Citing an increased demand for automotive aluminium, UACJ subsidiary UACJ Automotive Whitehall Industries (UWH) is planning a US$3.3-million expansion at its Paducah, Kentucky, facility.
The plant, which produces precision aluminium parts for automotive applications, came under UACJ’s roof after being purchased last year. It will undergo a 56,000-ft2 expansion to make room for new machining centers, robotics and additional fabrication equipment. The expansion is expected to be complete by the middle of next summer. The plant is also expecting to augment its 140-person workforce with an additional fifty employees.
“UACJ Automotive Whitehall Industries is growing quickly, and this latest project underscores the strength of Kentucky’s advanced manufacturing industry,” said Kentucky’s Governor Matt Bevin (R). “The demand for Kentucky-made products is increasing, and UACJ’s decision to continue investing in Kentucky will position its McCracken County plant for current and future success.”
UWH’s vice president of operations at UWH North America Steve Gray noted the rising demand for lighter, more fuel-efficient vehicles as propelling the rising demand of automotive aluminium.
“UWH has a solid reputation for being able to produce precision aluminum parts and assemblies for the automotive industry. The combination of UWH’s capabilities and the significantly increased demand has created the need for additional fabrication capacity,” said Gray. “The Kentucky and Paducah workforce has been a very positive impact on UWH’s continued success and growth over the past three years. This, coupled with the generous incentives offered by the State of Kentucky and the City of Paducah made it a great option for our expansion.”
The plant in question began life in late 2013 as a facility belonging to SRS Industries of Michigan. Its purchase by UACJ aligned it with one of the world’s biggest aluminium suppliers. UACJ, which supplies its customers with aluminium rolled products, extrusions, foil, castings, and forgings, is also a partner with Europe’s Constellium in an aluminium plant in Bowling Green.