While many Oklahoma manufacturers are dealing with a weak oil and gas economy, Glenpool’s Champaign Metals is celebrating a new business expansion. It’s an effort toward new levels of operational excellence for the family-owned business.
Champagne Metals is without question the fastest-growing aluminum processor in the country, President and CEO Michael Champagne tells the Tulsa World. The company takes big coils of aluminum and makes sheets that the company’s customers then use to manufacture products that include tankers used by the oil and gas industry, trucks used for grain or cattle, dry vans like the ones used by FedEX and UPS and pontoon boats. Champagne’s niche is in cutting and processing sheets 72 inches wide.
The Tulsa World reports the company is celebrating the 80,000-square-foot expansion of its facility in Middlebury, Indiana, located just east of South Bend, as well as introduce the piece of equipment that sets it apart from competitors in a major way — a machine with the ability to cut aluminum up to 111 inches wide.