Alexandria Industries broke ground Tuesday on an expansion of its manufacturing building on County Road 22 in Alexandria.

Construction is expected to start soon on a 12,000-square-foot addition that is needed to accommodate a new aluminum extrusion press along with its soft Kevlar handling system.

The press will make aluminum components that go into customer products people see and use every day. It will allow the company to increase its aluminum extrusion capabilities and capacities, extrude more complex product features and hold tighter tolerances, while using a variety of alloys.

With the addition, Alexandria Industries will gain an extra 30 percent in extrusion capacity.

"By combining the latest in aluminum extrusion technology with the best employees, we will continue to lead our industry," Alexandria Industries CEO Tom Schabel said.

"The new system will provide robust extruded aluminum components for our customers, while providing us continued business growth into the future."

To meet its specific needs, Alexandria Industries plans to work with Presezzi Extrusion to customize the press. It 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 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 Alexandria Industries to provide our latest advancements in extrusion system technologies," said Bruno Donada, area manager of Presezzi Extrusion Group.

"The company's 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."

An extrusion press and 3D model of our building expansion are available upon request.

About Alexandria Industries Alexandria Industries delivers customized aluminum extrusions, precision machined products, heatsinks, and plastic injection and foam-molded components, as well as finishing, assembly and welding services, to manufacturing companies who make products that people use every day. Headquartered in Alexandria, Minn., Alexandria Industries has manufacturing locations in Minnesota, Indiana and Texas.