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Building a “Green Field” Extrusion Plant in the 21st Century

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Building a “Green Field” Extrusion Plant in the 21st Century

Franco Libera, Presezzi Extrusion, and Chip Dollins, Service Center Metals


ABSTRACT --- This paper presents the story of a new extrusion company: their purchase,
construction, and start-up of a new “green field” extrusion plant. It details the important
equipment selections and philosophy behind the major decisions. It also describes some
of the problems of building a plant from the ground up, starting with a new team of
workers, and bringing it to full production capacity. The manufacturing plant building and
offices were constructed in 2003, near Richmond, Virginia. Technical and operating staff
were hired early in 2003 and trained as the plant was constructed and placed in service.
Extrusion equipment was delivered and installed during the third quarter of 2003, and
reached full production in the fourth quarter.

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