Volume 45, Issue 1 - January 2010



Two Extrusion Manufacturers
Increase Capacity, Sizes Available

December 17, two extrusion manufacturers—Bonnell Aluminum of Newnan, Ga., and Keymark Corp. of Fonda, N.Y.—each announced plans for expanded capacity.
Bonnell announced the start-up of its long-planned extrusion press, which was engineered specifically to produce architectural-quality profiles for prominent exposed applications up to 16 inches wide.

This 5,500-ton aluminum extrusion press was installed at the company’s manufacturing facility in Carthage, Tenn., in a new building covering 70,000 square feet.

Built by the Italian manufacturer PRESEZZI, and using the latest technologies in handling systems from OMAV, this press is intended to allow for new design opportunities for architects who are seeking larger extruded profiles and more design freedom, as it will be capable of up to 16-inch-wide shapes.

Meanwhile, Keymark announced its plans to install a large aluminum extrusion press as part of a multi-million dollar expansion project at its plant in Lakeland, Fla.

The new UBE, 3,000-ton hydraulic press, capable of producing extrusions up to 14 inches in circle size, will be installed adjacent to Keymark’s existing 140,000-square-foot facility. The new facility will incorporate an additional 104,000 square feet of floor space and will leave room for future expansion.

“It will probably increase our capacity over 30 million pounds,” Brent Slaton, Keymark’s national sales coordinator, told USGlass.
Keymark of Florida currently houses two 7-inch aluminum extrusion presses and a 40-foot horizontal paint line.

The expansion will create 63 new jobs in the Lakeland area over the next two years. The planned startup of the new press will be second quarter of 2010. “Hopefully we will catch the market on the upswing,” Slaton said.

According to Slaton, that “upswing” may be sooner rather than later. In fact, both extrusion producers noted that these openings have been timed to help these companies grow despite a recovering construction market.

When USGlass spoke with Bonnell director of sales and marketing Ira Endres in October, he noted, “Our view is going forward that the nonresidential segments still have some softness ahead well into 2010 and hopefully the support of stimulus funding and the return of private investment will help us on the recovery side of the cycle.”

Slaton added, “It’s slow to come, there’s no doubt. We’ve been through some tough times the last two years. But we are starting to see significant amount of quotes, and we’ve secured a couple of nice projects recently. It does look like things are improving in our industry.”

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