Alcoa Breaks Ground on Expansion in Iowa
Alcoa broke ground on a $300 million expansion of its Davenport Works plant, which IH previously reported in September 2011, to meet rising demand for aluminum from the automotive market. The expansion will create an additional 150 full-time jobs in Davenport once completed, which is expected by the end of 2013. Upon completion, materials produced will be used bumper-to-bumper in automobiles. The project includes Alcoa 951 technology – a state-of-the-art pre-treatment that improves adhesive bonding for vehicle assemblies. The process is used to pre-treat aluminum alloy sheet, extrusions and castings to enhance bonding performance and will be licensed across the auto industry.