Updated 07/26/2011 10:08 PM
Novelis plans 100 new jobs as part of $200 million expansion project
Good news for job seekers in Oswego County. The Novelis Aluminum manufacturing plant is planning a $200 million expansion project. That will include two new processing lines and create 100 jobs, ranging from manufacturing to engineering to administrative. As our Katie Gibas reports, this is the largest expansion for a manufacturing company in Central New York in a decade.
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OSWEGO COUNTY, N.Y. -- It's an unprecedented move for both Central New York and Novelis, the company planning a $200 million expansion project of their Aluminum processing plant in Scriba.
"This is unusual and very good news for Central New York. The national economy has picked up and Central New York is starting to feel that," said Roger Evans, a NYS Department of Labor Economic Analyst for CNY.
Rob Simpson, the President of CenterState CEO, added, "This is one of the largest expansions of a manufacturing operation in Central New York in more than a decade and I think that's great news for all of us who live here. I think it's also maybe most importantly maybe a little bit of hope that things may be turning around."
Novelis is the largest producer of aluminum used in the automobile industry and with the metal becoming more widely used in vehicles, Novelis had to expand. With incentives from state and local governments, Novelis says it will create two new processing lines, which will produce an additional 200,000 tons of aluminum each year, which in turn will create 100 new jobs.
"Oswego is close to the customers as well as has a full infrastructure to support the whole process from processing scrap to finishing the material," said Brad Soultz, the Novelis VP & GM of Automotive and Specialty Products. "The fact that we're investing $200 million in the U.S. is a bit unprecedented right now in our industry in terms of reinvestment in infrastructure."
Novelis says in addition to the 100 plant jobs this expansion will create, they're estimating another 200 jobs for construction purposes and economic development organizations here in Oswego County say for every one job created at the plant, they estimate another two will be created in the community.
"There's no doubt that Novelis isn't the only winner today. The entire Central New York community is going to benefit from this. And new investment and new jobs really means a better and healthier economy here in Central New York," said Simpson.
Simpson says the expansion is the largest by any manufacturer in Central New York in more than a decade. Soultz added that this is the most Novelis has invested in the United States in 15 years.
The plant broke ground on the project this week and the expansion should be completed by the summer of 2013.