by Timothy McQuiston Vermont Business Magazine Colchester-based Hazelett Corporation confirmed Monday that the Hazelett Twin-belt Continuous Casting Process will be utilized for the JW Aluminum expansion. The state-of-the-art Hazelett product is a centerpiece of the new 220,000-square-foot JW building, ultimately resulting in 175 million pounds of new capacity. Online trade publication alcircle.com said JW is investing $255 million in the South Carolina plant.
Hazelett Marketing Director Keith Decker told VBM that: "We are making the machine here in Colchester and it will be shipped to JW Aluminum’s plant in Mount Holly, SC around this time next year. There will be a few jobs added at Hazelett." Terms of the deal were not revealed.
Hazelett employs 160 in Vermont.
“This new facility will be a model for the most cost-effective and energy efficient sheet production in North America,” said David Hazelett, president of Hazelett Corp. “And, it will significantly ease the projected shortage of aluminum coil in the United States.”
The Hazelett Model AS2000 casting machine being supplied is capable of producing 2000 mm wide strip at approximately 50 metric tonnes per hour. Alloy capabilities include 1XXX, 3XXX, 5XXX, and 6XXX series.
“JW Aluminum’s commitment to building the world’s best casting and rolling facility has been reflected in their intensive planning efforts. We are excited to be a part of this project,” Hazelett said.
“This expansion has been years in the making and its undertaking would not be possible without the team’s depth of experience, a highly engaged workforce, local and national government support and our stakeholders’ commitment to our industry,” said Stan Brant, Chief Operating Officer, in a press release.
“It’s an exciting new chapter in JW Aluminum’s story and a considerable progression in our strategic journey. As a domestic supplier, we’ve prevailed in an extremely challenging competitive environment. The outcome of this endeavor will empower us to produce superior product for our customers, provide increased value to our stakeholders and serve as a preferred supplier and employer for decades to come,” said Lee McCarter, Chief Executive Officer.
Hazelett Corporation pioneered twin-belt casting and is committed to increasing the productivity and energy efficiency of the world's metals industry through innovation in its continuous metals casting machines.
Hazelett is a fourth generation family-owned company located in Colchester, Vermont, USA. The company designs, manufactures, installs, and services its Hazelett twin-belt continuous casting machines worldwide. The company is fully integrated with complete in-house engineering, manufacturing, R&D, and technical services, and it is engaged in research, engineering, design, testing, and the manufacture of its twin-belt casters, related equipment and parts.
Source: COLCHESTER, Vt.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Hazelett Corporation 6.11.2018