Sébastien Ross, Managing Director of Atlantic Operations for Rio Tinto Aluminium, proudly broke ground with Patrice Bergeron, Operations Director at Alma Works, the project and engineering teams, Sylvain Maltais, President of the Syndicat des travailleurs de l’aluminium d’Alma (Alma aluminium workers’ union), Eric Girard, MNA for Lac-Saint-Jean, Sylvie Beaumont, Mayor of Alma, and Guy Gaudreault, Managing Director of Quebec Operations.
This is a significant milestone in a $240-million project that will allow us to meet the demand from North American extruders for various high value-added products, mainly in the automotive and construction industries.
The expansion will enable us to increase annual billet production at Alma Works by 202,000 metric tonnes.
The region will continue to be a leader in North America’s responsible aluminium industry and to respond to growing demand from its customers for low-carbon aluminium.
The billet centre in figures:
- Will create 40 new permanent jobs
- Will support 770 existing jobs at Alma Works
- Will have approximately 150 workers on the site at peak construction in July 2024
- Will generate $200 million in economic benefits for Quebec
- Is scheduled to be commissioned in 2025