Granges groundbreaking

GROUNDBREAKING - Gränges held a groundbreaking for their $110 million expansion in Huntingdon on Nov. 14. Turning the soil for the expansion from left are Torbjörn Sternsjö, SVP Technology & Business Development; Mike Eller, Site Leader in Huntingdon; Mike Fox, Director Continuous Improvement; Magnus Carlström, SVP Human Resources; Brad Hurley, Chamber of Commerce president; Johan Menckel, CEO; Huntingdon Mayor Dale Kelley; Patrick Lawlor, President Gränges Americas; Oskar Hellström, CFO; Niclas Nelson, General Counsel; andChad Pinson, Project Director.

Gränges and local officials held a groundbreaking ceremony on the morning of Nov. 14 for the company’s $110 million plant expansion on the west side of the current plant. 

The initial announcement was made Sept. 15 by Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam, Dept. of Economic and Community Development Bob Rolfe and Gränges officials.

Gränges, a global leader in aluminum engineering and manufacturing, will create approximately 100 new jobs as part of the expansion, solidifying the company’s commitment to its North American customers and the markets they serve.

Gränges employs around 350 Tennesseans.

“Clearly, we’re excited with Gränges commitment to Huntingdon and Carroll County,” said Chamber of Commerce president Brad Hurley. “We look forward to a long and prosperous relationship.”

Rolf called Gränges a strong, well-run company with a skilled and dedicated workforce in Northwest Tennessee at the time of the announcement. 

Gränges stepped in to keep the former Noranda facility open.  

Gränges’ expansion meets a growing demand for light gauge foil, automotive heat exchanger materials as well as heating, ventilation and air condition (HVAC) applications. The expansion includes investment in buildings, casters, cold-rolling mills, annealing furnaces and slitters. The investment further positions Huntingdon as one of the most modern and efficient aluminum rolling mills in North America.

Mayor Dale Kelley commented that it’s not only important to Huntingdon and Carroll County, but West Tennessee at the same time.

“I can’t tell how big it is to have a company of this magnitude here,” said the mayor. “It will bring more than 100 jobs to the region and will benefit the entire area. 

This is the second expansion for the rolled aluminum company in the past few years. This expansion means Gränges will employ more than 500 people.

County Mayor Kenny McBride said he is excited that Gränges has chosen the expansion in Huntingdon and Carroll County.

“It speaks well for the work force in our area and the long term commitment Gränges has made to Carroll County,” said the county mayor. 

 The project is estimated to take approximately two years to complete. 

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