Hydro Cassopolis appoints new aluminum plant manager – Leader Publications


CASSOPOLIS — Ingrid Guddal, Plant Manager at Hydro Karmøy, Norway, has been appointed Operations Manager of Hydro’s new aluminum recycling plant in Cassopolis, Michigan.

Guddal has worked at the Karmøy Primary Aluminum Plant for four years, which has included successful verification of Hydro Karmøy Technology Pilot (link). The industrial-scale pilot plant operates with approximately 15% lower energy consumption than the global average and features the most climate- and energy-efficient aluminum production technology in the world.

Guddal began his career with Hydro in 1993 as an intern and has extensive experience in several different management roles. She led the local start-up team in Azuqueca, Spain, where she was later appointed Plant Manager. Other previous leadership experiences at Hydro include Casthouse Manager at Søral (now Hydro Husnes), HR Business Partner and other senior positions at Hydro Husnes. Since 2018, she has been plant manager at Hydro Karmøy.

Her experience outside of Hydro has included that of City Manager of Odda Municipality and Business Cluster Advisor for Innovation Norway. Ingrid also has experience as a board member of several industrial companies.

She holds a Masters in Process Engineering from Technische Universität Berlin, Germany and an Executive MBA in Strategic Management from the Norwegian School of Management.

Ingrid will move to Cassopolis in the spring of 2023 and the start date will be announced later. In her new role, she will report to the Head of Recycling Operations, Hans Bjerkaas. The process to find Ingrid’s successor as factory manager in Karmøy has begun.

Production at Cassopolis will begin in 2023 with approximately 70 employees. When it reaches full production, the plant will produce 120,000 metric tons of low carbon aluminum extrusion ingots per year. The planned investment is 150 million dollars (link).


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