Alcoa’s presence in Suriname extends back to 1916. The business, now known as Suriname Aluminum Company, L.L.C. (Suralco L.L.C.), originally focused on mining bauxite, an ore from which alumina is extracted and used to make aluminum. In 1958, Suralco signed an agreement with the Suriname government to develop the country’s hydropower and bring the aluminum industry to the country. Today, Suralco produces approximately 3,150 metric tons of alumina each day at its Paranam location.