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Governor helps celebrate Alcoa’s 125th anniversary

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Gov. Jay Inslee, right, celebrates Alcoa’s 125th anniversary with company managers from facilities around the state at a ceremony in Olympia on Friday. From left are Kendall, Moffitt, manager of the Kawneer facility in Kent; Don Walton, manager of Wenatchee Works; and Barry Hullett, manager of Alcoa Intalco Works in Ferndale.

OLYMPIA — The manager of Alcoa Wenatchee Works joined here Friday with other company officials from around the state and Gov. Jay Inslee to celebrate the aluminum company’s 125th anniversary.

Wenatchee’s Don Walton and managers from facilities in Kent and Ferndale received Inslee’s proclamation in an afternoon ceremony at the governor’s offices.

The governor praised the company for its eco-friendly innovations, including increased energy efficiency and reduction of greenhouse gas emissions, in helping the state achieve sustainability goals, said a company press release.

Alcoa started in 1888 as the Pittsburgh Reduction Company when co-founder Charles Martin Hall discovered an affordable way to create aluminum with electrolysis. Alcoa built its first plant in the state in 1952 on the Columbia River in Wenatchee and later expanded into the Puget Sound area in 1969.


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