American Specialty Alloys has proposed a $2.4 billion aluminum mill for central Louisiana. Once operational, the mill is expected to create 1,450 new jobs, including 850 direct ASA employees and 600 employees of corporate partners who will provide materials, logistics and fabrication services for the mill. The jobs are expected to pay an average annual salary of $70,500, plus benefits. American Specialty Alloys stated that the mill will be two facilities: one 3,000 square foot building in Red River and one 1,200 square foot manufacturing plant owned and formerly operated by International Paper in Rapides Parish. ASA officials say several states were considered for the plant, including Mississippi, Arkansas, Tennessee and Alabama.
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