Century Aluminum announced that it is investing $3 million and will create 45 new jobs in an expansion of the Sebree aluminum smelter.
In this comprehensive private-public partnership, Century Aluminum will be expanding the Sebree plant as part of the company’s new “Premium Products Initiative” a program geared to significantly increase the percentage of molten metal produced to a premium product. The Sebree plant’s expansion specifically will enable the company to meet a growing need in the automotive body, aerospace and construction industries for premium aluminum billet and rolling slabs.
“This announcement bolsters the future of this plant and hopefully reinforces that Century Aluminum is proud to be in the region and committed to stay and grow,” stated Jason Young, General Manager, Century Aluminum Sebree. “This expansion will create dozens of new, quality jobs, and is just one of a series of plans we have to improve the business. This expansion will boost what is already a significant aluminum industry presence in western Kentucky, and with the dramatic increase in aluminum consumption worldwide, we believe that this region is set to see exciting economic growth.”
Century Sebree already employs 500 workers, making it one of the largest manufacturers in the area; the nearby Century Aluminum plant in Hawesville employs another 700 workers. Further, an independent economic study in 2011 concluded that the two facilities support an additional 3,500 jobs in the region.