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Midwest

Chicago Extruded Metals Co.

its position in the market. "We have
a unique advantage as a United States
domestic brass and bronze mill,"
Jones says. "We focus on niche markets, niche products and niche needs
where specialty offerings provide value to our customers."
Keeping a close eye on the market
and forecasting the future needs of
the segments it serves is the other
part of CXM's equation for success,
Jones says. "We evaluate where we
think the market opportunities will
lie," he says. "We're building off of existing experience. It's really about listening to the voice of the customer."
CXM's position as a domestic producer of various alloys also is a significant advantage, Jones says. In fact,
the company is the only producer of
extruded aluminum-bronze alloys
in the United States, Jones says. Clients prefer a domestic provider of the
product because supply chain risks
are reduced, lead times are shortened
and material traceability is enhanced,
he says. "There's a lot of obstacles
associated with overseas sources," Jones says. Conversely, a client
knows it can communicate with CXM
to address any need with a product
shipment, he says.
CXM uses materials garnered from
a variety of sources to manufacture its
products. "We have a number of vehicles for raw materials, which include
the companies we supply," Jones says.
Specifically, clients often return to
CXM the remnants from machining
of the brass rods, shapes, bar and wire
production projects. As a result, no
materials are wasted.

Innovative Approach
CXM does not limit itself to manufacturing alloys. Instead, its R&D
team continually seeks solutions for
a changing market. In 2014, for exam54

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cxm's r&d team continually
seeks solutions for the
changing marketplace.

ple, the company developed a family
of non-leaded brass alloys, known as
BioBrass®, that possess superior performance and properties compared to
existing market offerings, Jones says.
"Registering a new alloy and bringing
the unique attributes of BioBrass® to
our customers is exciting," he says.
The company developed the alloy in response to the Reductions of
Lead in Drinking Water Act, which
prohibits the use of lead in potable
water systems, Jones says. Consequently, there was a demand for a

replacement alloy that was lead-free
and met the same high standards for
high-speed machining.
The non-leaded alloys maintain the
features long associated with leaded
brasses and can be produced in various sizes and shapes to meet the needs
of various customers. BioBrass® is intended to replace free-cutting brass in
potable water applications. The alloy
is fabricated into cold-finished rod,
bar and shape extrusions and manufactured to machine consistently,
Jones says. mt


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