Nanshan eyes Jan output for
new Indiana casthouse
Louisville, Kentucky—The new 300 million
lb/year casthouse under construction
at Nanshan America Advanced Aluminum
Technologies’ Lafayette, Indiana, aluminum
extrusion plant should be in production in
January, and the company is starting to take
orders for business, a company official said
on October 21.
The casthouse “not only will feed our
presses, but we’ll be entertaining third-party
business for both extrusions and billet,” Eric
Angermeier, general manager, said in an
Referring to the casthouse, Angermeier
said Nanshan “expects to have hot metal in a
furnace in December. We’re hoping to be in
production and commissioning equipment in
The plant’s two extrusion presses — a
9,200 ton billet press and a 5,000 ton press —
are in “full production,” according to Angermeier.
He said first-year business at the plant has been
good, and 2014 looks even better.
The 2013 startup has been “surprisingly
smooth,” he said. “Things are coming in. I
know this is kind of the period when things
are a little slow, but we’re talking to
companies about contractual business for
The $175 million, 600,000 square foot
plant makes high-end aluminum extrusions
used in the mass transportation, automotive,
distribution, industrial and power sectors.
The plant has about 100 employees and
that number is expected to roughly double by
the end of 2014, Angermeier said.
— Bob Matyi