Local company celebrates 50th anniversary

Mr Jason Clare, Member for Blaxland visited Alcoa’s Yennora plant on Saturday to celebrate the site’s 50th Anniversary.


“Fifty years is a long time. 50 years ago the Beatles performed for the first time and John F. Kennedy became the President of the United States.

“A lot has changed since then, but the Alcoa facility is still here.

The Alcoa plant at Yennora is the home of Australia’s largest aluminium recycling facility.

“The facility recycles almost half a billion aluminium cans a year and employees more than 170 people,” Mr Clare said.

One of these employees is Chris Luu. Chris is the second longest serving employee at the plant and has been at there for 32 years.

My Luu came to Australia in 1979 from Vietnam when he was just 22. He started at the Yennora facility as an operator on the factory floor. He undertook an electrical apprenticeship and completed an Associate Diploma in Electrical Engineering and is now the Equipment Manager at Alcoa.

Mr Jason Clare and Mr Chris Luu participated in a cake cutting ceremony to help celebrate the 50th anniversary.

“The past 32 years have flown past. The key to why I’ve stayed so long is because I have kept training and changing my skills so that my job was never boring,” Mr Luu said.

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