ARLINGTON, Va., July 1, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Aluminum Association announced today the addition of three companies to the organization's membership. Scotwood Industries, Page Transportation and Alloy Technology Innovations, each of which provides goods or services to the aluminum industry, will join the Association as Associate members. These additions bring total membership of the Aluminum Association to a record 98 members, consisting of 51 producer and 47 associate members.
"I'm a big believer in having as many voices as possible included in our membership," said Patrick Franc, Aluminum Association Chairman and President and CEO of Tri-Arrows Aluminum. "These new additions will bring a unique perspective and help the Association continue its critical work advancing the industry and promoting aluminum as the sustainable material of choice."
Additionally, the Association's Executive Committee, which provides strategic vision and guidance to the Board of Directors, recently elected three new members -- Etienne Jacques, Chief Operating Officer for Rio Tinto Alcan Primary Metal North America; Kelly Thomas, Senior Vice President and General Manager, North America Rolled Products at Aleris; and Michelle O'Neill, Vice President of Government Affairs and Trade Policy for Alcoa.
"A diverse decision-making body representing all aspects of membership is critical to the success of the Aluminum Association," said Aluminum Association President Heidi Brock. "Etienne, Kelly and Michelle each bring fresh ideas to the Executive Committee. They are extremely valuable not only for their respective expertise, but also for their innovative approaches to reaching the Association's goals."
The Aluminum Association is working to continually advance and promote aluminum as the sustainable material of choice in the modern world. New applications for the metal in transportation, building and construction and other markets are driving demand for aluminum in North America. Between 2009 and today, aluminum demand has risen 27 percent and is reaching pre-recession levels. Additionally, the industry has proactively taken steps in recent years to reduce its own carbon footprint by cutting North American perfluorocarbon (PFC) emissions by 85%.
Scotwood Industries, based in Overland Park, KS, produces salt flux sold to aluminum companies. Headquartered in Weedsport, NY, Page Transportation provides key material transportation services to the aluminum industry. Alloy Technology Innovations, a Lexington, KY-based company, produces aluminum alloys and develops products for aerospace and defense applications.
Those interested in learning more about membership opportunities within the Association should visit http://alu.mn/joinaluminum.
The Aluminum Association, based in Arlington, Virginia, works globally to aggressively promote aluminum as the most sustainable and recyclable automotive, packaging and construction material in today's market. The Association represents U.S. and foreign-based primary producers of aluminum, aluminum recyclers and producers of fabricated products, as well as industry suppliers. Member companies operate approximately 180 plants in the United States, with many conducting business worldwide. For more information visit www.Aluminum.org, on Twitter @AluminumNews or Facebook.com/AluminumAssociation.
SOURCE The Aluminum Association