Everyone Benefits When Industry Recycles Aluminum

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Based in the greater Dallas area, Western Extrusions manufactures superior quality aluminum extrusions for sale to a wide range of industries, including construction. The company takes pride in the fact that it recycles all of the internal scrap from its production facilities. In addition, Western Extrusions goes on to repurchase the reprocessed aluminum for use as raw materials for its products.

Aluminum is 100 percent recyclable, making it among the most in-demand sustainable metals. It is even among the few materials that can pay for its own recycling based on the added value it delivers. Recycling aluminum saves money and uses far less energy than does creating new supplies of aluminum directly from raw materials extracted from the earth. Some experts estimate that each ton of recycled aluminum translates into 10 cubic yards less waste deposited in a landfill.

In past generations, people valued aluminum even more highly than they did silver and gold, due to its relative scarcity. In fact, towards the close of the 19th century, the newly constructed Washington Monument was capped with several pounds of aluminum. Today’s manufacturers continue to value this versatile metal, understanding that their actions in recycling and upcycling it are of significant benefit to the public, their individual industries, and the planet.


Extruded Aluminum – Ideal for Mission-Critical Space Mission Uses

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Emphasizing responsive client service, Western Extrusions maintains a fabrication facility able to meet client needs in areas spanning vehicles, stadium seating, and construction equipment. Western Extrusions employs several presses in providing high-quality extruded products from aluminum alloy.

The benefits of extruded aluminum parts and components, which have been forced through a die at high temperature, involve superior ductility, strength, and conductivity, as well as non-magnetic properties. Extruded aluminum tubing has had an integral role in Boeing Company’s creation of a 400,000-pound aluminum truss structure that houses the International Space Station (ISS).

Over the past 18 years, numerous ISS component assemblies have taken place in space. These activities have included setting up outboard truss sections made of extruded aluminum. These are employed in housing power generation modules, which are fed by solar arrays. A key reason for the selection of extruded aluminum sections is their ease of machinability. Additionally, a subsequent anodizing process provides superior protection from the elements. These outstanding mechanical properties make extruded parts ideal for mission-critical operations in which failure is not an option.

Momentous Institute Discusses “Love and Wisdom in a Time of Stress”

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In Carrollton, Texas, Western Extrusions manufactures aluminum – from the extrusion process through to delivery. Its facility, which in 1979 covered only 49,000 square feet, has now grown to 750,000 square feet. With the goal of sharing this success with its community, Western Extrusions extends its support to charitable organizations such as Momentous Institute.

Momentous Institute was established in 1920 and since that time has been providing educational and therapeutic services to children. With the support of private individuals and community leaders, the organization was able to establish two lab schools and train 5,000 professionals in trauma-informed care.

One of the organization’s training events, “Love & Wisdom in a Time of Stress,” will discuss the topic of ‘mindfulness’ and its implications to parenting and education. The session will be conducted by Jon Kabat-Zinn, Ph.D., founder of the Stress Reduction Clinic at the University of Massachusetts Medical School. Dr. Elissa Epel, from University of California San Francisco’s Department of Psychiatry, will also be joining the training session.

“Love & Wisdom in a Time of Stress” will be held on March 28, 2017.