The Century Aluminum Sebree smelter is nestled in western Kentucky at the border of Henderson and Webster counties. The plant has been in operation since 1973 and currently employs 500 people, some of whom commute from as far away as the Kentucky Lake region.
The smelter, which is one of only a handful remaining in the United States, creates new aluminum from alumina, a fine white powder that arrives at the plant by barge. The other critical element in the creation of aluminum is electricity. The smelter is one of the largest users of electricity in the region. When combined, the two elements create aluminum!