NEW YORK Alcoa Inc.
continues to investigate the cause of a late-March fire that
forced it to halt billet and cast rod production at its Massena
West facility in upstate New York.
"The investigation is ongoing,"
an Alcoa spokeswoman told AMM, declining to comment
A source familiar with the
investigation said company management and members of the United
Steelworkers union are involved in the process.
"Its a continuation of the
investigation that took place immediately after the fire.
Its a review of what they looked at, to see if
theres anything (they) missed," the source said.
The Occupational Safety and
Health Administration (OSHA) is also conducting its own
investigation, a spokesman for the agency told
"We opened the investigation on
March 30 and have returned a couple of times since," he said,
declining to comment further.
Participants hope the
investigation will shed more light on the cause of the March 29
casthouse fire, which Alcoa said was caused by a chip melter
(AMM, April 2).
The facilitys smelter,
which has a nameplate capacity of around 135,000 tonnes per
year, was not impacted by the fire, and it continues to produce
molten metal, a portion of which is being cast into P1020 sow
(AMM, April 5). In addition to increasing sow
production, Alcoa has boosted the amount of the molten metal it
sends to Novelis Inc.s Oswego rolling mill, AMM
understands (AMM, April 9).
All of the Massena West
casthouse employees continue to work during the outage, the
spokeswoman said. "At this point, there have not been any
layoffs," she said.