Sapa Profiles North America has announced that it is investing $2 million as a major expansion of anodizing operations at its Miami, Fla. plant. Construction will begin in December with completion and full operation slated for mid-first quarter, 2012.
The expansion will make Sapa’s Miami operation the largest aluminum anodizing facility in the Southeastern United States. Sam Tingler, Miami plant manager, noted that, “This investment will more than double our Miami anodizing capacity to over 13 million pounds annually. We will offer a full range of services in clear and electrolytic colored anodic coatings as well as acid etch. Further, it demonstrates our continued commitment to this facility, the surrounding community and the regional market.”
Sat S. Adusumilli, director of operational effectiveness for Sapa NA noted that the expansion is only part of the more than $100 million capital expenditure that Sapa has completed in North America over the last two years. “By adding capacity and new capabilities, the Miami facility will add sourcing flexibility and complementary capabilities to our plants in Delhi, L.A. and Gainesville, Ga., which will enhance our customer service to the next level.”
Miami’s new anodizing lines will feature “green applications” for the Building & Construction market and also serve solar/renewable energy and automotive customers.
Doug Carlson, director of sales for Sapa Southeast and National B&C accounts, commented, “This is an exciting and very positive investment for the customer base in the Miami plant as well as the entire Florida market. It also serves as a clear indication of Sapa’s commitment to the overall extrusion industry as we continue to make available necessary capital for continued growth not only in Miami but in all regions and facilities.”