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This profile was last updated on 10/21/09  and contains information from public web pages.

Employment History

Board Memberships and Affiliations


  • Bachelor of Science degree
    University of Tennessee
  • Master's Degree , Applied Behavioral Science
    Bastyr University
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Brett McBrayer, Tennessee ..., 21 Oct 2009 [cached]
Brett McBrayer, Tennessee smelting location manager for ALCOA, has accepted another position and left the aluminum company.
His 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.
"McBrayer 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. Alcoa wishes Brett all the best in his future endeavors."
McBrayer, a Maryville native, informed co-workers of his decision last week. He was not immediately available Tuesday to comment on his future plans.
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.
United Way of Blount County Board of Directors, 23 Mar 2008 [cached]
Brett McBrayer, Location Manager, Alcoa Inc., (2008)
Forging Magazine - Workers Strike at Alcoa's Cleveland Wheel Operation, 7 Nov 2006 [cached]
Alcoa's Cleveland Works manager Brett McBrayer stated: "We entered negotiations with the hope of increasing our competitiveness while preserving jobs in Cleveland and the standard of living of our employees.It is unfortunate that we have not been able to reach a new agreement.We will, however, continue to be attentive to our customers and try to protect jobs during this period of uncertainty."
The company states the plant is faced with rising health-care costs, utility increases, and low-cost foreign competition."We must contain our costs, improve productivity and grow our business to be globally competitive.Having a fair competitive long-term labor agreement, like the one offered to UAW Local 1050, would help better position us to secure our future in Cleveland," McBrayer said.
Alcoa: News: News Releases: Alcoa and UAW Local 1050 Fail to Reach Labor Agreement, 1 Jan 2006 [cached]
"We entered negotiations with the hope of increasing our competitiveness while preserving jobs in Cleveland and the standard of living of our employees," said Brett McBrayer, Alcoa's Cleveland Works Plant Manager.
"We are dealing with competitors in countries whose costs are as much as 30 percent lower than ours," said McBrayer.
Blount County Chamber of Commerce - Member News, 19 July 2008 [cached]
Alcoa, Tenn. -- Alcoa Inc.'s Brett McBrayer was recently elected Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Tennessee Chamber of Commerce and Industry. He succeeds John Van Mol, founding partner, President and CEO of Dye, Van Mol & Lawrence of Nashville. McBrayer's chairmanship was effective January 1, 2009. He will officially receive the gavel Feb. 24 at the Tennessee Chamber's 97th Annual Meeting and Reception.
mcbrayer The Tennessee Chamber of Commerce and Industry is the state chamber of commerce and the state manufacturer's association. Designed to promote and protect the state's business climate, the Tennessee Chamber is involved in federal and state legislation and regulations, human resources, taxation, the environment, health care and other issues that affect the state's business community.
"I'm honored and excited to be a part of a team focused on addressing opportunities and concerns impacting business growth and competitiveness in Tennessee," said McBrayer.
McBrayer is the Location Manager of Primary Metals, Alcoa Tennessee Operations. A Maryville native, McBrayer began his career with Alcoa Inc. in 1989 as an industrial engineer at Tennessee Operations Rigid Packaging Division. After assignments in finishing, can reclamation and hot rolling, McBrayer was promoted to ingot area coordinator in 1993. In 1996, he accepted an international assignment as organizational development consultant for Alcoa Manufacturing in Great Britain where he was charged with organizational design and employee engagement initiatives. He returned to Tennessee in 1998 and in 2003 was named Plant Manager of Alcoa Cleveland Works where he led a 1,300 employee forging facility servicing the aerospace, industrial products, automotive and commercial transportation markets. McBrayer accepted his current role in 2007.
McBrayer holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Tennessee, where he was a Letterman on the University of Tennessee football team, and a Master's Degree in Applied Behavioral Science from Bastyr University in Seattle.
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