Alcoa To Further Expand Automotive Sheet Capacity In Blount County

Thursday, May 02, 2013

Governor Bill Haslam and Economic and Development Commissioner Bill Hagerty, along with Alcoa officials, announced Thursday the company will expand its rolling mill in Alcoa, Tn., to meet the growing demand for light, durable and recyclable aluminum sheet for automotive production. The expansion at Alcoa’s facility on East Hunt Road represents a $275 million investment over the next three years and will add 200 permanent full-time jobs upon completion, as well as 400 jobs during the construction phase. 

“I want to thank Alcoa for its new investment in East Tennessee and for 100 years of incredible service in Blount County,” Governor Haslam said. “Our Jobs4TN strategy identifies key industry clusters where Tennessee holds a unique competitive advantage, and we are grateful Alcoa is expanding its presence and joining in our state’s continued growth in the automotive sector. This is another step toward Tennessee becoming the No. 1 state in the Southeast for high quality jobs, and adding these jobs is a great way to celebrate an anniversary.”

“Innovation drives economic development, and Alcoa’s adaptability and growth over the past 100 years in our state is an ideal example of what can be achieved,” Commissioner Hagerty said.  “I am pleased Alcoa recognizes Tennessee’s business-friendly climate, quality workforce and unique strengths within the global automotive industry.”

“Our Tennessee expansion is a great example of how Alcoa’s edge in technology and innovation is capturing growth opportunities in our value-added mid- and downstream businesses,” Alcoa Chairman and CEO Klaus Kleinfeld said. “More and more auto producers are turning to aluminum to increase the fuel efficiency and quality of their vehicles – we anticipate a quadrupling of auto sheet volume by 2015 and a tenfold increase by 2025.

“It is particularly gratifying to make this investment in our namesake community this year, which is both the 100th anniversary of our Tennessee operations as well as the 125th anniversary of Alcoa,” Mr. Kleinfeld added.  “We have a very dedicated and highly engaged workforce in Tennessee and a very supportive community.” 

The project will convert some of the plant’s can sheet capacity to high-strength automotive aluminum capacity, as well as install incremental automotive capacity. The Blount County expansion is scheduled to begin this month and be completed by mid-2015. When completed, the plant will be a key supplier to both the packaging and automotive markets. Much of the volume for the automotive expansion is already secured under long-term supply agreements.

“We're excited to be part of Alcoa's continued growth in Blount County," Blount Partnership President/CEO Bryan Daniels said. "It means a lot to this community that they stayed true to their roots."

"We are extremely proud of Alcoa and all that it does for this community,” Alcoa Mayor Don Mull said. “This expansion truly means a lot by showing Alcoa's commitment to continue to build upon itself and grow its business here."

"This is just another in a line of great business successes this county has experienced in the last 18 months,” Blount County Mayor Ed Mitchell said. “The major addition in jobs and capital investment really shows Alcoa's confidence in the workforce of this area. We appreciate their commitment to expanding locally."

"A huge thanks goes out to Alcoa for seeing the benefit of staying local and adding to the continued economic development Blount County enjoys,” Maryville Mayor Tom Taylor said.


Senator Lamar Alexander (R-Tn.) said, “Alcoa’s announcement fits right into Tennessee’s growing status as the premier location for auto suppliers. Auto jobs now represent 30 percent of Tennessee’s manufacturing jobs, and announcements like this mean that number will continue to grow.”




Causeway Selects Top 20 Ideas To Receive $2,500 Each To Create A More Connected City

Causeway, a local non-profit that brings people together to share resources and ideas to create the change they want for our community, is wrapping up the first  ‘Causeway Challenge’, a competitive grant making program that awards $2,500 to twenty ideas that will make Chattanooga a more connected city. Applications were open August 1-29, and the panel of five community ... (click for more)

101 Mobility Of Chattanooga Now Open

101 Mobility of Knoxville has expanded into the Chattanooga area to better serve the needs of those living with disabilities and those wishing to age-in-place. 101 Mobility of Knoxville and now   101 Mobility of Chattanooga   are both local resources for mobility and accessibility solutions owned and operated by Dave Dean and Keith Kregel.   Area customers ... (click for more)

Sewell Says City, EPB "Close" On Amount Owed By Utility To City On Street Light Overbilling

City Internal Auditor Stan Sewell told City Council members on Tuesday that EPB and the city are "close" on the amount owed by the utility to the city on street light overbilling. Mr. Sewell said the city computed the amount at about $1.2 million, while he said EPB's auditing firm, Mauldin and Jenkins, has it at $1.5 million for an 89-month period that was audited. Mr. Sewell ... (click for more)

City Council Votes 5-4 On New Process For Naming IDB Members

The City Council voted Tuesday night 5-4 to set up a new process for naming members to the Industrial Development Board (IDB), which currently has four vacancies. The process includes three City Council panels: A (Districts 1, 2, 3), B (Districts 4, 5, 6), and C (Districts 7, 8, 9). Group A will fill two of the vacancies and Groups B and C one each. Agreement ... (click for more)

Dirt Decision At Camp Jordan May Come Back To Haunt East Ridge Councilmen

Wow. I thought the arrival of Bass Pro Shop would help bring East Ridge back to a position of prominence in the Chattanooga area, but the Council proved otherwise last night.  To the council - There is a reason that the developers want that dirt: It's valuable . You currently own it and the developer wants it. Bass Pro has already agreed to set up shop. They were going ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: I’m Certainly No Expert

Sometime on Monday night, after I had written a piece on getting swatted with a switch as a kid, I got an email from ESPN Canada asking if I would be a televised guest on “Off the Record,” the most watched daily sports show in Canada. The subject: corporal punishment in America. Are you kidding me? I am hardly an expert. All weekend my world of sports and its excitement was warped ... (click for more)