Published Thu, Jan 26, 2012 8:07 am Dateline
A new $46 million aluminum stretcher is up and running at Constellium Rolled Products' plant in Ravenswood.
Constellium commissioned the stretcher Wednesday.
The Ravenswood plant produces aluminum plate for aerospace and defense markets, and coil products for transportation, marine and industrial uses. It is Jackson County's largest employer, with nearly 1,000 workers.
Company officials say the stretcher reduces internal stresses in the metal created by other steps in the manufacturing process.
Constellium Global Aerospace Division president Christophe Villemin says the stretcher will enable the company to build trust with its customers and show that the plant is ready for the next step.