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Alcoa combining recycling divisions to support aluminum production

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Alcoa Inc., the Pittsburgh-based aluminum giant with a Lancaster-area factory, is combining its recycling divisions into the new group Alcoa Recycling to increase the amount of recycled aluminum for its new products.

The company is merging Evermore Recycling, the division responsible for recycled aluminum in the packaging markets, with the division that recycles aluminum scrap from the aerospace, automotive and industrial segments.

“The vast majority of our partners in the marketplace have the capability to supply both scrap and (used beverage containers) to Alcoa for recycling. This new organization will now interface with the market as one entity,” Michael Boyle, director of metal management at Alcoa, said in a statement.

Alcoa recycled about 1.4 billion pounds of aluminum from outside the company in 2012, it said. Unlike other materials, aluminum doesn’t lose its strength or properties when it’s recycled into new products, according to the company. That means yesterday’s soda can could be tomorrow’s car door.

Alcoa has a production facility in Manheim Township that makes plate and sheet metals for markets ranging from truck cabs to cookware and construction materials.

Alcoa trades its shares on the New York Stock Exchange under the ticker symbol AA.

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