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 Norandas 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
companys total flat-rolled volumes in 2013, he said.
The layoffs are not
expected to disrupt deliveries to customers, the spokesman
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
Noranda has said it
was trimming the work force at the Salisbury rolling mill in
response to import competition on certain light-gauge foil
amm.com, 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 Norandas
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.