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.
The company has expanded multiple times to meet the demand of aluminum extrusions. The last expansion in 2021 added 37K square feet to the building, along with the purchase of a state-of-the-art extrusion press with the entire extrusion line.
Iowa Aluminum is consistently looking for ways to enhance processes and flow to improve efficiencies to meet customers’ demands.
Iowa Aluminum, Inc. specializes in extrusions that most other aluminum companies shy away from, including small orders and light wall shapes. Extrusion capabilities include solids, hollows, semi-hollows, heat sinks to service the industrial, construction, automotive and electronic industries.
The Iowa Aluminum’s Fabrication Department offers precision cutting, punching, forming, mitering, dual mitering, staking, drilling, tapping, countersinking, CNC machining, deburring, and tumble deburring. The automatic cut-off saw can hold tolerances of +/-.005″ on cut lengths down to one-half inch.
Special packaging is available on products that require special and extra care to assure that customers’ products will arrive at their plant in excellent condition. Iowa Aluminum provides shipments on the company’s truck and on common carriers that have been approved for hauling aluminum extrusions with quality in mind.
Outside processing is available to include, painting, anodizing, polishing and brush finishing by suppliers whose finishing processes have been surveyed and approved by the Quality Department.
If you need an aluminum extruder/supplier, give us a call at 1.641.932.7410 and find out how we can help.