Our Ravenswood, W.Va. facility is owned and operated by our subsidiary, Century Aluminum of West Virginia, Inc. Built in 1957, Ravenswood has four potlines with a production capacity of 170,000 metric tonnes per year (mtpy). The facility is located adjacent to the Ohio River near Ravenswood, W.Va.
Since our acquisition of the Ravenswood facility, Century has invested more than $130 million to enhance capacity and efficiency. Today, the smelter is equipped to supply premium products to the aerospace, commercial transportation and automotive markets.
In February 2009, we curtailed operations at the Ravenswood facility in response to the global financial crisis of 2008 and 2009. In 2011, we completed a detailed analysis of work required to restart the Ravenswood smelter, and are working to obtain competitively priced power and negotiate an enabling labor contract to reach that goal.
In 2007, the direct impact of Century's operations on West Virginia's economy totaled more than $325 million, according to a study done by West Virginia University in October 2008. These expenditures generated $255 million of volume in other West Virginia businesses for a total impact of $579 million. The company's economic activity supported nearly 1,600 jobs in the state -- 667 direct and 910 indirect. Those jobs generated nearly $111 million in employee compensation.1
We estimate that a restart of the Ravenswood plant would result in more than 450 new high-wage jobs.
Approximately 660 (at full operating capacity)
Rated Primary Aluminum Capacity
Four Kaiser-designed potlines with 672 cells
Appalachian Power, a unit of American Electric Power Co. Inc.
For information on products made at our Ravenswood facility, click here.
1 Randall A. Childs, Bureau of Business and Economic Research, College of Business and Economics, West Virginia University, "Economic Impact of Century Aluminum of West Virginia, Inc." (October 2008), 4.