Proposed aluminum plant a ‘positive’ for La Paz County, says Thomas Galvin, Rose Law group land use and regulatory attorney

Disclosure: Rose Law Group represents Alliance Metals

By Alison Steinbach | Arizona Republic

In the century since Europeans settled this valley between two western Arizona mountain ranges, the area has attracted farms, ranches and winter visitors.

A proposal to build an aluminum smelting facility amid the farm fields and dusty pastures along the highway connecting Wenden and Salome would bring a new industry to the area — one that aims to produce 10 million pounds of scrap aluminum a month.

Florida-based Technocon International, which operates as Alliance Metals, is touting the investment and jobs it will bring to the area. Residents, meanwhile, fear it will also bring a host of problems, including pollution and traffic that would drastically alter the area. Plus, they have questions about the business owners’ backgrounds.