According to a report in Platts, AEC member Superior Extrusions is installing a third aluminum extrusion press at its KI Sawyer plant near Gwinn, Michigan, because its two existing presses have reached maximum capacity, CEO Brad Couture said.
Couture, in an interview, said the new press will be housed in a 75,000-square-foot expansion of its current building and is expected to represent most of the project's estimated $10.5 million cost.
"We're awaiting final bids on the building," he said. "We expect to have them in the second week of October."
The project is scheduled for completion in November 2018.
It is long overdue, according to Couture. Superior produced its first billet in December 1998 and the plant's existing 7-inch and 9-inch presses have been running at full capacity for two to three years, he said. They currently produce together about 30 million lb for a variety of markets, including automotive, trucks and recreation.
Couture said the new 7-inch, 2,000-ton aluminum extrusion press and related equipment are expected to boost the plant's output by 18 million lb-20 million lb.
"It will help fill our customers' needs," he said. "It will increase our capacity." More...