Array Technologies, a utility-scale solar tracking solutions provider, reinforces its 10-year partnership with Extruded Aluminum Corporation (EAC) with an investment that will expand Array’s U.S. manufacturing footprint with additional aluminum extrusion capacity. EAC, based in Belding, Michigan, manufactures multiple extrusion profiles that are recyclable and contain recycled aluminum within its extrusions, including structural fastening clamps.
“Our relationship with EAC enhances our industry-leading capability to source in excess of 85% domestic content, the highest percentage in our sector,” said Kevin Hostetler, CEO of Array. “This strategic alliance not only elevates the dependability of our supply chain but also offers our customers a reduced risk profile. By focusing on proven U.S. manufacturers like EAC, we can enhance on-time delivery and exceptional quality, supporting our clients in meeting stringent
Inflation Reduction Act (IRA) requirements.”
Array is investing $35 million in EAC’s aluminum extrusion operation, which will add 180,000 sq ft to its existing facility and the addition of one of the largest aluminum presses in Michigan. The new press will expand the aluminum extrusion possibilities for EAC’s customers, including Array’s products. Once operational, the expansion is expected to add 35 to 40 new local jobs. EAC is actively working toward an ISO 14001 registration, which recognizes companies implementing environmentally-friendly practices.
“We are excited to fortify our long-term partnership with Array Technologies,” said Charlie Hall, CEO of EAC. “Our alignment in sustainable business practices, as well as our contribution to Array’s ever-strengthening U.S. supply chain, reflects our shared goals of industry leadership and commitment to renewable energy.” said Gary Bennett, Array’s chief procurement officer. “In a time when supply chain resilience is crucial, our collaboration with EAC is not just a win for sustainability and quality, but also a significant commitment to Michigan’s economy. We are proud to be fortifying our U.S.-based supply chain, benefiting our customers and contributing to a more self-reliant renewable energy sector.”
According to a press release, Array’s domestic supply chain is capable of producing trackers with more than 85% of U.S.-sourced materials for projects to meet domestic content requirements in the IRA.
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