Sapa to Close Vancouver Extrusion Facility
January 6, 2011

Sapa Extrusions North America is closing its Vancouver, British Columbia, facility. A letter was sent to customers yesterday informing them of the closure, which is expected to take place around March 31. The letter notes that extrusion production in Vancouver will be transferred to the company’s Portland, Ore., facility. This announcement follows yesterday’s news that Sapa Profiles in Rosemont, Ill., acquired Arch Extrusion’s Miami facility.

The letter, which was signed by John Noordwijk, Sapa Extrusion’s general manager, West region, reads, “We realize that the Sapa Vancouver plant has developed and launched unique customer solutions in several markets despite low volumes and profitability. Sapa will continue to deliver exceptional service solutions, fabrication, anodizing and coating capabilities from its Portland facilities.”

Patrick Lawlor, business area president of Sapa Extrusions North America, is also quoted saying, “While this was a difficult decision and we realize that change is never easy for our employees or our customers, we are committed to upholding excellent customer relations and offering a wider range of products and services that is truly unique.”

At press time Sapa officials had not responded to™’s request for further comment.

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