In the US Midwest, Sat Adusumilli looks out over the Sapa plant in Kalamazoo, Michigan.
Did you know?
The Midwest region, located in the upper-middle part of the United States, is known for the farms and factories. But the region also has large cities like the windy city of Chicago, where Sapa’s Extrusion Americas business area has its head office.
Sapa has five extrusion plants in the Midwest. Three of them are located in Indiana – in Connersville, Elkhart and North Liberty – and the others are in Kalamazoo, Michigan, and in Yankton, South Dakota. In addition, Sapa has a casthouse in Monett, Missouri, and a fabrication facility in Sidney, Ohio.
Meet one of our plant managers:
Randy Unrein (pictured, right) serves as plant manager of the extrusion plants in Elkhart and North Liberty, Indiana.
Our safety advice:
"We define our overall vision for the Sidney plant in simple terms: world-class safety, bottom-line results and long-term sustainability. But safety always comes first," says Brent Taylor, plant manager for Sapa in Sidney, Ohio.
We believe our strengths in the Midwest are:
Sapa has a broad scope of operations in the Midwest. The Sidney plant is unique because it has no extrusion presses; it purchases its extrusions from other Sapa locations. This makes the plant a fabrication-only facility. Another unique feature is its customer base, which is focused on a limited number of large, market-leading industrial customers.
Most of the plant’s customers are household names like John Deere, Honda, Caterpillar, Stanley Black & Decker, and Tesla. This diverse and sophisticated customer base requires significant support and attention.
The Sidney plant also has stamping capability up to 600 tons and several high-tech assembly cells where finished products are put together and line-sequenced.
Connersville has the biggest capabilities in terms of width in Sapa’s operations in the Americas, with 22.5-inch maximum extrusion width. This has historically been a truck trailer plant, but its 14-inch press is perfect for custom shapes, where turning two or three shapes into one helps make the site a good candidate to serve the building and construction market.
After closing its extrusion plant in late 2012, the Monett facility now operates a casthouse only. The casthouse has raised its production of pounds per day from 430,000 in 2013 to 519,000 in 2015, which is a 21 percent increase.
In its early days, the Elkhart plant (pictured, above right) served local markets – largely powered by demand for recreational vehicle solutions – until 2008, when truck trailer components replaced RV parts. Today, Elkhart is one of Sapa’s premier automotive plants in the Americas.
The North Liberty plant also has a strong customer base, with several of its accounts leaders in their respective industries. These include Tracker Marine, Smokercraft, Kinedyne, National Recreation and Morgan Olson.
Sapa’s employees in the Midwest are socially engaged. The workers at Yankton support many organizations in the city and in several surrounding towns, including food pantries, children’s theaters and woman’s shelters, Boy Scouts and area sports organizations.
Facts about the United States:
Capital: Washington, D.C.
Highest point: Mount McKinley 6,168 meters
Population: 321.2 million
GDP: USD 17.4 trillion
Cost of a Big Mac: USD 4.79
Sapa operates three extrusion plants in Indiana, including here in Connersville.