CHICAGO Aleris International Inc.s Richmond, Va.,
facility is recovering after an April 24 fire, a company
spokesman told AMM
The facilitys 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 dont see any signs of refractory damage and
cold-rolling and finishing operations restarted April 26, a
However, the company doesnt yet know when full operations
might resume, the spokesman said.
We have ample inventory to supply customers in the short
term but we cant 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
thats expected to continue through April 27.
Its also unclear how much the blaze will ultimately cost
Aleris but damage from the fire appears to be minimal, the
Aleris halted production at the plant after the fire broke out
in a tower that is used in the production process (
amm.com, 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