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ALPOLIC hires a graduate of the program it helped create
ALPOLIC hires a graduate of the program it helped create
October 8, 2019
From here, go to work in advanced manufacturing Meet 19-year-old Dylan Starowicz who landed a competitive full-time job with benefits just weeks after high school graduation.If you look at the fronts of McDonalds or Starbucks or even the student centers on Tidewater Community College’s campuses, you’ll see Alpolic®, a composite material that adds color and dimension and, of course, coverage to each building.TCC graduate Dylan Starowicz is at work on the lamination line for Alpolic®, manufactured by Mitsubishi Chemical America in Chesapeake.At 19 years old, he is earning a competitive full-time salary with benefits. Starowicz earned his Career Studies Certificate in Mechatronics at
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MCA Plans Expansion of Chesapeake, VA Manufacturing Facility
MCA Plans Expansion of Chesapeake, VA Manufacturing Facility
July 2, 2019
CHESAPEAKE, Va., July 1, 2019-- Mitsubishi Chemical America, Inc. (MCA), a leader in metal composite material (MCM) manufacturing, today announced plans to enlarge its ALPOLIC® production facility located in Chesapeake, Va. Once complete, the expansion will add approximately 40,000 square feet to the company's current plant footprint."Our plant was built in 1991, and fortunately, our business has grown significantly over the years. As part of our strategic plan, adding to our capabilities is critical for continued growth," said MCA President and CEO Bill Yannetti.Yannetti said the nearly $5 million investment will increase the company's storage, shipping and receiving capabilities.
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MCA Launches New PIGMENTO® Finishes for its ALPOLIC® Metal Composite Material
MCA Launches New PIGMENTO® Finishes for its ALPOLIC® Metal Composite Material
June 5, 2019
(CHESAPEAKE, Va) June 4, 2019 – Mitsubishi Chemical America, Inc., a leader in metal composite material (MCM) manufacturing, is proud to introduce its new “PIGMENTO® Series” finishes for its well-known ALPOLIC® MCM product line. The announcement arises from the company’s long-term relationship with VMZINC® from VM Building Solutions, a pioneer in modern manufacturing. The PIGMENTO® Series expands the company’s QUARTZ-ZINC® MCM offering to now include red, blue, brown, grey and orange colors in addition to the original unfinished, natural metal QUARTZ-ZINC®.With PIGMENTO®, the surface of QUARTZ-ZINC® coil is glazed with mineral color pigments to produce rich, earthy hues. The visible
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How to specify ACM
Specifying MCM
April 2, 2019
Writing a specification can be difficult. Trying to interpret one can sometimes be harder. Even when starting with an in-house template or using a “canned” spec from a manufacturer, there are often questions or trouble areas that pop up with regularity. To help bridge the gap between what specifiers are asking and what contractors are interpreting, Jim Moses, technical services manager for Chesapeake, Va.-based Mitsubishi Chemical America, maker of ALPOLIC metal composite materials (MCM), offers the following most common specification pitfalls as well as suggested ways to avoid them. 1. HOW MUCH INFORMATION DO YOU NEED ABOUT PAINT? The problem: Paint is
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Need Continuing Education Credits?
Need Continuing Education Credits?
March 11, 2019
Visitors to the ALPOLIC website can now request a specific AIA Continuing Education presentation through our redesigned Lunch & Learn page.  We’ve streamlined the choices, provided additional information about each course offered, including overviews that can now be downloaded directly from the page.  We invite you to visit the new page and select one, two or all three courses to be presented in a free, casual, non-sales atmosphere at your chosen location.  Just click on the link to request yours today.
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SoJo Station shows how transit-oriented developments can best meet community’s needs
SoJo Station shows how transit-oriented developments can best meet community’s needs
February 1, 2019
Located in South Jordan, Utah, SoJo Station is the first and only transit-oriented development (TOD) of its kind in the state, and is quickly becoming the gold standard for how TODs should be created at both the state and country level as a way to best meet the needs of companies, employees and communities alike.The $60 million SoJo Station is a two-phase project. The first phase is a six-story office building and 1,034-stall parking garage, which was completed in June 2017, and phase two is a second six-story office building, additional 845-stall parking garage and reconfigured bus drop-off/pick-up area, expected
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How Metal Composite Materials Brought New Life to the Denver Skyline
How Metal Composite Materials Brought New Life to the Denver Skyline
January 10, 2019
Home to seven federal agencies, the Cesar E. Chavez Memorial Building, situated in the Golden Triangle neighborhood of Denver, Colorado, provides important services to the area and acts as a landmark to the region. Originally built in 1984, the decades of use began to show on the building’s exterior and the interior demanded technological upgrades as well. The US General Services Administration (GSA), owners of the building, were faced with the challenge of modernization and creating innovative opportunities to advance the sustainability of the building while also limiting the disruption to business operations. The contract was awarded to GE Johnson
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City of Chesapeake Launches National Manufacturing Week
City of Chesapeake Launches National Manufacturing Week
October 15, 2018
When Tidewater Community College decided to expand its curriculum to include mechatronics three years ago, it reached out to local industry professionals. ALPOLIC® helped to create a tailored program to address needs in manufacturing and provide local high school students a leg up in their careers by contributing to a scholarship fund for the Dual Enrollment Program. This month, the City of Chesapeake continued that commitment to the region's manufacturing enterprise by declaring the second week in October "Manufacturing Week in Chesapeake."ALPOLIC® is proud of our support to our local community and wishes the best to the first cohort of
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5 Reasons Metal Wall Panels are a Smart Choice
5 Reasons Metal Wall Panels are a Smart Choice
September 20, 2018
As architects seek more variety and sustainable building materials, metal wall panels made from recycled aluminum offer a solution. When it comes to green—and versatile—options, ALPOLIC®, the world’s leading manufacturer of aluminum and metal composite materials manufactured from up to 50% recycled materials, is leading the way.Produced by Mitsubishi Chemical America, ALPOLIC® Materials is helping engineers and architects create better, more beautiful buildings. Jim Moses, technical services manager at ALPOLIC®, points to the Maricopa County Sherriff’s Office Headquarters in Phoenix, which used a majority of metal composite material with a natural zinc finish, as one key example where an architect had a grand idea
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Tiny House
Tiny house highlights ALPOLIC® 's versatility
August 10, 2018
For the 2018 AIA Convention and Trade Show, Building, Design + Construction magazine debuted its Design Showcase exhibit—a one-of-a-kind tiny house, representing the “Workplace of the Future.” This unique structure, designed and constructed by Tiny House Northeast saw more than 1000 visitors during the two-day trade show, which was held in New York in June.As the exterior sponsor, ALPOLIC® turned to Metal Design Systems (MDS) in Cedar Rapids, Iowa to come up with a way to fabricate its Timber Series metal composite material —finished in Walnut— for this unique venture. Unlike most ALPOLIC® projects,  the tiny house required an install capable of staying in place while the structure it was
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Tivoli House
A 3,000-Square-Foot Floral Bouquet
May 31, 2018
...The 2,700-square-foot four-bedroom home is built to Los Angeles’ strict green building standards. McNall’s “smile part” is the 3,000-square-foot floral-shaped façade that adorns the structure’s public-facing sides. This paean to flower power is a structural wonder that showcases his love of architecture, art, and design.The façade is composed of aluminum composite material (ACM), a stiff, light, and long-lasting composite metal panel that is offset 9 inches from the house’s stuccoed and glazed inner wall. The gap permits a lighting system to backlight the floral lattice after dark. The floral screen was “a really interesting design challenge because the flowers have
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Voxman Music Building
Metal Composite Materials Engineer Sound and Inspire Bold Designs
May 18, 2018
High vaulted ceilings are a challenge to acoustical engineers looking to control, direct and amplify sounds to create a dynamic listening experience. LMN Architects approached the design for the new Voxman Music Building at the University of Iowa with an acute understanding of the construction limitations. They needed lightweight, yet rigid material that could be fabricated and hung in the open space in order to provide the right acoustics, integrate in the lighting and fire safety systems, and provide an inspiring experience true to their bold vision.Metal composite material proved to be the perfect solution for this complex problem. In partnership with
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