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KAISER ALUMINUM'S LOS ANGELES EXTRUSIONS PLANT COMPLETES $11 MILLION UPGRADE; NOW FULLY OPERATIONAL

 KAISER ALUMINUM'S LOS ANGELES EXTRUSIONS PLANT
 COMPLETES $11 MILLION UPGRADE; NOW FULLY OPERATIONAL
 OAKLAND, Calif., April 21 /PRNewswire/ -- Kaiser Aluminum & Chemical Corp. announced that it has completed an $11 million modernization and expansion program at its Los Angeles soft-alloy extrusion plant. The plant, now fully operational, is designed to produce 90 million pounds of high-quality aluminum billet and 60 million pounds of extruded shapes annually.
 The key elements of the expansion include:
 -- the installation of a 4,000-ton extrusion press that can extrude shapes up to 14.5 inches in width...up to 60 feet in length...and, in weight, up to 17 pounds per foot, and
 -- the addition of a remelt and billet casting facility. The 4,000-ton press allows the plant to produce wider and heavier shapes for customers in major markets. These include transportation (truck, trailer, automotive, rail, and shipping), distribution, building and construction, and consumer durable goods, for which the plant extrudes a wide variety of shapes ranging from stereo and computer components to propellers for outboard motors.
 The remelt and casting facility allows the plant to recycle high- grade scrap and produce billet for its own use and for sale to others, and provides the flexibility to customize alloys quickly. The facility employs state-of-the-art technology to conserve energy and meet environmental needs. Equipment includes:
 -- two 70,000-pound-capacity melting furnaces,
 -- a 70,000-pound tilting holding furnace,
 -- a casting pit accommodating 60 logs,
 -- a 200,000-pound-capacity homogenizing furnace,
 -- sophisticated billet quality controls such as in-line de- gassing, ceramic foam filtration systems, and a laboratory housing computerized spectrographic analysis equipment.
 "The expansion of our Los Angeles plant underscores our commitment to our extruded products customers and demonstrates our total quality philosophy," said James T. Owen, vice president and general manager of Kaiser's extruded products business. "It builds on a similar expansion successfully completed at Sherman and another currently under way in Canada. Add to that our Tulsa aluminum and magnesium plant, and we have the geographical diversity, range of press sizes, and product mix to serve our customers with timely delivery of a large range of high-quality extruded products."
 The Los Angeles plant employs about 200 people and has 1,650- and 2,400-ton presses in addition to the new 4000-ton press.
 Kaiser Aluminum also has aluminum extrusion plants at Sherman, Texas, and Ontario, Canada. A fourth plant -- in Tulsa, Okla. -- produces magnesium and aluminum extrusions for the cathodic protection and automotive industries.
 Kaiser Aluminum & Chemical Corp. is the operating subsidiary of Kaiser Aluminum Corp. (NYSE: KLU), which is 87 percent owned by Houston-based MAXXAM Inc. (ASE: MXM).
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