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Noranda to cut jobs at NC rolling mill

Keywords: Tags  Noranda Aluminum Holding Corp., WARN, Worker Adjustment and Retraining Act, staff cuts, Import competition, rolling mill, Salisbury, N.C. light-gauge foil

CHICAGO — Noranda Aluminum Holding Corp. has issued a Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification (WARN) Act for 58 employees at its rolling mill in Salisbury, N.C.

The WARN was issued Oct. 30 and takes effect Dec. 29, documents from the North Carolina Department of Commerce indicate.

The cuts represent about one-third of the work force at the Salisbury plant, which employed 175 salaried and hourly employees as recently as September, a spokesman for the Franklin, Tenn.-based aluminum producer told AMM via e-mail Nov. 15.

The cuts were triggered by increased import competition on certain light-gauge foil products, resulting in a "steady decline" in demand at Noranda’s rolling mills in Salisbury and Newport, Ark., the spokesman said. But the light-gauge foil products in question represent less than 5 percent of the company’s total flat-rolled volumes in 2013, he said.

The layoffs are not expected to disrupt deliveries to customers, the spokesman added.

Salisbury is also being repositioned to produce predominantly heavy-gauge foil, although some light-gauge material will continue to be processed at the plant, the spokesman said. In addition, some light-gauge production will be moved to the Newport plant, he said.

Noranda has said it was trimming the work force at the Salisbury rolling mill in response to import competition on certain light-gauge foil products (, Oct. 30).

The Salisbury rolling mill has an annual production capacity of 95 million pounds and makes light-gauge sheet and foil products for the flexible packaging, food container, and heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) markets, according to Noranda’s website.

The Newport rolling mill has an annual capacity of 33 million pounds with products including light-gauge foil for the flexible packaging, insulation and HVAC market, the website said.

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