Rio Tinto Alcan plans to invest $7.6 million in its Beauharnois, Quebec, facility to maintain casting production to serve its primary foundry market customers. Construction work and other preparations are under way, and additional capacity could be online as early as this spring. Aluminum castings are used to help reduce the weight of various products for the automotive, aerospace and transportation industries. According to Rio Tinto Alcan, the investment will maintain previous production levels without interruption and provide long-term service to its foundry customers.
The Beauharnois facility ceased its smelting operations in spring 2009 but has continued its casting activities. The renovated center will employ approximately 35 people. Rio Tinto Alcan is a leader in the supply of primary aluminum alloys to the North American casting sector.