NEW YORK Aleris
International Inc. will close its aluminum coil coating
facility in Roxboro, N.C., and move operations to existing
facilities in Ashville, Ohio, and Lewisport, Ky.
Roxboros operations will
be transitioned to the other two coating facilities over the
next few months, with the company aiming to have the migration
completed by the end of May, an Aleris spokesman told
The 60 Roxboro employees
affected were informed of the closure on the morning of Feb.
20, he added.
"Aleris has conducted a thorough
review and decided to discontinue operations at Roxboro, as it
believes it can streamline operations and serve customers more
efficiently from Ashville and Lewisport," the spokesman
The Beechwood, Ohio-based
company recently completed the installation of a wide-coating
facility at its Ashville site, which is expected to expand
sheet coating capacity there, the spokesman said.
While the spokesman declined to
comment on specific production figures for the facilities
involved, he said that the consolidation wouldnt result
in a reduction in the companys overall coating production
The Roxboro facility, which
operates under the name Aleris Rolled Products Inc., was
founded in 1958. The site contains two slitters and two coating
lines, producing finished, painted aluminum sheet for various
applications in the building and construction industry,
according to the companys website.
The company idled a coating line
at the Roxboro facility in November 2008, resulting in the loss
of 45 employees and an estimated 25 million pounds in annual
amm.com, Nov. 25, 2008), although it was restarted
in early 2010 (
amm.com, July 1, 2010).