Still alight and allumé at 50! - The Alcoa Baie-Comeau Smelter rolls out the blue carpet for VIP guests in honour of its plant's 50th anniversary



    BAIE-COMEAU, Sept. 6 /CNW Telbec/ - While the entire City of Baie-Comeau
grooves to the beat of festivities marking the 50th anniversary of the Alcoa
Baie-Comeau Smelter, the smelter itself is enjoying the privilege of welcoming
numerous distinguished guests from Québec, the rest of Canada and the United
States. In fact, more than 200 partners, clients and suppliers are converging
at the plant for a special visit of its installations. Among the dignitaries
also attending are the Minister of Natural Resources and Wildlife, Claude
Béchard, the Reeve of the RCM of Manicouagan, Georges-Henri Gagné, the Mayor
of Baie-Comeau, Ivo Di Piazza, the MLA from René-Lévesque in the National
Assembly, Marjolain Dufour, and the MP from Manicouagan in the House of
Commons, Gérard Asselin. On the Alcoa side, we herald the presence of senior
Alcoa executives, and in particular, Klaus Kleinfeld, newly-appointed
President and Chief Operating Officer.
    The visit will take in the plant's key sectors: the Svderberg rooms, the
prebake rooms, the maintenance workshops and the smelter. The guests will
attend a special casting at the smelter along with an unveiling of the
sculpture specially designed for the plant's 50th anniversary. Entitled "The
Faces of Time", this sculpture, in aluminum naturally, is an original work by
Doris Clavette, a plant employee and experienced artist, who was skilfully
assisted by his work colleagues. This sculpture was designed as an homage to
the women and men who worked at the plant in the past, present and future. An
evening gala at Hôtel Le Manoir will crown this emotionally charged day.
    "The year 2007 is a historic milestone for the Alcoa Baie-Comeau Smelter
and we are proud to celebrate our 50th anniversary in the company of our many
partners who, each in their own way, are associated with our company's
success," stated Pierre Morin, General Manager of the Alcoa Baie-Comeau
Smelter. "Our smelter represents an important economic engine for the entire
region, thanks in large part to more than 10,600 workers in every field who,
like the original builders, were able to meet the challenges that arose over
the past fifty years - with flying colours. We are launching into this second
half century with our eyes resolutely turned to the future."
    The festivities are continuing with activities for the plant personnel
and their families, retired employees and the whole community as well. The
September 8-9 weekend will be especially exciting, and a series of events
including shows for the people of the community will bring Parc des Pionniers
alive with fun for everyone.

    About the Alcoa Baie-Comeau Smelter

    The Alcoa Baie-Comeau Smelter employs a team of 1,700 people and produces
more than 437,000 metric tons of aluminum annually. It is held by Alcoa, which
deploys 122,000 employees in 44 countries. The plant went into production in
1957 and ever since, it has contributed to the growth and vitality of
Baie-Comeau and the Manicouagan region, where it is proud to have put down
roots and where it intends to remain for a very long time to come.




For further information:

For further information: Gilles Chassé, Director of Communications,
Alcoa Baie-Comeau Smelter, (418) 296-7051, gilles.chasse@alcoa.com

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