Mike Lawrence Sr. owned and operated an extrusion tooling company, L & S Tools since 1964 and along with his son, Mike Lawrence, Jr., decided there was a need for an aluminum extrusion company to accommodate local business concerns that needed an aluminum extruder to handle their needs.
Mike Lawrence Jr. founded Iowa Aluminum, Inc. in 2001 with a 6-inch diameter extrusion press and a handful of employees. The demand for aluminum extrusions increased to a point where it was necessary to expand the business in 2006. An additional 40,000 sq. ft. building was constructed and a 1450 ton, 6-inch diameter extrusion press, heat treat oven, an automated billet saw, gas billet heater, and fabrication machinery were purchased to meet the demand of local businesses.
Currently, the company operates two state-of-the art presses/extrusion lines; 1) 1850 ton, 7-inch diameter press and 2) 2600 ton, 9-inch diameter press.