Alcoa (NYSE: AA ) reported a sizable "earnings beat" earlier this month. But all's not well in alumi-land. Another aluminum manufacturer -- Century Aluminum (NASDAQ: CENX ) -- has just warned workers and investors that it might be forced to close down its largest aluminum plant in the United States.
Find out why, and find out what other companies could be put at risk by a shutdown in Hawesville, Ky., as Fool contributor Rich Smith explains in the following video.
Materials industries are traditionally known for their high barriers to entry, and the aluminum industry is no exception. Controlling about 15% of global production in this highly consolidated industry, Alcoa is in prime position to take advantage of growth that some expect will lead to total industry revenue approaching $160 billion by 2017. Based on this prospect and several other company-specific factors, Alcoa is certainly worth a closer look. For a Foolish investment perspective on this global giant simply click here now to get started.