The new anodizing line.

After a year of construction on a new 50,000 square foot expansion, Pries Enterprises has announced the opening of its new anodizing line in Independence, Iowa. Pries will now be a vertically integrated one stop shop for aluminum extrusions, anodizing and fabrication, the company says.

“Our new anodizing line will allow us to dramatically reduce our lead times for our customers,” said Pries Enterprises president Matt McMahon. “We will now be able to anodize over 25 million pounds of aluminum per year.”

The anodizing line is fully-automated and boasts 36 foot tanks – making it unique to not only Iowa, but also the entire Midwest, the company claims.

“With in-house anodizing, Pries will be able to guarantee extruded and anodized aluminum in just four weeks,” said McMahon. “Providing better lead times will help our customers reduce inventory and increase their cash flow. Also, anodizing in house allows us to control our quality and offer our customers even better service.”

Pries partnered with Joe Andrade of Andrade Anodize Consulting to help oversee the construction and startup of the new line. Operations are set to start this week. McMahon says the expansion will create around 40 new jobs, providing new opportunities for residents of Independence and surrounding areas.