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The Millennium site cleanup reached an exciting new milestone this month as demolition began on the old Reynolds Metals buildings.

This was a bittersweet moment for former Reynolds workers, many of whom had been at the plant for several decades. The cleanup of the former site includes the removal of several longstanding structures that housed the original aluminum smelter constructed in 1941 as the United States entered World War II.

After the plant was decommissioned more than 10 years ago, it left many longtime employees without family wage jobs. The Daily News quoted an employee as saying the plant “helped to raise a lot of families.”

At Millennium, we consider the cleanup of the existing industrial land to allow for future industrial uses to be one of our highest priorities. We’ve partnered with Alcoa, as well as state and local agencies to clean up the site and redevelop it into a world-class import and export facility.

To date, we have removed more than 200,000 tons of materials from the site, two-thirds of which has been recycled. This number will only increase as we plan to recycle much of the aluminum, steel and other metal from the old plant.

 

Read more about the cleanup here, at The Daily News.

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