CHICAGO Alcoa Inc.s expanded casthouse at its
Barberton, Ohio, facility is now running at full capacity
making wheels from remelted and scrap aluminum, the company
The new $21-million, 50,000-square-foot plant is expected to
consume 100 million pounds of aluminum per year,
Pittsburgh-based Alcoa said May 22. It is also expected to cut
in half the amount of energy needed to recycle aluminum for
Sustainability is integrated into Alcoas business
strategy, and this facility allows us to take our recycling
practices to a new level, recycling 100 million pounds of scrap
aluminum each year in a more energy-efficient way, Tim
Myers, president of Alcoa Wheel and Transportation Products
said in a statement.
Approximately 100 million pounds of recycled scrap aluminum can
make 2 million forged aluminum wheels, Alcoa said. The expanded
casthouse uses chips and solids from an existing wheel machine
plant on Alcoas Barberton campus and from the
companys Cleveland forging plant and recycles them into
aluminum billet. The billets are then shipped to wheel-making
facilities to forge into aluminum wheels, Alcoa said.
The casthouse uses less energy thanks to a combination of
process improvements and a 90-percent cut in
transportation-related energy costs, Alcoa said. The cut in
transportation requirements comes because the casthouse is
located on the campus of an existing facility.
This new, more energy-efficient facility makes our
100-percent recyclable aluminum wheels even more
environmentally friendly, Alcoa chief sustainability
officer Kevin Anton said in a statement.
Based in Cleveland, Alcoa Wheel and Transportation Products
serves the automotive, commercial vehicle and defense markets,
Alcoa said. The division employs 1,600 people at 14 locations
worldwide, including 30 new hires brought on to staff the newly