An aerial view of JW Aluminum’s plant expansion in Berkeley County, South Carolina (Photo: Business Wire)

GOOSE CREEK, S.C.—JW Aluminum has started the expansion of its Mount Holly flat-rolled aluminum plant in Goose Creek, South Carolina. Construction, scheduled to be completed in early 2020, includes a new 220,000-square-foot building.  The new plant will feature proven, state-of-the-art equipment that uses green technology, ultimately resulting in 175 million pounds of new capacity, the company said in a press release. As part of the expansion, JW Aluminum is adding 50 new jobs to its workforce and is currently recruiting skilled operators, industrial and electrical technicians, maintenance mechanics, and engineers. There will be no interruption to current Mount Holly production during the construction period, the company reported.

The project is said to represent the most significant capital investment in domestic continuous cast technologies and capabilities since 2001. It is being financed through the recent notes offering completed by JW Aluminum Continuous Cast Company, the parent of JW Aluminum.

“This expansion has been years in the making, and its undertaking would not be possible without the team’s depth of experience, a highly engaged workforce, local and national government support, and our stakeholders’ commitment to our industry,” said Stan Brant, chief operating officer, in the release.

JW Aluminum ( manufactures specialty flat-rolled aluminum products, including bare and painted sheet products for the building and construction markets; fin stock used by the heating and cooling industry; light gauge converter foil for the flexible packaging industry; and honeycomb foil for the aerospace industry. The company operates plants in Mt. Holly, South Carolina; Russellville, Arkansas; St. Louis, Missouri; and Williamsport, Pennsylvania.

“It’s an exciting new chapter in JW Aluminum’s story and a considerable progression in our strategic journey,” said Lee McCarter, chief executive officer, in the release. “As a domestic supplier, we’ve prevailed in an extremely challenging competitive environment. The outcome of this endeavor will empower us to produce superior product for our customers, provide increased value to our stakeholders, and serve as a preferred supplier and employer for decades to come.”

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