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Jupiter Aluminum Corporation
www.jupiteraluminum.com / Revenue: $300 million / HQ: Des Plaines, Ill. / Employees: 400 /
Paul-Henri Chevalier, president: "A business is a true human adventure."

Midwest

For The Long Haul

jupiter aluminum credits its employees, customers
and vendors for 25 years of success. by chris kelsch

jupiter aluminum operates
from three plants in indiana
and virginia, all of which focus
on continuous improvement.

When Dietrich Gross founded
Jupiter Aluminum 25 years ago, it
wasn't the first time he had struck
out on his own. He had already started Mercury Stainless Corporation in
the 1970s, which grew from a personal investment to one of the largest
privately owned stainless steel companies in America.
When he founded Jupiter Aluminum in 1992, it was on the remains of a
bankrupted company. His vision was
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to become a recognized player in the
American aluminum market, with a
product of high value.
"The objective at the time was to
revive the company," Gross recalls.
"We wanted to work with the various
teams to grow in the market it had
served for years."
At its founding, the company's volume did not exceed 2 million pounds
per month. Fast-forward to today, and
Jupiter Aluminum has grown to 10

times that capacity, and the arrow is
still pointing up.
Dietrich Gross, CEO of Jupiter
Aluminum, recalls the company's
early days as "very humble with old
and limited equipment. Like in a
start-up, everyone had to pitch in
above and beyond their respective
roles. The buildings were in a bad
shape, windows were missing and
the power lines unpredictable. It
took several years, a lot of money and


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