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American Excelsior Expands Florence, Alabama-Rice Lake Wisconsin Plants

02/19/2018
To help increase production and storage space, American Excelsior will add a new 31,250 square-foot facility at its plant in Florence, Alabama. In addition, more than 150 storage trailers are being used at their Rice Lake, Wisconsin and Norwalk, Ohio plants.

The new production methods include increasing their staff by 20% at their Rice Lake, Wisconsin manufacturing plant, as well as adding new capability methods to make a variety of rolled erosion products at their Norwalk, Ohio and Florence, Alabama plants. In addition, all erosion processes are now running two shifts along with added overtime hours.

According to company officials, demand for excelsior products multiplied when another producer of excelsior suffered a major fire last year. Through creativity, engineering resources and the addition of production personnel, American Excelsior has continued to satisfy the needs of their customers as it has for 130 years.

Kurt Kelsey, Earth Science Division Director, said, When the added demand hit us, we knew we could not let our customers down and quickly called upon our internal resources to make things happen. The fact that our fiber output increased by over 37% last quarter confirms that our associates are stepping up to the challenges of meeting market demands."

"Curlex brand excelsior erosion control products have been the number one choice of most federal, state and local agencies to help control erosion and sediment. Many of them will not accept substitutions because of the unmatched unique features, benefits, and performance capabilities of the naturally seed-free curled and barbed aspen excelsior fibers,” he added.

The company has also secured seasoned wood from other parts of the northern forests to ensure their wood supply is capable of the strong demand. During the past months their supply of Aspen wood has more than doubled over the previous year.

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