On a chilly, rainy Saturday night in Kingston, Ontario, no place felt more welcoming than the tent where I and 400 other Novelis Kingston employees, retirees and special guests gathered to celebrate our plant’s 75th Anniversary event.
We were honoured to have Kingston Mayor Bryan Paterson and Novelis CEO Steve Fisher in attendance to celebrate our accomplishments, our dedication to our employees and community and to commemorate this important milestone.
To honour Novelis’ strong partnership and storied history in the Kingston community, Mayor Bryan Paterson presented a plaque commemorating the achievements of Novelis Kingston and made a declaration proclaiming this week as “Novelis Kingston Works Week.” During the course of the week, members of the Kingston community have an opportunity to see the plant’s rolling and casting capabilities first-hand through guided tours.
Since 1940, Kingston has played an essential role in the evolution of Novelis. Originally founded as the Aluminum Company of Canada, commonly known as Alcan, the Kingston plant supplied aluminum materials to the Allied front in World War II. During the 1960s and 1970s, the plant was responsible for research and manufacturing of aluminum sheet metal, cans and supplies for major industries such as automotive, transportation, beverage and packaging.
Today, Novelis Kingston produces aluminum for automotive, transportation and other industrial applications, long serving as a cornerstone of Novelis’ business operations and as a historical symbol within the Kingston community. In fact, we in Kingston sometimes joke that everybody knows somebody who has worked here at the plant.
As Novelis continues to evolve its global offerings, the future for Novelis Kingston is undoubtedly bright. I’m grateful for our employees’ commitment. I am appreciative of Kingston’s support. And most of all, I am proud of all that we have accomplished together in the last 75 years.
Cheers, to our history, our people and to the opportunities that lie ahead!