Alcoa, Inc. breaks ground on $275 million rolling mill expansion

Groundbreaking for an expansion at Alcoa Tennessee. (Source: Kyle Grainger, WVLT)

Groundbreaking for an expansion at Alcoa Tennessee. (Source: Kyle Grainger, WVLT)

ALCOA, Tenn. (WVLT) -- Gov. Bill Haslam, Sen. Lamar Alexander, and Rep. Jimmy Duncan, Jr., joined Alcoa, Inc. Chairman and CEO Klaus Kleinfield to break ground on the aluminum giant's $275 million dollar expansion to its rolling mill.

The three-year project is designed to meet the growing demand of the automobile industry. The company says car manufacturers are using more and more aluminum to "improve safety, fuel efficiency, durability and overall performance of cars and light trucks"

The company says it will add 200 new permanent positions when the expansion is finished in 2015. The entire project is expected to provide 400 construction jobs as well.

“I want to thank Alcoa for its new investment in East Tennessee and for 100 years of incredible service in Blount County,” Haslam said at the time of the original announcement.

"This is just another in a line of great business successes this county has experienced in the last 18 months,” Blount County Mayor Ed Mitchell added. “The major addition in jobs and capital investment really shows Alcoa's confidence in the workforce of this area."

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