Aluminum (USA) Inc. plans to invest millions to upgrade its
Aluminum Shapes LLC and Signature Aluminum Canada Inc.
businesses, according to market sources and a New Jersey
Sources estimated the
total investment at the two facilities at $45 million to $65
The lower figure is
more likely, AMM has been told, with $30 million
slated for a new casthouse and upgrades to the extrusion plant
at Delair, N.J.-based Aluminum Shapes LLC, and another $15
million to $20 million earmarked for a new extrusion press and
upgrades to two current presses and the casthouse at Pickering,
Ontario-based Signature Aluminum Canada.
Former Aluminum Shapes
and Signature Aluminum Canada chief executive officer Ted
amm.com, Sept. 13) has said that Global
Aluminum, Walnut, Calif., was mulling investments in the two
facilities, including a casting capability at Aluminum Shapes.
The parent company has also said it was considering adding new
extrusion presses and other upgrades to boost production (
amm.com, Dec. 7).
permit for Aluminum Shapes has been approved, according to
documents filed with the New Jersey Department of Environmental
Protection (DEP). AMM couldnt confirm whether
the permit was for a new casthouse.
Mayor Rick Taylor, whose jurisdiction includes Delair, said
officials and company executives met to discuss "making some
improvements ... and going back to more or less 24-hour,
around-the-clock shifts, which is the way it was several years
Taylor said he
"gleaned" from the talks that Aluminum Shapes might build a new
casthouse. He recalled $30 million being mentioned but
wasnt positive about the figure.
A spokesman for
Pickering Mayor David Ryan didnt return requests for
comment Sept. 13.
chief technology officer of Global Aluminum parent LiaoNing
ZhongWang Group Co. Ltd., told AMM Sept. 12 that he
wasnt authorized to speak about any potential expansions.
He referred questions to Global Aluminum chief executive
officer Johnson Shao, who didnt respond to requests for