Carrie Stambaugh, Managing Editor
Kentucky's aluminum production capacity is among the higest in the nation with 190 aluminum related facilities employing more than 20,000, according to the Kentucky Cabinet for Econonic Development. The Bluegrass boats two aluminum smelters, Kentucky Smelting Technology in Paris and Century Aluminum in Hawesville in addition to downstream processors, extruders, diecasters, and fabrication facilities. Since 2014, 92 new aluminum expansion projects have been announced, with 23 coming in 2017 alone. The projects represent a $2.9 billion in investment over four years and together more than 2,800 full-time jobs.