Rio Tinto Alcan trims staff in Cleveland

Feb 28, 2014 | 06:19 PM | Michael Cowden

Tags  aluminum, Rio Tinto Alcan, lay-offs, job cuts, retirements, Cleveland, sales office, production cuts Sebree

CHICAGO — Rio Tinto Alcan Inc. has "let go" of five employees at its Cleveland sales office as it adjusts to having less production capacity in North America, a company spokeswoman said.

The Montreal-based aluminum producer told AMM the cuts were necessary after the sale of its Sebree, Ky.-smelter to Chicago-based Century Aluminum Co. (, June 3) and the shutdown of its smelter in Shawinigan, Quebec (, Aug. 7).

"Following the loss of Sebree business as well as the Shawinigan output reduction, Rio Tinto Alcan had to adjust its organization and to ‘right-size’ its operations in Cleveland," the spokeswoman said in an e-mail to AMM Feb. 28.....

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