Sept. 2, 2015
Sapa Relocates Extrusion Presses
Sapa Extrusions-North America has installed extrusion presses at its Yankton, S.D., and Elkhart, Ind., facilities. The presses have been moved from other Sapa locations and should begin operation during the second half of 2015.
Both units were installed to accommodate continued production growth in the Midwest. With an increased need for capacity, Yankton and Elkhart anticipate full utilization of both presses, providing extruded aluminum to customers in the building, construction and automotive industries, the company claims.
“We’ve seen very strong growth in the Midwest region of the U.S. over the last several years,” says Patrick Lawlor, president of Sapa Extrusions Americas. “These two presses are coming at the perfect time to serve what we expect to be a high demand for aluminum extrusions in the region. One of the important strengths of our Sapa network is the ability to move our press assets to the areas of the world where they are most needed.”
At Yankton, a 2,500-ton, 8-inch direct extrusion press has been installed primarily to serve building and construction customers. Sapa also has installed two new shipping docks to accommodate the increased capacity.
In Elkhart, a 3,000-ton, 8-inch direct extrusion press was added to serve automotive customers. The upgrade also included new shipping docks, a new 8-inch log furnace with billet saw and line support equipment, and new aging furnaces.
“The installation of these new presses in two Midwest locations is a sign of the full confidence we have that both plants will become even more successful with this new additional extrusion capacity,” says Blake Robertson, general manager for the Midwest region.