American flat-rolled aluminium producer JW Aluminum announced on Thursday its plan to invest US$32.8 million in a project to optimize its equipment at its Goose Creek, South Carolina, for the production of aluminium foil.
According to the press release, improvements at the site will include enhancements to existing rolling mills, the addition of annealing equipment and slitters that are intended to improve quality, reliability, and throughput at the plant. JW Aluminum says that the improvements are intended to help the firm provide better, higher-quality products for the fin stock, honeycomb foil, and flexible packaging sectors.
Ryan Roush, JW Aluminum’s Chief Commercial Officer, said that the new equipment will be a boon for its customers both now and in the future.
“These investments reinforce our commitment to continuous improvement and customers in our core markets. We’re investing to insure we remain a trusted and preferred supplier of quality sheet and foil now and for generations to come.”
In addition to upgrades at JW Aluminum’s flagship plant in South Carolina, upgrades to the automation control systems are planned for plants at Russellville, Arkansas, St. Louis, Missouri, and Williamsport, Pennsylvania.
Though timetables have yet to be released for the improvements to other plants, JW Aluminum says that upgrades at Goose Creek are currently underway and scheduled for completion by 2020.
Originally begun at Mt. Holly, South Carolina in 1979 as Jim Walter Metals, JW Aluminum grew in the intervening years from a family-operated shop employing ten workers to a firm that operates four mills around the country – the original mill in Mt. Holly, their newest facility in Russellville, Arkansas, their largest mill in St. Louis, and an additional mill in Williamsport, Pennsylvania. Among the products JW markets is building and distributor sheet, fin stock, cable wrap, grade I and III lithographic sheet, foil and sheet for automotive heat shields, honeycomb foil, and flexible packaging products.