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Bureau of Mines / Minerals yearbook 1990
Year 1990, Volume 2 (1990)

Prosser, L. J., Jr.; Dever, Garland R. Jr.
Kentucky,   pp. [216]-222 ff. PDF (780.7 KB)

Page 219

ENTUCKY— 1990  219Alwninwn..—.Southwire Co. bought out
its partner,
National Aluminum Corp., and became the sole owner of the Hawesville smelter
in Hancock County. Southwire agreed to pay $17.4 million cash, $60 million
over 10 years based on aluminum prices, and to assume $22.6 million in debt
on the 172,000-tonper-year primary aluminum smelter.9 
 Alcan Aluminum Corp. produced primary aluminum at a 163,000-toncapacity
smelter in Sebree, Webster County. In 1990, combined output at the Hawesville
and Sebree smelters ranked Kentucky second nationally in production. Also
during the year, the two aluminum producers reached an agreement on power
rates with Big Rivers Electric Corp. 
 Iron and SteeL—Armco Advanced 
Materials Co. , a division of Armco Inc. and Acerinox S.A. of Madrid, Spain,
began construction of a 150,000-shortton-per-year stainless steel rolling
mill in Carroliton. The company, called North American Stainless, was a 50-50
joint venture of the two companies. Previously, most U.S. steel industry
partnerships have been with firms from Japan. Last year, Armco entered a
joint venture with Kawasaki Steel Corp. of Japan. Construction of the $222
million facility, which includes a 60-inch-wide sheet mill, was expected
to be completed in 1992. Available river and rail transportation, proximity
to the interstate highway system, and State funding for building a barge
dock contributed to the decision to select Carrollton as the site. 
In 1990, Armco completed construction 
and began operating a $60 million continuous slab caster at its Ashland plant.
The caster has about a 1.5million-short-ton-per-year capacity. Armco also
announced plans to install new air pollution control equipment at the Ashland
plant in a $51.7 million project expected to be completed in 1992. 
 In September, NS Group Inc. began operation of a new continuous slab caster
at its Newport Steel Corp. plant. The project, which also included a reheat
furnace, cost $45 million and had begun in early 1988. 
 ' State Mineral Officer, U.S. Bureau of Mines, Pittsburgh, PA. He has 17
years of mineral-related 
industry and government experience and has covered the mineral activities
in Kentucky for 5 years. Assistance in the preparation of the chapter was
given by Sally Stephenson, editorial assistant. 
 2Geologist, Coal and Minerals Section. Kentucky Geological Survey, Lexington,
 ' LexingtonHerald-Leader. OfuicialsSend OutAppraisala ofUnmined Coal. Mar.
28, 1990, p. 1. 
 4Denver, U. R. , Jr. Use of Limestone, Lime, and Dolomite for 20~ Emission
Control in Kentucky. KY GeoL Surv. IC 31, Series XI, 1990 14 pp. 
 ' William D. A., C. T. Heifrich, J. C. Hower, F. L 
Fiene, A. E. Bland, and D. W. Koppenaal. Amos and 
Foster Coals: Law-Ash and Low-SuifurCoals of Westens 
Kentucky. KY Geol. Surv. RI 5, Series XI, 1990, 34 pp. 
6Barton, T. M., and C. Mark. Field Evaluation of Three LongwallPillar Systems
in Kentucky CoalMine. BuMines RI 9283, 1989, 13 pp. 
 7Moebs, N. N., and G. P. Samoa, Hillseam Geology and Roof Instability Near
Outcrop in Eastern Kentucky. 
BuMines RI 9267, 1989, 33 pp. 
 ~Weekly Coal Production, State Coal Profile: Kentucky. 
DOA/EIA-02l8 (90-31), July 28, 1990, pp. 3.5. 
 ' The Courier-Journal(Louisville). Southwire Buys Out Its Partner in Hawerville
Aluminum Plant. Mar. 28. 1990, 
p. i. 

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