Team members from Novelis and several leaders in business, industry and government joined in celebrating the completion of a $2.3 million expansion project that has increased production and added jobs to the aluminum recycling facility In Berea.
Novelis’ Mayde Road plant is the world leader in aluminum recycling production, transforming cans and other recycled metals into approximately 700 million pounds of product in 2016. Novelis’s Berea plant specializes in producing aluminum ingots.
Wednesday’s celebration officially marked the completion of the expansion project, which included adding a new truck weighing scale and the hiring of eight new employees. The project was completed in October. With the changes, Novelis has been able to speed up its processing time, potentially moving 1,200 more trucks through the facility than previous years. With the change, Novelis is aiming to increase overall aluminum production by 50 million pounds per year, according to Novelis Operations Leader Mike Sarver.
In remarks before the ceremonial ribbon cutting, prominent Novelis officials, including Marco Palmeri, Senior Vice President and President, Novelis North America, and Ramon F. Romero, Plant Manager of the Berea facility, recognized the value of the company’s investment in Berea while noting the positive working relationship Novelis has enjoyed with the community. The company supports educational projects in Madison County and a number of area non-profits, including Sustainable Berea and Habitat for Humanity among others. Novelis employs 138 employees, contributing $12 million in wages, benefits, and revenue to the local economy.
Berea Mayor Steve Connelly noted the latest project makes an important statement about both Novelis and the state of the local economy. “This is an important milestone for Novelis and Berea,” Connelly said of the company’s investment. “This is a commitment that underscores the long-term values of the community including robustness, innovation, recycling, and sustainability. The continued presence and the investment that we recognize today demonstrates to the world what a true public/private partnership between a company and a community can achieve.”