10From the United States: Using POLCA to Eliminate Material Flow Chaos in an Aluminum Extrusion Operation

Guest authors: Jeff Cypher and Todd Carlson

Located in Alexandria, Minnesota, Alexandria Industries (AI) started its operations in 1966 by providing a local boat manufacturer with lineal aluminum extrusions. Shortly after that, another Minnesota company needed precision-machined components. AI stepped up to the challenge, which resulted in AI being one of the first aluminum extrusion companies to have machining as part of its core capabilities. AI continued to develop a vertically integrated structure to align with its customers’ needs, including growth through strategic acquisitions based on customer requirements. In addition to its aluminum ...

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