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On March 25, we dedicated a new floodwall at our Bloomsburg, Pennsylvania facility, heralding greater levels of safety and stability for employees and customers. Funded through a partnership of the town of Bloomsburg, the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Department of Community & Economic Development, local and state government, and Alcoa, the floodwall is designed to protect the facility and surrounding area from potential storm damage. More than 280 guests, including Pennsylvania State Senator John Gordner, Pennsylvania State Representative Dave Millard, Bloomsburg Mayor Dan Knorr, Columbia County commissioners, local business owners, and Kawneer customers and employees, attended the dedication ceremony.

“Bloomsburg is an invaluable flagship location for Kawneer North America. One in every three doors you walk through in the U.S. is a Kawneer door, and, more often than not, those doors were manufactured here in Bloomsburg,” said Diana Perreiah, president, Alcoa Building and Construction Systems, North America, and Kawneer North America. “This floodwall is the result of strong community partnerships and mutual investment. We are grateful to all parties involved for helping us provide our employees with a safer, more stable place to work and ensuring our customers continue to receive the Kawneer products and services they depend on.”

In September 2011, Tropical Storm Lee brought heavy rainfall and historic flooding to Pennsylvania, resulting in extensive damage to the Bloomsburg community and our facility, which employs approximately 395 people. Kawneer and Alcoa immediately responded, developing a recovery plan and offering financial support to the community through the Alcoa Foundation. Employees worked diligently to address the challenges presented by the flood, assessing options and instituting processes to address order fulfillment while actively participating in rebuilding their community.

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