American aluminium trade group The Aluminum Association announced today that the Aluminum Transportation Group (ATG) has grown by two. Pittsburgh’s Alcoa Corporation and Kentucky’s Tri-Arrows Aluminum Inc. have become the ATG’s tenth and eleventh member companies.
Heidi Brock, president and CEO of the Aluminum Association, welcomed the two firms, both of whom are acknowledged leaders in the production of aluminium alloys for the automotive industry.
“The addition of Alcoa and Tri-Arrows reflects the impact of the growing automotive market and demonstrates the industry’s continued commitment to its customers in the automotive space. These new members come at an exciting time for automotive aluminum as we enter a time of unprecedented growth. By 2028, forecasts project total aluminum content will reach 565 pounds per vehicle. As automotive aluminum’s market share rises, so too does its impact on the nation’s manufacturing base and the U.S. economy.”
Tri-Arrows began in 1977 when ARCO (The Atlantic Richfield Company) purchased Anaconda Company. The firm commissioned its Logan Rolling Mill in 1984, and the company’s Manufacturing JV was established the following year. BP purchased ARCO Aluminum Inc. in 2002, and Arrow Aluminum Acquisition Inc. purchased ARCO Aluminum Inc. from BP seven years later, changing the company’s name to Tri-Arrows Aluminum, Inc. The firm became a subsidiary of Japan’s UACJ Corporation in 2013.
Alcoa’s long and storied history began with its founding as Pittsburgh Reduction Company in 1888 by Charles Martin Hall, one half of the discovery team to pioneer the Hall-Héroult process, and Alfred E. Hunt. The duo began production at three sites in earnest by 1895. The firm began operating as The Aluminum Company of America in 1907, with the term “Alcoa” entering into use three years later. Alcoa spun off its value-added operations last year, retaining primary aluminium mining, smelting, and refining operations. Alcoa returned its headquarters to Pittsburgh after an eleven-year hiatus earlier this spring.