Atlas Pressed Metals started construction on a 45,000-square-foot addition to its powdered-metal-component manufacturing plant in DuBois, Pa. The expansion, which is scheduled to be completed in October, will bring the facility to 100,000 square feet and allow for installation of larger-tonnage presses. Atlas’ on-site powdered-metal capabilities include sinter-hardening, machining, inspection and materials testing.

According to Atlas, new equipment for the addition will enable the company to grow capacity in multi-level and higher-tonnage equipment. Equipment tonnage is a reference to the press equipment used to manufacture powdered-metal components. Larger parts can be manufactured with higher-tonnage presses.

The project is Phase I of a multi-phase capital investment into the property to address the current growth strategy at Atlas. Future phases will include new equipment installation and staffing for the added space. The investment is being driven by current and projected business in the appliance, automotive, lawn and garden, recreational vehicle and industrial equipment markets.