MS Could Be Site For $1.2B Aluminum Mill

JACKSON, MS (AP) — Mississippi appears to be the favored location for a proposed $1.2 billion aluminum mill that would hire 650 or more workers to supply aluminum for auto bodies.

         American Specialty Alloys announced its plans Monday. The company won't say what locations it's considering, but has filed for environmental permits at a site near Golden Triangle Regional Airport, just west of Columbus in Lowndes County.

         The company received a construction permit from the Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality in October and is seeking further permits.

         CEO Roger Boggs says other states that might be in the running include Arkansas, Tennessee, Louisiana and Alabama. He says the mill is designed to melt scrap into new aluminum and process it more efficiently than existing mills, using technology from an Italian company.

         – by AP Reporter Jeff Amy

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