Kaiser Aluminum announced plans to add a billet casting and extrusion facility in Kalamazoo, Mich. The company will operate in about 435,000 square feet of space in the Midlink Business Park, which housed the former General Motors stamping plant. The new plant, on which Kaiser is spending more than $120 million, is part of an investment program to improve the capabilities and efficiency of rod, bar, seamless-extruded and drawn tube operations.

Kaiser, which has 11 plants in the U.S. and Canada and produces more than 500 million pounds of product per year, is planning on completing the project by late 2009. Customers to be serviced by Kalamazoo’s operation are primarily distributors who will sell the metal to machine shops, according to Kaiser.