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Aleris' Virginia plant eyes return to production after fire

Keywords: Tags  Aleris International, Richmond, Virginia, fire, electrical, furnaces, bag houses, cold-rolling finishing

CHICAGO — Aleris International Inc.’s Richmond, Va., facility is recovering after an April 24 fire, a company spokesman told AMM.

The facility’s electrical system has already been restarted and its furnaces and bag houses are up and running. Meanwhile, executives at the Beachwood, Ohio-based aluminum producer don’t see any signs of refractory damage and cold-rolling and finishing operations restarted April 26, a spokesman said.

However, the company doesn’t yet know when full operations might resume, the spokesman said.

“We have ample inventory to supply customers in the short term but we can’t be certain to the extent of the full impact of the incident (on customers) until the full recovery process is completed,” the spokesman said.

Water is currently being pumped out of the facility, a process that’s expected to continue through April 27.

It’s also unclear how much the blaze will ultimately cost Aleris but damage from the fire appears to be minimal, the spokesman said.
Aleris halted production at the plant after the fire broke out in a tower that is used in the production process (, April 25).

Six engine companies, two truck companies, two medic units, three battalion chiefs and a mobile command center responded to the fire, Chesterfield (Va.) Fire and EMS public information officer and chaplain Lt. Jason Elmore told AMM.

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