Century Aluminum delays earnings report in wake of exec’s medical leave

Century Aluminum, owner of the Mount Holly smelter, said Thursday it will delay its earnings report as its chief financial officer takes a medical leave of absence.

Rick Dillon, the executive vice president and chief financial officer of Chicago-based Century Aluminum Co., is taking a temporary medical leave of absence and that will delay an earnings report for the company that owns a smelter in Mount Holly, Century announced Thursday.

Dillon is expected to return to the company by the end of March. The company provided no further details about the leave of absence.

Michael Bless, Century’s president and CEO, will assume Dillon’s duties in his absence.

Century said it will reschedule its earnings announcement to Feb. 24. The earnings announcement had been scheduled for Feb. 19 after the markets’ close.

The company announced on Dec. 1 that it had completed its $67.5 million acquisition from Alcoa of the Mount Holly smelter, one of Berkeley County’s largest manufacturing employers. Century bought out the 50.3 percent stake it didn’t already own in the 34-year-old facility.

The Mount Holly site near Goose Creek employs about 600 workers and can produce about 229,000 tons of primary aluminum annually.

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