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Competition from cheap aluminum imports has slashed the number of US smelters from 23 to five in the past quarter century.
The Commerce reports found that U.S. steel employment had dropped by 35% since 2000 and, in the case of aluminum, multiple smelters had been shut down and employment had fallen by 58% between 2013 and 2016.
Six aluminum smelters have closed in recent years, and employment in aluminum-making plunged 58 percent between 2013 and 2016, falling to about 5,000 jobs from 13,000, the Commerce Department said.
Many of the smelters have been decommissioned, and the industry no longer has power arrangements with the BPA to guarantee low-price electricity for energy-intensive production.
What’s worse, only one of those smelters makes the high-grade stuff that the U.S. defense industry needs to make fighter jets.
Dennis Harbath, who manages the only smelter in America that produces the high-purity aluminium used in some fighter jets, is gratefully preparing to restart some idled production lines as soon as the tariffs are brought in.
Only five aluminum smelters are still operating in the U.S., Century Aluminum CEO Mike Bless said.
As a teenager in Kellogg, Idaho, Flory attended Silver King School, built in 1928 in the gulch between the Bunker Hill lead smelter and zinc plant.
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: a machine used for smelting metal
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