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Alexandria Industries’ CEO Tom Schabel Given Industry’s Highest Honor: Distinguished Service Award

By Business Wire News   


Tom Schabel, CEO,Alexandria Industries, received the highest honor from the Aluminum Extruders Council (AEC), the Distinguished Service Award, which recognizes a member who has shown exceptional dedication and service to the industry. In addition to his countless contributions, Schabel has been a member of the Council’s Board of Directors since 2005, and served as Council Chairman from 2009-2010.

Leaders recognize Schabel’s involvement in the industry. “He helped re-invent the Aluminum Extruders Council, taking it from a nice, traditional organization, to one that is aggressive, nimble, and most importantly, relevant,” said Rand Baldwin, president of the Aluminum Extruders Council. “Many agree he is a chief example of how to develop a culture of excellence, teamwork and giving back.”

Through Schabel’s leadership, the AEC brought to light significantly greater awareness of the industry’s innovations and opportunities. Most notably, he helped lead the AEC’s initiative with the U.S. Department of Commerce (DOC) to protect the industry from the illegal and unfair trade practices of Chinese aluminum extruders. As a result, the DOC established the Fair Trade Act, which imposes countervailing duties for specified Chinese extrusion imports.

With experience in the aluminum extrusion and precision machining industry since 1977, Schabel helped establish Alexandria Industries as a major provider of premier engineered products. Schabel brings the best out in people. He listens and works closely with people to develop innovations that help them stand out and make a difference in the world.

Schabel also believes in giving as much as he can to his local, regional and global communities. He serves on Boards for the Minnesota Chamber of Commerce and Enterprise Minnesota. He also sits on the Unity Foundation Board, an organization that promotes faith in the workplace.

About Alexandria Industries
Alexandria Industries, with ISO 9001:2008-certified facilities, is a privately held, high-quality, short lead-time producer of engineered products that meet customers’ exact specifications. From prototype development through final production, Alexandria Industries delivers customized aluminum extrusions, precision machining of ferrous and non-ferrous products, heatsinks, and plastic injection and foam molding components, as well as finishing, high-level assemblies and welding services. A single call to any of the Alexandria Industries companies provides access to the collective scope of services and products, simplifying supply chain management. Alexandria Industries is headquartered in Alexandria, Minn., with manufacturing locations in Minnesota, Indiana and Texas.

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Alexandria Industries
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