Noranda Alumina announced last week that the firm’s latest six-month production period was the strongest it’s been in over three years.
According to the firm, operations refined about 590 thousand metric tons of alumina in the latter half of last year, equating to a run rate of 1.80 million metric tons per annum. The New Day subsidiary says it achieved the rate despite challenges facing it like COVID-19 and the economic downturn and without a recordable injury.
John Habisreitinger, Chief Operating Officer for New Day, hailed the achievement in a press release.
“The improved results in such a challenging environment are a testament to the strategy executed and investment made by the New Day ownership team, as well as the improved safety environment, process controls and productivity initiatives implemented by Joe Pampinto and the extended team in Gramercy.”
Since New Day’s acquisition of Noranda’s Louisiana alumina refinery in the fall of 2016, the ownership has invested more than US$130 in improvements at the site, including hardening the powerhouse and operating assets, expanding product mix capabilities, and reducing the refinery’s environmental footprint.
Joe Pampinto, Vice President and General Manager of Noranda Alumina, elaborated on his firm’s goals.
“Our focus on long-term sustainability through investment in conjunction with refined processes and systems is paying dividends as we have seen a marked improvement in safety, process control and reliability across the refinery.”
Noranda also operates a bauxite mining operation in Jamaica. New Day’s other subsidiaries include NICHE Chemical in North America, NICHE Fused Alumina in France, and NICHE Fused Magnesia in the United Kingdom. Noranda also owns ReNew Recycling, which recycles metals at plants across the United States.
New Day is owned by DADA Holdings, and investment firm in Florida. DADA invests in firms in basic industries, like metals and mining.