ARLINGTON, Va. – The Aluminum Association announced the addition of two new member companies, Aluminicaste and Walbridge. Aluminicaste joined as a producer member while Walbridge joined as an associate member. This brings total company membership in the Association to 98, consisting of 50 producer members and 48 associate members.

Located in central Mexico, Aluminicaste produces a wide range of soft and hard aluminum alloys for use in the extrusion, rolling and forging processes. The firm specializes in producing alloyed billet and slab to accommodate specific customer equipment needs. Alumimicaste’s business philosophy is to develop the highest quality product from an infinitely recyclable material that allows others to transform ideas into value.

Walbridge was founded in 1916 in Detroit, MI and has grown to become one of America’s largest privately owned construction companies. The firm, ranked No. 1 in auto manufacturing construction by Engineering News-Record, also has leading expertise in aluminum and specialty metal plant construction and equipment installation. Recent aluminum experience has been for such notable producers such as Kaiser, Alcoa, Novelis and Nichols Aluminum.

"Aluminicaste and Walbridge represent the scope and diversity of the modern aluminum industry," said Heidi Brock, President and CEO of the Aluminum Association. "From construction for expanded manufacturing, to products that serve a variety of markets — aluminum is a key element of the nation’s economy."

Strong, low-weight and infinitely recyclable, aluminum is a material uniquely suited to meet the needs and challenges of the 21st century. From boosting vehicle fuel economy to green building to sustainable packaging, aluminum is well-positioned in U.S. and global markets. According to a recent study by economic research firm John Dunham & Associates, the U.S. aluminum industry directly and indirectly supports 672,000 jobs and $152 billion in economic output, nearly one percent of Gross Domestic Product.

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