Photo: Club Secretary Geoff Heathcote, Paula, and Club President Donald McCorkindale

As well as giving a lively rundown of her new job as Rodding Room Supervisor at the smelter, immediate Past-President Paula Ross also gave members an interesting update on the structure of the GFG Alliance and the progress of the alloy wheel manufacturing plant at Liberty British Aluminium, Fort William.

Paula’s new role involves supervising the rodding room. Safety and employee welfare are key factors in the rodding room environment. The smelter has 2 cell rooms each of 40 cells and there are 16 rods in each cell. Cathode blocks conduct electricity through the cells and turn alumina into aluminium. The smelter produces over 48,000 tons of metal each year generally cast in 10-ton ingots.

It is anticipated that about half of this output will be used in the proposed alloy wheel hubcaps factory, work on which is due to start in September.

Paula responded to a number of questions before President Donald McCorkindale thanked her for the insight into her job and the update on GFG Alliance’s activities in Lochaber and further afield. Club members applauded Paula’s talk.