Hawesville could survive Southwire loss: Bless

Apr 29, 2013 | 10:53 AM | Michael Cowden

Tags  Century Aluminum, Michael Bless, Hawesville smelter, Big Rivers Electric, Southwire, Glencore, power negoatiatons, aluminum Timna Tanners

CHICAGO — Century Aluminum Co. could continue to operate its Hawesville, Ky., smelter even if it were to lose the facility’s largest customer, Southwire Co., according to company president and chief executive officer Michael Bless.

The Monterey, Calif.-based aluminum producer has been in touch regularly with the Carrollton, Ga.-based wire and cable producer, Bless said, referring to the possibility of the Hawesville smelter closing and Century terminating its supply contract with Southwire (amm.com, April 17).Century announced plans to idle its Hawesville smelter Aug. 20 unless it could secure a better power deal with power supplier Big Rivers Electric Corp., Henderson, Ky. Century, which gave....

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