Aluminum recycling plant coming to Cass County

Hydro, a European-based company, has committed to construction of a new, state-of-the-art aluminum recycling plant in Cass County.

The plant will produce 120,000 tons of aluminum extrusion ingot per year. Hydro will be able to recycle up to 40,000 tons of post-consumer scrap at the new facility while delivering high-quality aluminum capable of meeting automotive requirements.

Construction is set to start in early 2022 at a location in Cassopolis, with production commencing in 2023. The plant will have approximately 70 direct employees.

Company officials said the Cassopolis greenfield development will mark the first large-scale production of Hydro CIRCAL extrusion ingot in North America.

Unique to the company, Hydro CIRCAL extrusion ingot contains at least 75 percent post-consumer scrap certified by third-party auditors.

In anticipation of the capacity at Cassopolis, Hydro will deliver initial quantities of Hydro CIRCAL to U.S. customers from its plant in Commerce, Texas, before the end of 2021.

The expected investment is estimated to be around $140 million, company officials said.

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