Novelis breaks ground on recycling and rolling plant

Novelis Inc. has broken ground and started construction on its USD2.5bn recycling and rolling plant in Bay Minette, Alabama.

Novelis Inc. has broken ground and started construction on its USD2.5bn recycling and rolling plant in Bay Minette, Alabama.

The highly advanced facility is expected to create up to 1,000 new jobs and will have an initial 600,000 tpy of finished aluminium goods capacity. The focus will be on the beverage container market, with flexibility for automotive production. It also adds a new recycling centre for beverage cans, increasing the company’s recycling capacity by 15bn cans per year when fully operational.

Commissioning in mid-2025

“Through this investment, we want to demonstrate the strength of our growing customer partnerships, the commitment we have to sustainably grow our business, and the innovative, forward-thinking approach we are taking to modern manufacturing,” says Steve Fisher, president and CEO of Novelis.

Site work is also underway including earthwork, excavation, and piling. Over the next three months, Novelis will construct two new roadways on the site and expand the utility infrastructure necessary to begin building construction. Commissioning of the facility is scheduled for mid-2025. The company selected a leading engineering company as its site layout, engineering and construction contractor, an Alabama-based firm to serve as earthworks contractor, and several manufacturing equipment providers that have longstanding relationships with Novelis across the world.

Novelis welcomed nearly 200 attendees to its groundbreaking celebration, including Governor Kay Ivey, Congressman Jerry Carl, and several local leaders and community representatives.

Applications open for vacant positions

Novelis has hired its core leadership team to lead the multi-year effort to build the facility. The company is also actively recruiting for open roles in engineering, maintenance, finance, human resources and IT. Interested candidates can search for available positions or submit their resume for consideration as additional roles are available.

“Today marks an important milestone for our Novelis team as we ramp up construction and grow our team,” said Tom Boney, president of Novelis North America. “We seek to become an integral part of this community, contributing to the local economy and advancing residents’ quality of life every step of the way.” Support comes from the state, Baldwin County, Bay Minette.

Local partnership to encourage recycling

To encourage recycling throughout the community, Novelis has launched a partnership with Baldwin County to provide recycling bins and education at all county-owned buildings. The company plans to invest in additional opportunities to encourage and incentivize Alabamans to recycle more often.