Alcoa sells Rockdale Operations to LCRA

Alcoa is selling the site of its former Rockdale smelter to the LCRA
Mike Brown

  Alcoa announced Wednesday afternoon it is selling the site of its former Rockdale Operations to the Lower Colorado River Authority (LCRA).

  Details were not immediately disclosed, but the move is viewed as an opportunity by the LCRA to secure water rights.

  According to Alcoa, the sale includes 34,000 acres of property, surface and groundwater rights, plant equipment and assets and Alcoa's power contracts with Luminant.

  About 70 Alcoans are still employed in the atomizer on the site.

  From 1952 to 2008 Alcoa operated an aluminum smelting plant at Rockdale Operations, growing to eight potlines at one point and employing around 1,500. In 2008, when Alcoa announced it was closing the smelter, the aluminum company still employed about 1,000 persons at Rockdale Operations.

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