Our Hawesville, Ky. facility is our largest U.S. plant, with a production capacity of approximately 252,000 metric tonnes per year (mtpy). The facility is 100-percent owned and operated through our wholly owned subsidiary, Century Kentucky, Inc.
We believe that Hawesville has a competitive advantage as the largest producer of high purity aluminum in North America. Four of Hawesville’s five potlines are specially configured and operated to produce high purity primary aluminum. The average purity level of primary aluminum produced by these potlines is 99.9 percent, compared to standard-purity aluminum which is approximately 99.7 percent. High-purity primary aluminum is generally sold at a premium to standard-purity aluminum.
Aluminum from the Hawesville smelter supplies the electrical conductor, remelt ingot and high-purity ingot markets, as well as the defense and aerospace industries. A large portion of Hawesville’s specially configured facility provides the high-conductivity metal required by Hawesville’s largest customer, Southwire, for its electrical wire, cable and certain aerospace products.
Our high-purity product also supports the United States’ national security efforts and is used in defense applications such as the F16, Airbus, Naval war vessels, 747 airplanes and the International Space Station.
Century Aluminum is a major contributor to the Hawesville economy. We offer attractive benefits packages to our employees among the best in the region.
According to a study done by Younger Associates in December 2011, during the prior fiscal year, local property taxes paid directly by Century Aluminum exceeded $800,000. Tax revenues generated indirectly by Century’s operations were estimated to exceed $1.5 million, creating a total local tax revenue impact of more than $2.3 million annually.1
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Rated Primary Aluminum Capacity
–The largest producer of high-purity primary aluminum in North America
–Total primary aluminum capacity is 252,000 mtpy
–Began operation in 1969
–Five potlines of 112 pre-bake end riser cells each
–One green anode plant with vibrating anode former
–Three in-ground open-top ring furnaces
–One rodding shop with full cast iron capabilities
Sow casting equipment with overhead cranes
Hawesville has a power supply arrangement which provides market-based power to the Hawesville smelter. Under this arrangement, the power companies purchase power on the open market and pass it through to Hawesville at Midcontinent Independent System Operator (“MISO”) pricing plus transmission and other costs.
Product Shipping Capabilities
Truck, rail and barge (Ohio River)
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1627 State Rte 3543
Hawesville, KY 42348
1 Younger Associates, “Economic Impact Analysis of the Operations of Century Aluminum on the Hancock County Economy” (December 2011), 4.