A businessman well-versed in the element
Portlander Brett Wilcox got into the aluminum business in 1985 when he bought Martin Marietta's closed smelter in The Dalles and got it running again as Northwest Aluminum. A few years later, he bought Goldendale Aluminum, a larger, newer smelter southeast of Goldendale, Wash.
Wilcox incorporated the two smelter companies, along with two other subsidiaries, into the holding company Golden Northwest Aluminum Inc. in 1998.
In the early '80s, he was executive director of Direct Service Industries, a trade association that bought electricity directly from the Bonneville Power Administration.
He is chairman of the Oregon Economic and Community Development Commission and vice chairman of the Oregon Progress Board.