RIVERDALE, Iowa (KWQC) – With the slice of a ribbon Tuesday morning, Alcoa ceased to exist in the Quad Cities. The aluminum company formally split into two on Nov. 1, 2016.
Alcoa will now focus on raw aluminum and commodity products, while the new Arconic company will produce engineered and fabricated products. But plant officials insist it will be business-as-usual at the facility in Riverdale.
“We’re gonna continue growth as a company. We’ve grown quite a bit over the last five years at this plant, ” said Arconic Director of Manufacturing Rob Woodall. “Added $600 million in investment which has grown our jobs–over 2,600 jobs in the Quad Cities. We look forward to continuing in the Quad Cities and trying to grow our business and markets that we serve,” Woodall added.
The Alcoa Davenport works plant opened 68 years ago. It’s sprawling plant is now located in both Riverdale and Bettendorf. Woodall says Arconic will continue to make airline, auto and industrial products in the Quad Cities.
“Its still two strong companies. It’s just here in the Quad Cities, it will be called Arconic,” said Woodall.