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Alcoa to cut in half the output of its Quebec aluminum smelter

Thursday, December 20, 2018  
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Alcoa Corp. announced on December 19 that they will immediately begin to cut production by half of the one operating potline at its Aluminerie de Bécancour Inc. (ABI) smelter in Québec, Canada. The Bécancour aluminum smelter is owned by Alcoa (74.95%) and Rio Tinto Alcan (25.05%); two of the facility’s potlines were curtailed on January 11, 2018, after union members rejected a proposed labor agreement for hourly employees.

The additional curtailment, however, is necessary to ensure continued safety and maintenance in light of recent retirements and departures. The salaried employees who remain will continue to ensure that the smelter can be ready for a potential restart. This partial curtailment is expected to be complete by Friday, December 21, 2018.

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