MHM Metals has purchased the former ITW building in Russellville, where it plans to locate a new manufacturing operation that will create 30 new jobs.
The Australian-based company, which will do business under the name Alreco, processes aluminum salt cake and aluminum black dross, which are byproducts of the secondary aluminum industry. More than 2 billion pounds of these products are produced within the United States each year, largely disposed of in landfills.
MHM has developed a technology that enables the company to produce its product through an environmentally sound process that eliminates any materials going to a landfill. Ben Mead, director of MHM Metals Limited, said the Russellville facility, which is expected to be operational by the first quarter of 2013, will be the first such plant in the United States.
Kentucky is one of the nation’s top aluminum-producing states, with more than 120 aluminum-related facilities, including Logan Aluminum in Russellville, Aleris Rolled Products in Lewisport, Gibbs Die Casting Corp. in Henderson, Century Aluminum of Kentucky in Hawesville, Aisin Automotive Casting in London and Cardinal Aluminum Company in Louisville.