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Atlas Pressed Metals Expansion Project Will Briefly Affect Production

DUBOIS, PA - As Atlas Pressed Metals continues its manufacturing expansion project in DuBois, PA, plans to move the main electrical transformer will render the plant without electricity during first shift Monday, Aug. 27.

Production for that shift will be run this weekend so as not to affect on-time delivery, according to Chris Sconzo, plant manager. However, personnel including management, purchasing and planning, will not be available by phone or email during the short shutdown.

"As a note to customers, please reach out to your account manager by phone only during first shift Monday with any immediate needs. Account managers (sales) will not have access to email on Monday, but will be available by phone,” Sconzo said.

The powdered metal components manufacturing plant is undertaking a 45,000-square-foot addition, which will bring the facility to 100,000 square feet. The new addition fronts Beaver Drive in the Beaver Meadow Industrial Park, and is adjacent to the most recent addition, approximate 8,500 square feet that was built in 2015, according to Jude Pfingstler, President of Atlas Pressed Metals. As with the recent addition, the new addition will also have a 20-foot under beam clearance, allowing for installation of larger tonnage presses.

Hallstrom Construction of DuBois was selected to build the project, which is Phase I of a multi-phase capital investment into the property to address the current growth strategy at Atlas, Pfingstler explained. Future phases will go on to bring in the equipment and staffing for the added space, he said, which is all being driven by current and projected business in the appliance, automotive, lawn and garden, recreational vehicle, industrial equipment and electric motors markets.

“New equipment for the addition will enable Atlas to grow our capacity in multi-level and higher tonnage equipment,” Pfingstler said. "Equipment tonnage is a reference to the press equipment used to manufacture powdered metal components, and the higher the tonnage of press the larger parts that can be manufactured, Pfingstler noted. Multi-level presses reflect the equipment’s ability to manufacture more complex componentry", he said.

The project is ahead of schedule with the current outlook to have the building completed by late October.