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Chicago Extruded Metals Co.
www.cxm.com / Headquarters: Cicero, Ill. / Employees: 125 / Dave Jones, director of sales
and marketing: "We're well diversified with our product capabilities and market niche offerings."

Midwest

in addition to its focus on
niche markets, cxm's success
comes from forecasting
future needs of clients.

Heavy Metal

chicago extruded metals co. seeks expansion
within the red metals market. by bob rakow
The metals industry is experiencing a number of challenges, but
Chicago Extruded Metals (CXM) Co.
remains a competitive player in the
marketplace by taking an aggressive
approach to cultivating new business
and developing superior solutions.
"We are expanding on a foundation
of strength of our technical capabilities," says Dave Jones, director of
sales and marketing.
CXM has defined the quality standard for extruded brass rod, bar and
wire and has evolved to become a
leading manufacturer of extruded
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brass, bronzes and specialty alloy
shapes. The Cicero, Ill.-based company certainly is not new to the market.
CXM was founded in 1923 and was
family owned until 2003 when it was
purchased by private investors.
CXM counts among its more than
250 North American clients numerous
Tier 1 suppliers in the precision machine industry. Those suppliers have
relationships with OEMs in a variety
of industries including aerospace, oil
and gas, automotive, plumbing and
fittings. The company's products are
utilized in a number of applications

including the security products industry, electrical components, fittings, valves, medical instruments,
precision machined components,
building and architectural products,
HVAC components and many others.

Drive to Diversify
Jones says CXM must seek new market opportunities. "We are taking action to diversify and find new niches
that can benefit from our superior
quality and specialty solutions," he
says. That goal is not always easy to
achieve, but CXM's decision to add
experienced resources to its team is
one way the company is striving to
stay ahead of the competition, Jones
explains. "We're well diversified with
our product capabilities and market
niche offerings."
Additionally, CXM understands


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