NEW YORK Alcoa Inc. has
broken ground on a $300-million expansion at its Davenport,
The expansion of the facility,
which produces aluminum sheet and plate for the aerospace and
defense, automotive, commercial transportation and industrial
markets, is expected to be completed by 2013. It will create an
additional 150 full-time jobs at the facility, which will have
more than 130 acres under roof once the expansion is
The Iowa Department of Economic
Development, which awarded a $3-million incentive package for
the project, said previously that the expansion would include
the installation of a new heat-treatment line and other
finishing equipment (AMM, Sept. 19).
Alcoa said that materials
produced at the site will include a pre-treatment process that
improves adhesive bonding for vehicle assembly.
The Pittsburgh-based company cited a study by Ducker
Worldwide LLC which found that the aluminum content of autos is
expected to double to 16 percent by 2025.