NASHVILLE, Tenn. — The Tennessee General Assembly recognized the 100th anniversary of Alcoa’s operations in Tennessee by presenting representatives of the company with a resolution commemorating the occasion. Senate Joint Resolution 206, sponsored by Senator Doug Overbey (R-Maryville), Representatives Art Swann (R-Maryville) and Representative Bob Ramsey (R-Maryville), celebrates “Alcoa Day” and recognizes the company’s importance as a Tennessee employer and good corporate citizen.
“It is hard to overestimate the value of a business in your community that has been there for over 100 years,” said Overbey. “Our community feels very honored to have this business in Blount County. It has meant so much to our citizens over the past 100 years.”
Alcoa’s Tennessee Operations grew from one North Maryville location in 1913 to three plants, four hydroelectric dams and a downtown Knoxville location in becoming the largest aluminum can recycling plant in North America. The resolution specifically cites Alcoa Tennessee’s partnership with its communities to invest millions of dollars through local funds and Alcoa Foundation grants over the past century.
“I had six uncles, two aunts and a grandfather, all who worked at Alcoa,” said Rep. Swann. “Anyone who lives in the region can tell you this company has made a major impact on our community and has had an enormous impact on our lives.”
“Alcoa has been such an important part of our community,” added Rep. Ramsey. “They not only provide jobs to many of our citizens, but have been good corporate citizens by investing in our community through their foundation and other ways.”
Photo includes: Chris Moore, Environmental Consultant for Alcoa, Rep. Art Swann, Senator Overbey, Beth Schmidt, the Recycling Manager for Alcoa and Ken McMillen, Tennessee Operations Location Manager for Alcoa.