Novelis Inc. will build an approximately $300 million automotive aluminum-sheet manufacturing facility in Guthrie, Ky. The greenfield facility, with an annual nameplate capacity of 200,000 metric tons, will include heat-treatment and pre-treatment lines to prepare aluminum for use in vehicle parts such as body-in-white, hoods, doors, lift gates and fenders. The company expects to break ground in early spring and create approximately 125 jobs at the new facility, which is scheduled to open in 2020.
The new facility will be in close proximity to Logan Aluminum Inc., a Novelis joint venture in Russellville, Ky., and several nearby automotive manufacturing plants. A 2017 Ducker Worldwide survey projects that aluminum content in North American passenger vehicles will increase 42% from its 2015 level by the year 2028. More than 200 different vehicle models on the road today feature Novelis aluminum.