PHOTO REPORT: Governor Whitmer visits the Hydro Aluminum plant in Cassopolis – Leader Publications


PHOTO STORY: Governor Whitmer visits the Hydro Aluminum plant in Cassopolis

Posted at 6:48 p.m. on Friday, August 26, 2022

CASSOPOLIS – Cass County welcomed a special visitor on Friday.

Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer toured and toured the construction site of the Cassopolis Hydro Aluminum Recycling Plant on Friday afternoon.

A Norwegian aluminum and renewable energy company with more than 30,000 employees worldwide, Hydro opened its $150 million aluminum recycling facility in April at Midwest Energy & Communications SMART Park in Cassopolis.

“It’s really exciting,” she said. “I think the fact that this high-tech sustainability project is happening is amazing. It just goes to show that we take economic development in every region of our state very seriously. These are good paying jobs, but recycling aluminum is also something our economy depends on and doing it this way creating good jobs is really exciting.

Production at the Cassopolis plant 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.

“We all know Michigan is the best place in the world, right? But I think when you see climate change and what the projections are, the Great Lakes region will be the place to be. “, she said. “We will solve the problems of sustainability, whether in mobility or in the reuse of crucial materials. I am very encouraged when I see here and the State is able to play a role for this to happen as we have just put our foot on the accelerator.

Whitmer said Cass County’s proximity to major metropolitan areas makes it an attractive location for companies like Hydro.

“Michigan’s big story is that we are doers; we work hard and we know how to solve problems,” she said. and that’s true in every part of this state, but I think it’s a unique place where this kind of business can pull scrap metal from Chicago and Detroit. This central location with the talent all around here is something that is a huge Cass County strength.

Whitmer added that she thinks the construction of Hydro speaks to the potential of rural counties such as Cass.

“We’re standing in the middle of a lot of cornfields and there’s high-tech recycling that’s about to start here, so there’s opportunity in every part of our state,” she said. “We can feed the world from the state of Michigan and that’s the agricultural part of our story. But high-tech manufacturing is also an important part of our fabric and you can see both happening right here from where we stand.

This is a developing story and will be updated shortly.


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