CHICAGO Novelis Inc. has
tapped company veteran Chris Smith as the new plant manager of
its Oswego, N.Y., aluminum complex.
Smith replaces Luc Boivin, who
will retire after nearly 30 years with Novelis, the aluminum
producer said March 19.
Smith most recently served as
global director of automotive products at Novelis Atlanta
headquarters. He previously worked in the Oswego plant from
2006 to 2010 as manager of product quality and then as hot-mill
manufacturing unit manager, Novelis said. He also has held
positions at Novelis facilities in the United States, the
United Kingdom and Germany.
The Oswego plant is in the midst
of a $200-million expansion, including a 192,000-square-foot
addition and two new finishing lines dedicated to making
aluminum sheet for the automotive sector, Novelis said. The
first line is due to be completed in July and the second in
September, the company said.
"Chris experience will be
a tremendous asset as we conclude this major capital-expansion
project and bring our new automotive capacity online," Tom
Walpole, senior vice president of Novelis and president of
Novelis North America, said in a statement.
The Oswego complex, celebrating
its 50th anniversary this year, serves the automotive and
transportation, consumer and industrial, building and
construction, and beverage can markets. It employs 928 people,
produces more than a billion pounds of aluminum sheet a year
and is Novelis largest wholly owned North American
fabrication plant, sporting scrap remelting, ingot casting, and
hot- and cold-rolling capabilities (
amm.com, Feb. 14).
Last month, the company said the
Oswego facility had been experiencing some delays following the
installation of a new enterprise resource planning (ERP)
system, although Novelis president and chief executive officer
Philip Martens said Feb. 12 that the issue was "largely behind
us" and that "production has returned to near normal