Novelis Announces New Plant Manager for Oswego Facility

Posted on February 23, 2022

Novelis Inc. has named Kristen Nelson as Plant Manager for the Novelis Oswego facility, the Company’s largest wholly owned facility in North America, following the retirement of Jeff Cruse.

Nelson brings with her over 15 years of experience in the manufacturing industry. She assumes the role of Oswego Plant Manager after previously serving in various roles within Novelis, most recently Plant Manager of the Novelis Warren facility.  

“Through strong leadership and unwavering commitment to Novelis, Jeff has left an indelible impression on our organization.” says Tom Boney, President of Novelis North America.

Cruse retires following a storied career that spans over three decades. Serving as an integral leader, Cruse collaborated with colleagues across Novelis regionally and globally to elevate and enhance safety and operational excellence. Most notably, over the past decade, he served as plant manager for three plants across North America.  

“It is with deep appreciation for his years of service that we wish Jeff well in his retirement.” says Ganesh Panneer, Vice President of Operations. “We are grateful for his commitment and dedication to Novelis.”

Responsible for daily operations of the Oswego facility, Nelson will oversee production and manufacturing to ensure ongoing safety, quality, productivity and community collaboration. In addition to building upon the success of her predecessor, Nelson will build and strengthen relationships with valued business, government and community partners in Oswego.

“Kristen is a knowledgeable, resilient and strong leader who exemplifies the Novelis purpose.” says Panneer “As our largest wholly owned facility in North America, Oswego is an integral part of our business and it is with the highest confidence that we name Kristen Nelson Plant Manager.”

Producing more than a billion pounds of high-quality aluminum sheet each year, Oswego represents Novelis’ first U.S. operation and stands today as the company’s largest, wholly-owned fabrication facility in North America. Equipped for aluminum scrap remelting/recycling, ingot casting, hot and cold rolling and finishing. Oswego generates premium aluminum products used primarily by automotive, building and construction, beverage can markets and in multiple industrial product applications.

About Novelis

Novelis Inc. is driven by its purpose of shaping a sustainable world together. We are a global leader in the production of innovative aluminum products and solutions and the world's largest recycler of aluminum. Our ambition is to be the leading provider of low-carbon, sustainable aluminum solutions and to achieve a fully circular economy by partnering with our suppliers, as well as our customers in the aerospace, automotive, beverage can and specialties industries throughout North America, Europe, Asia and South America. Novelis is a subsidiary of Hindalco Industries Limited, an industry leader in aluminum and copper, and the metals flagship company of the Aditya Birla Group, a multinational conglomerate based in Mumbai. For more information, visit


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