American flat-rolled aluminium producer JW Aluminum announced the closure of their plant in Williamsport, Pennsylvania by month’s end.
The firm said it was seeking buyers for the plant, but at the moment the plant will shutter its operations.
Stan Brant, Jr., Chief Executive Officer of JW Aluminum, elaborated on the decision in a related press release.
“The aerospace industry was immediately and severely impacted by the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic. This abrupt contraction is negatively affecting participants throughout the supply chain. Historically, aerospace-related products have accounted for more than 50% of the total production at the Williamsport facility.”
The closure of the plant will involve the loss of 65 jobs.
“We understand the impact this has on our teammates and their families. We will support all our teammates through this difficult time and are working to provide the best possible result under these unfortunate and unanticipated circumstances.”
“Our focus now is to provide a safe and successful transition for our teammates in Williamsport as we continue operations at our facilities in South Carolina and Arkansas to supply American-made flat rolled aluminum for our core markets, the building products, commercial and recreational transportation and HVAC/R sectors,” he concluded.
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, and their largest mill in St. Louis. 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.