Aleris closing Roxboro plant

Feb. 21, 2013 @ 07:49 PM

The Ohio-based aluminum company Aleris is permanently shutting down a plant in Roxboro and laying off workers there starting in April.

Aleris International Inc. is a global, publicly traded company that, among other things, manufactures and sells aluminum rolled and extruded products.

A Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act notice sent to the N.C. Department of Commerce’s Division of Workforce Solutions said Aleris Rolled Products Inc. is shutting down the entire facility.

The first layoffs are expected as soon as April 21. The Sheet Metal Workers International Association and SMWIA Local 5 represent some of the affected workers.

Jason Saragian, a spokesman for Aleris International Inc., said the closure affects about 60 workers. The company is moving operations from Roxboro to other existing plants in Asheville, Ohio, and in Kentucky. He said that’s expected to be done by the end of May.

He added that the company has recently completed the installation of a new wide-sheet coating facility in Asheville that should increase the facility’s overall coating capacity.

“Aleris believes it can streamline its operations and serve customers more efficiently by moving production,” he said.