Aleris Goes Bankrupt As Aluminum Prices Plunge

Law360, New York (February 12, 2009, 12:00 AM EST) -- Aluminum recycler Aleris International Inc., which also produces aluminum rolled products and extrusions, sought bankruptcy protection Thursday amid deteriorating demand, earnings and liquidity.

The Beachwood, Ohio-based company filed its Chapter 11 petition with the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the District of Delaware, reporting assets of about $4.9 billion and liabilities of about $4.2 billion as of the end of September.

Though Aleris' U.S. subsidiaries also declared bankruptcy, its European, Asian, South American, Mexican and Canadian operations were not included in the filing.

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