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Gateway Extrusions marks major expansion & 15th year

Friday, October 12, 2018  
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AEC member company Gateway Extrusions, headquartered in Union, MO, hosted an open house on September 28, 2018, to mark its recent $15 million expansion and its 15th year of growth and success since opening in 2003. Customers, vendors, members of the local business community, and government officials joined Gateway’s management team for tours of the facility, demonstrations of its new equipment, and a networking luncheon.

“The aluminum extrusion manufacturing industry is growing in Union,” said Tom Ziegler, Gateway's President of Operations. “Gateway’s investment of $15 million in new equipment and additional property and buildings means we are here to stay with plenty of room to grow in the future. Union is a terrific location to grow for many reasons. The labor force, the supportive business community, proximity to markets in every direction, the cost of operations, and the quality of life have made this the perfect choice for Gateway.”

Union City Mayor Mike Livengood shared with the audience his observations of Gateway’s success over the years, praising the company’s expansion and investments, and noting the company is a great employer and a committed, financially sound business for the community. Then, Mayor Livengood, other city officials, and representatives for U.S. Senator Roy Blunt and Missouri’s Department of Economic Development joined Gateway executives in a ceremonial ribbon-cutting to open the expanded factory, signifying Gateway’s future.

Gateway has had a major impact on the regional economy as well as the City of Union. “More than half of our vendors are based in Missouri, supplying materials, goods, and services required to keep our aluminum extrusion operations running smoothly,” said Ziegler. “We have doubled our workforce to over 130 employees since 2014 with the addition of new equipment and services. We have added new customers, many of which are right here in the region, and our annual production has doubled since 2015.”

Gateway opened in 2003 with the acquisition of the existing shuttered Cupples Aluminum Products plant in the Union Industrial Park by Gateway’s parent company, national manufacturer Crystal Window & Door Systems, headquartered in New York. Gateway was launched to vertically integrate Crystal’s manufacturing and control quality and was soon supplying nearly all the parent company’s aluminum profile needs.

As it grew, Gateway’s sales moved beyond the parent company into many other markets, requiring the company in 2014 to enter a multi-year production expansion program. Major renovations and additions to the existing factory were completed. New 7-inch and 9-inch aluminum extrusion presses were acquired, significantly increasing capacity, efficiency, and capability. A new environmentally sustainable vertical powder coat paint line was added, doubling Gateway’s throughput of finished profiles. Now more than half of Gateway’s annual production is for customers other than its parent company.

“Our customers and employees can look forward to further improvements to our facility, such as a new administrative office addition, enhancements to the exterior parking and landscaped areas, and renovations to the adjacent 200,000 sq. ft. buildings Gateway purchased,” said Ziegler. Currently these buildings are rented and fully occupied by another local manufacturing firm, keeping this industrial property economically viable. Long-term, Gateway may explore opportunities to add new production processes in Union, related to its parent company’s fenestration manufacturing operations.