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Novelis temporarily shuts Ky. plant after fire

Keywords: Tags  Novelis, aluminum, Berea plant, Kentucky facility, fire, Nathan Laliberte

NEW YORK — An early morning fire at Novelis Inc.’s aluminum plant in Berea, Ky., June 11 has caused the facility to temporarily shut down.

The fire "occurred in the No. 1 hot baghouse, a facility separate from the operating plant that collects burn-off from the furnace," a spokesman for Atlanta-based Novelis told AMM via e-mail.

"The plant is currently closed while we are investigating the root cause of the fire and assessing any damage," the spokesman said. No injuries were reported.

Production was suspended during the initial investigation but resumed in the afternoon, the spokesman said. "No customer impact is expected."

The Berea facility is one of the world’s largest plants dedicated to aluminum can recycling. The site produces sheet ingots, which are sent to the Logan plant for finishing before shipping to customers producing new aluminum beverage cans, he added.

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