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Alexandria Industries Expands Operations

They invest in a new large aluminum extrusion press and add 12,000 sq ft to their facility.


Alexandria Industries (Alexandria, MN) plans to install a new aluminum extrusion press that will make aluminum components that go into customer products people see and use every day. Made by Presezzi Extrusion Group S.p.A (Vimercate, MB-Italy), this press will increase their aluminum extrusion capabilities, gain an extra 30 percent in capacity, extrude more complex product features and hold tighter tolerances, all while utilizing a variety of alloys. “By combining the latest in aluminum extrusion technology with the best employees, we will continue to lead our industry,” said Tom Schabel, the chief executive officer for Alexandria Industries. “This investment also aligns with our vision and commitment to excellence. This new system will provide robust extruded aluminum components for our customers, while providing us continued business growth into the future.”

They will work with Presezzi Extrusion to customize the press to meet their specific needs of the company. The system will be equipped with the newest automation and mechanical technology:

  • A state-of-the-art, magnetic billet heating system that is the first in the U.S. and fifth in the world.
  • The ability to push harder alloys, providing the company with 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 them to provide our latest advancements in extrusion system technologies,” said Bruno Donada, the area manager for Presezzi Extrusion. “Their 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.” To accommodate the new equipment along with its soft Kevlar handling system, they will add 12,000 sq ft of space to their manufacturing facility located in Alexandria.


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