Novelis, the world’s premier producer of rolled aluminum and the global leader in aluminum recycling, announced the appointment of Chris Smith as the new plant manager of its Oswego facility.
A 28-year Novelis veteran, Smith’s most recent position was global director of automotive products at the company’s global headquarters in Atlanta, Ga.
The appointment marks a return to Oswego for Smith who was based at the plant from 2006-2010 as manager of product quality and development and later as hot mill manufacturing unit manager.
He has also held a number of positions with the company in the U.K., Germany and various sites in the U.S.
The Oswego plant is currently undergoing a $200 million expansion to meet rising aluminum demand from automakers.
The project entails a 192,000-square-foot addition to the 1.3-million-square-foot plant and will include two finishing lines dedicated to the production of aluminum sheet for the automotive market.
The first line is projected to be completed in July and the second in September.
“Chris’ experience will be a tremendous asset as we conclude this major, capital expansion project and bring our new automotive capacity online,” said Tom Walpole, senior vice president of Novelis and president of Novelis North America.
“This is an exciting time for the Oswego plant and I know Chris will be a great leader for our team,” he added.
Smith holds BTEC National Certificates in material sciences and metals technology from South Gwent College of Further Education and University of Wales, respectively.
He also holds a bachelor’s degree in organizational management from Aurora University in Illinois.
Smith succeeds Luc Boivin who, after a long and successful career with the company, has elected to retire from Novelis.
Boivin joined the company nearly three decades ago and served in a number of important roles around the globe.
During this time, he was a champion of workplace culture and engagement, especially in environment, health and the safety of employees.
Most recently, his technical expertise and depth of manufacturing knowledge was key to Oswego’s success in meeting ongoing business transformation objectives.
Opened in 1963, the City of Oswego plant was Novelis’ first U.S. operation and is the company’s largest, wholly-owned fabrication facility in North America.
Equipped for aluminum scrap remelting, ingot casting and hot and cold rolling, Oswego produces more than a billion pounds of high-quality aluminum sheet annually for the automotive, beverage can, building and construction and industrial products markets.