Re: GBW Aluminum Traffic (was Manifest of Lading)

Tony Thompson

Dave Nelson wrote:

In the late steam era almost all Aluminum smelting occurred in Washington State.  This is because such smelting requires large amounts of electricity and due to the Columbia River dams that became the center of such work.  

Not really. The town and plant of Alcoa, Tennessee was built to use relatively cheap TVA power, and they produced a LOT of a aluminum. And Alcoa had a plant at Massena, New York, using Niagara Falls power, not as big as Alcoa, Tenn. but a pretty significant producer. Not saying the Columbia wasn’t big too, just that it was hardly the whole story.

Tony Thompson

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