CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Century Aluminum Co. announced Monday that it has completed its acquisition of "substantially all of the assets" of the Sebree aluminum smelter in Henderson County, Ky.
The Sebree smelter, bought for $61 million from Rio Tinto Alcan, employs more than 500 people and has a capacity to produce 205,000 metric tons of primary aluminum annually.
"We are really happy to welcome the men and women of Sebree to Century," Century President and CEO Michael Bless said Monday.
"With the changes occurring in U.S. energy markets, we believe Sebree, along with our existing smelter at Hawesville, will be competitive in the global market.
"We see a great opportunity for these facilities, which are located about 60 miles apart, to work together and share best practices in pursuit of safety and operational excellence."
Mike Dildine, Century Aluminum's media spokesman, told the Gazette on Monday that the final acquisition of the Sebree smelter will not reverse company plans to reopen its smelter in Ravenswood.
"Our acquisition of the Sebree smelter really has no impact on our intentions and our objectives in restarting Ravenswood. Absolutely, it is still a priority for us.
"There are a number of things that have to come together. We are talking with energy companies. Unfortunately, we can't give a timeline on [when Century will reopen]," he said. "But our objective of restarting the Ravenswood smelter is absolutely unchanged."