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May 10, 2011

   Novelis, Inc., the global leader in aluminum rolled products and aluminum can recycling, announced today that it will open a research and development center in Kennesaw.

   Scheduled to open in Summer 2012, Novelis expects to employ as many as 150 scientists and technologists over the next few years at the new facility. Areas of focus for the center will include aluminum product development as well as manufacturing process improvements for the company’s global operations.

   “We selected this location for its proximity to our global headquarters, accessibility to customers from all parts of the world, and the ability to recruit talent to the area, said Philip Martens, president and chief executive officer of Novelis. “The new facility will expand our R&D program to support Novelis’ aggressive growth plans for the future.”

   “Today’s announcement by Novelis that they will be bringing high-paying jobs in the research and development sector is right on target for Cobb County,” said Commission Chairman Tim Lee. “We have been working closely with the state and Cobb Chamber to position Cobb squarely in the sights of companies looking to successfully grow their business while offering an excellent quality of life to their employees.”

   The new facility will become the hub of Novelis’ global network of R&D activities, which includes seven other facilities located in the U.S., Canada, Germany, Luxembourg, Switzerland and Korea. In 2010, the company created 153 new jobs for the Atlanta community in its global headquarters office which currently employs around 250 people.

   “The announcement of Novelis in Cobb County reinforces the importance of keeping Cobb competitive,” said Cobb Chamber Chairman Rob Garcia. “Being a community focused on economic development is key to recruiting target industries such as Novelis.”

   This announcement is the latest in a number of projects for the City of Kennesaw, including CCH Small Firm Services in January. “The announcement of Novelis bringing a research and development center to Kennesaw is another exciting economic development win for our city and for Cobb County,” said Mark Mathews, Mayor of Kennesaw. “We are honored to have Novelis join our business community and we’re certain Novelis will prove to be a positive corporate citizen and partner for economic growth.

   For more information on Novelis, Inc. please visit

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