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 AMM.
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 said.
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 capacity.
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 production (amm.com, Nov. 25, 2008), although it was restarted in early 2010 (amm.com, July 1, 2010).