Century Aluminum Co., a global producer of primary aluminum, will invest approximately $116.5 million for improvements at its operation in Hawesville, Ky., that will create over 250 full-time jobs. The company will upgrade its smelting technology and train new and existing employees to use the new equipment. The Hawesville operation produces high-purity metal for the defense, aerospace and electrical industries. Improvements to the facility will allow Century to increase capacity.

The company will add employment that includes hourly production positions, mechanics, electricians, supervisor roles, technicians and engineers. Century operates two smelters in Kentucky and will employ over 1,000 people in the state after the Hawesville restart.