International Inc.s Richmond, Va., facility might not be
fully operational for two to three weeks, a company spokesman
told AMM, noting that a fire at the plant last week
caused more furnace damage than previously thought.
The Beachwood, Ohio-based
aluminum producer discovered the damage during an initial
assessment over the weekend, he said April 30. Repair and
restoration efforts are currently under way.
"We are taking more time to make
sure it is completely restored and done right," the spokesman
Customers of the Virginia
facility will be served from additional production at other
company operations, the spokesman said.
"Fortunately, Aleris and its
customer base benefit from redundant capacity through our
ownership of three fully integrated rolling mills," he said.
"We are confident that this capacity will significantly
mitigate the impact of the incident and create minimal
The spokesman couldnt
immediately say whether additional shifts were being added, or
if so at which facilities. "We will adjust as necessary to meet
customer needs," he said.
Its still too early to
estimate the cost of the damages related to the fire, which
broke out April 24 (
amm.com, April 25), the spokesman said.
Aleris said last week that it
had resumed finishing and cold-rolling operations at Richmond,
and that damage to the plant appeared to be minimal (
amm.com, April 26).
The Richmond facility produces
3025 aluminum sheet from recycled material, which is then used
to make products such as gutters, downspouts and aluminum