Alcoa's Howmet plant suffers fire

Dec 06, 2013 | 06:05 PM | Michael Cowden

Tags  Alcoa, Howmet, fire, aluminum, titanium, Michael Cowden

CHICAGO — Alcoa Inc.’s Howmet casting operation in Whitehall, Mich., suffered a fire in a titanium dust collector late Dec. 5.

Pittsburgh-based Alcoa said neither production nor customers will be impacted by what a company spokeswoman characterized Dec. 6 as a "contained fire" that began inside a wet dust collection system in the scrap blasting department of the Whitehall facility.

"The fire was extinguished after approximately one hour with the assistance of the City of Whitehall Fire Department. No employees were injured and the rest of the plant was unaffected," the spokeswoman said Dec. 6. "Alcoa’s maintenance department is repairing the equipment and expects the system to be fully operational by Monday morning."....

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