Company says Louisiana site for new aluminum mill

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Central Louisiana is the announced site for a proposed $1.2 billion aluminum mill that would hire 650 or more workers to supply aluminum for automobile bodies.

The announcement came Friday in a news release from Gov. Bobby Jindal's office.

American Specialty Alloys officials say several states were considered for the plant, including Mississippi, Arkansas, Tennessee and Alabama.

An offer for 826 acres in Lowndes County, Mississippi, was pulled after local officials said American Specialty CEO Roger Boggs wouldn't answer questions about the project.

American Specialty says it plans a 1.4 million square-foot plant that would make more than 600,000 tons of aluminum sheet and plate each year, with operations planned to start in late 2016.

The Louisiana site is on 1,200 acres formerly operated by International Paper in Pineville, Louisiana.

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