Rio confirms Shawinigan casthouse for sale

Nov 20, 2013 | 01:31 PM | Michael Cowden

Tags  Rio Tinto Alcan, aluminum, Shawinigan, smelter, shutdown, casthouse, sale, billet sows

CHICAGO — Rio Tinto Alcan Inc. has confirmed it is seeking a buyer for its casthouse in Shawinigan, Quebec, which it plans to operate through the end of next year.

The Montreal-based aluminum producer also is switching feedstock for the casthouse to cold metal from liquid metal, a company spokeswoman said in a Nov. 20 e-mail to AMM. "We will operate the casting center until the end of 2014. We are also looking to find a potential buyer for this center," she said, confirming previous reports by AMM (, Aug. 20). ....

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