Bureau of Mines / Minerals yearbook 1990
Year 1990, Volume 2 (1990)
Prosser, L. J., Jr.; Dever, Garland R. Jr.
Kentucky, pp. -222 ff. PDF (780.7 KB)
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, KY, ' 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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