Brett McBrayer, Tennessee smelting location manager for ALCOA, has accepted another position and left the aluminum company.
resignation comes at a time when the South Plant is "curtailed" -- not producing aluminum ingots but not completely shut down in anticipation of a possible restart.
It displaces a member of ALCOA's
negotiating team attempting to reach a long-term power contract with the Tennessee Valley Authority -- an agreement critical to resuming smelting operations at the Blount County plant.
"Tennessee Smelting Location Manager Brett McBrayer has made the decision to leave Alcoa to pursue other professional interests," the company said in a prepared statement.
and the smelter employees worked together to return the Tennessee Smelter
to operational stability in 2008 after a potentially debilitating lightning strike.
In March 2009, due to uncompetitive power and depressed metal prices, the Tennessee Smelter
transitioned to curtailment status," the statement said.
"Since the curtailment, McBrayer
has been focused on obtaining a competitive power contract with TVA, along with other special projects for U.S. Primary Products.
all the best in his
, a Maryville native, informed co-workers of his
decision last week.
was not immediately available Tuesday to comment on his
As McBrayer moves out of state for another job, he also leaves behind the chairmanship of the Tennessee Chamber of Commerce and Industry Board of Directors.
Tennessee and Maryville and Knoxville always really mattered to Brett