Novelis breaks ground on $2.5B low-carbon aluminum plant in Bay Minette

Novelis Groundbreaking
Novelis groundbreaking in Bay Minette. (governoriveyphotos.com)

Recycling will soon increase in Bay Minette with the groundbreaking of a $2.5 billion low-carbon recycling and rolling plant. Check it out to learn why it matters.

Behind the new facility

Have you heard of Novelis? It’s the company behind the project and new facility coming to Bay Minette. The company is a global leader in the production of innovative aluminum products and solutions and is even considered to be the world’s largest recycler of aluminum.

“Through this investment, we want to demonstrate the strength of our growing customer partnerships, the commitment we have to sustainably grow our business and the innovative, forward-thinking approach we are taking to modern manufacturing. We are especially proud to celebrate our groundbreaking of this state-of-the-art facility on National Manufacturing Day, which highlights the exciting career opportunities available in our industry.”

Steve Fisher, President + CEO, Novelis

The timeline

According to PRNewswire, the project is currently in the midst of earthwork, excavation and piling, and over the next three months, you can expect a few more things to take place, including:

  • The construction of two new on-site roadways.
  • Expansion of the utility infrastructure necessary to begin building construction.
  • The commissioning of the facility in mid-2025.

What it means for Baldwin County + Alabama

So what can we expect from this new, highly-advanced facility?

  • The creation of up to 1,000 jobs in Bay Minette.
  • A new recycling center for beverage cans which will increase Novelis’ recycling capacity by 15 billion cans per year.
  • An initial 600 kilotonnes of unfinished aluminum goods of capacity per year with flexibility for automotive production. 

Future plans

During the groundbreaking ceremony, Novelis announced many future plans including the investment of $150,000 in Southern Alabama nonprofit organizations over the next six months.

To encourage recycling throughout the community, the company’s partnered with Baldwin County to provide recycling bins and education at all county-owned buildings.

Novelis also plans to invest in additional opportunities to encourage and incentivize Alabamians to recycle more often. 

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Patience Itson
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