and fenders.
The company has appointed Paul Banks, who previously served as unit manager at Logan Aluminum, a Novelis joint venture in nearby Russellville, Kentucky, as plant manager for the new facility.
Novelis, which employs 1,260 people in the state, also operates an aluminium beverage can recycling plant in Berea, Kentucky.
Senator Mitch McConnell said: “Kentucky’s workers are some of the best in the world – driven by ingenuity and determination.
“I am proud that Novelis has chosen to reinvest in our people and our Commonwealth by breaking ground on this new facility.”
Kentucky Governor Matt Bevin said: “My vision for this state is simple, and that is, that we will be the centre for engineering and manufacturing excellence in the United States of America.
“If we can go all the way down the supply chain, not just to fabricate materials but to roll those materials, to smelt those materials, to slit those materials – whatever the case might be – to get those materials to market; these are the kinds of things that are going to transform the state.”