Governor Whitmer visits the Hydro construction site

CASSOPOLIS, Michigan (WNDU) – Governor Gretchen Whitmer and other leaders toured the construction site of the Norsk Hydro aluminum recycling plant in Cassopolis, Michigan on Friday.

The state-of-the-art aluminum recycling plant is investing $150 million in southwestern Michigan and will employ 70 people.

“It’s about recycling post-customer waste, used waste and also treated waste from our customers… So it’s the customers. It is the raw material that is generated in this region and it is also the nerve center of the automotive industry,” said Trond Gjellesvik, Chairman of Hydro.

“You know, I think the fact that there’s something of this high tech and sustainability project happening here in Cassopolis is amazing. It just shows that we take economic development really seriously in every region of our state and it’s all about good paying jobs, but recycling aluminum is also something the economy depends on and doing it that way, creating good jobs is really exciting,” says Whitmer.

The plant will produce 265 million pounds of recycled aluminum annually.

This facility is the first high-tech manufacturing plant located in the Southwest Michigan Advanced Research & Technology Park.

“We are doers. We work hard. We know how to fix problems and that’s true in all parts of the state, but I think this is a unique place that this kind of business can pull scrap metal from Chicago and Detroit…the location central with the talent all around here is something that’s a huge strength for Cass County,” Whitmer said.

Hydro has plants in 40 countries, but has not built a plant in the United States for over 20 years.

The factory is expected to open next year.

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