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Alcoa On Track To Restart SW Indiana Smelter This Summer

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Alcoa Corp. has finished hiring workers ahead of the planned summer restart of its aluminum smelting operations in southwestern Indiana.

The Pittsburgh-based company cited low aluminum prices when it closed its Warrick Operations smelter in March 2016, costing about 600 workers their jobs.

Alcoa said last year it would re-open three of five sm! elter lines and add about 275 jobs at the complex, where its rolling mill makes aluminum for food and beverage packaging.

Alcoa spokeswoman Kari Fluegel tells the Evansville Courier & Press the company has completed initial hiring for the restart and recalled all former employees who wanted to resume working at the smelter along the Ohio River in Newburgh, southeast of Evansville.

She says work on the restart is nearly complete and smelting should resume this summer.

Correction: In a previous version of this report, The Associated Press reported erroneously that the company had begun hiring workers for the planned summer restart of the smelting operations. The company has already completed the initial hiring of workers for the smelter’s restart.

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