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Logan Aluminum - Russellville, Logan County, Kentucky

Logan Aluminum's rolling mill situated along US431 (Lewisburg Road) north of Russellville, Kentucky this past Sunday (10-30-2011). Aluminum ingots arrive here via truck and rail (Logan is the primary rail-service customer on the Lewisburg Branch) to be formed into sheet aluminum coils. This usually occurs by passing the metal through rollers (thus the "rolling mill" designation) to progressively reduce the thickness of the the metal to whatever specifications are required. I honestly don't know what stage of the milling process Logan performs here aside from assuming that it must be the initial stage owing to the large ingots arriving here.


I never had occasion to visit this plant when I was still driving over-the-road but have hauled large aluminum coils out of Louisville, KY and Hot Springs, Arkansas (Reynolds Aluminum, on both occasions) that were bound for similar rolling mills that ultimately produced aluminum foil. "Tin foil" isn't really a proper name anymore since aluminum began replacing tin early in the 20th century (Lifesavers were amongst the first things to be packaged in such foil in 1913!).


Ever wondered why one side is shiny and the other side is dull? During aluminum foil's final pass through a rolling mill, the aluminum is so thin that two sheets must pass between the rollers at the same time... The shiny side is the side that was in contact with these rollers, while the dull or matte side is the side that was in contact with the other sheet aluminum while being rolled. ;-)


K, "How It's Made" is over with for today... LOL Hey, I frequently learn something from these lil research projects, too... {chuckle} Hope everyone is having a great weekend! :-)

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Taken on October 30, 2011