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Production pruning - Hydro closes aluminium tubing plant in Michigan

Hydro has discontinued production and closed the doors at its aluminium tubing plant in Michigan, winding up the closure process that started last year and ending 70 years of manufacturing operations at the Adrian site.

Activities related to the closure, which Hydro announced last March, included the transfer of products and manufacturing equipment from the Adrian plant to Hydro's 2 other aluminium tubing sites in North America in Florida and in Mexico. The Adrian plant made its final product deliveries last week.

Demolition work and clean up operations will begin immediately, with as much of the waste as possible being recycled. Plant manager Mr Greg Hall, who is leading the process, said that he expects these activities to last through September 2010.

He said that Hydro has donated the property to the local township for future development. The township does not have anything planned at this time, but it has been our desire to be a good corporate citizen by removing the buildings and turning over the site in proper condition.

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