Century had previously announced its intent to curtail 100% of its Hawesville operations beginning on October 24th, but now will only reduce its operations to 40% of capacity.

The remaining operations at the Hawesville smelter will primarily produce high-purity aluminium and provide molten metal to local customers. Continued operations at 40% of capacity will be dependent on acceptable commercial conditions, including aluminium prices, product premiums and operating costs.

"We are pleased to be able to announce that partial operations will continue at Hawesville," commented Michael Bless, President and CEO. "Hawesville's ability to produce high-purity aluminium enables the smelter to produce a unique product that will hopefully allow the plant to survive, albeit at significantly reduced production levels, in today's market conditions.