Pries Opens New 36-foot Wide Anodizing Line in Iowa
The anodizing line is fully automated and boasts 36-foot tanks, which Pries says will be able to guarantee extruded and anodized aluminum in just four weeks.
After a year of construction on a new 50,000-square-foot expansion, Pries Enterprises in Independence, Iowa, has opened its new anodizing line for aluminum extrusions, anodizing and fabrication. The expansion will open several new doors for the company and its customers.
“Our new anodizing line will allow us to dramatically reduce our lead times for our customers,” says Matt McMahon, president. “We will now be able to anodize over 25 million pounds of aluminum per year.”
The anodizing line is fully automated and boasts 36-foot tanks. McMahon says Pries will be able to guarantee extruded and anodized aluminum in just four weeks.
Pries partnered with Andrade Anodize Consulting to help oversee the construction and startup of the new line. McMahon says the expansion will create around 40 new jobs, providing new opportunities for residents of Independence and the surrounding areas.
With its new anodizing line, Pries will offer 34-foot length capabilities, conventional sulfuric Type II anodize coatings, acid and conventional caustic etches, clear and architectural bronze coatings up to Class I, bronze colors ranging from champagne to black, and AAMA 611-compliant Class I and Class II coatings.
Pries Enterprises is a family-owned aluminum extrusion manufacturer that started in 1976. Visit priesenterprises.com.
Many industries that require innovative solutions in cost reduction and weight savings are turning to aluminum as a substitute for stainless steel and other carbon steel alloys for parts and components.
This important first step can help prepare the metal for subsequent surface finishing.
Anodizing for pre-prep bonding bridges the gap between the metallic and composite worlds, as it provides a superior surface in many applications on aluminum components for bonding to these composites.