Alcoa Celebrates $300 Million Expansion Project

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Alcoa is celebrating its recent $300 million expansion project on Wednesday, February 12th, 2014.

The ceremony comes after Ford recently announced its 2015 F-150 will be made of 97% of aluminum. That helps out places like Alcoa that make aluminum sheets.

Aloca retained 200 jobs with the announcement that was made in 2012. They created another 150 jobs with the new project. Public Affairs worker John Riches says that the automobile industry could double its use of aluminum by 2025.

"One of the easiest ways they can reduce the weight of the vehicle is to switch to a lighter weight material," Riches said. "Aluminum provides the same kind of safety that they need at a lighter weight."

Alcoa's ceremony starts at 2:30 p.m. Wednesday at its Riverdale facility. Iowa Governor Terry Branstad will be in attendance.