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Alexandria Industries Goes Big: Buys New Aluminum Extrusion Press, Adds Space

Wednesday, May 15, 2019  
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The company to increase its aluminum extrusion capabilities and capacities

AEC Extruder Member Alexandria Industries has invested in a new aluminum extrusion press. The press will make aluminum components that go into customer products people see and use every day.

Presezzi Extrusion Group, also an AEC member, will supply the press and will allow Alexandria Industries to increase its aluminum extrusion capabilities, extrude more complex product features, and hold tighter tolerances while utilizing a variety of alloys. Alexandria Industries will gain an extra 30 percent in extrusion capacity.

“By combining the latest in aluminum extrusion technology with the best employees, we will continue to lead our industry,” said Tom Schabel, CEO, Alexandria Industries. “This investment also aligns with our company vision and commitment to excellence. The new system will provide robust extruded aluminum components for our customers while providing us continued business growth into the future.”

Alexandria Industries will work with Presezzi Extrusion to customize the press to meet the specific needs of the company. The press will be equipped with the newest automation and mechanical technology:
• a state-of-the-art, magnetic billet heating system; the first in the U.S. and fifth in the world
• the ability to push harder alloys, providing the company access to new market opportunities
• automation, quench, and safety management systems, increasing extrusion production 30 percent
• an automated log handling and washing system, increasing production efficiencies and extrusion quality

“We are delighted to be working with Alexandria Industries to provide our latest advancements in extrusion system technologies,” said Bruno Donada, area manager, Presezzi Extrusion Group. The company’s collaborative culture fits perfectly with the way we run our business. This new partnership will generate business opportunities in the high-value aluminum extrusion industry for both companies.”

A Building Expansion
To accommodate the new equipment along with its soft Kevlar handling system, the company will add 12,000 square feet of space to its manufacturing facility located in Alexandria, with construction beginning soon after a groundbreaking celebration on May 14, 2019.