Metal-Era plans to expand plant in Waukesha

Metal-Era, a roof edge and ventilation system manufacturer, plans to add an addition of about 35,000 square feet to its 110,000-square-foot plant at 1600 Airline Road in Waukesha.

The company recently purchased the American Iron & Alloys building next door, which sits on a 6.8-acre site at 1700 Airport Road. Metal-Era bought the property for about $2.2 million from an affiliate of New Berlin-based James Luterbach Construction Co.

The acquisition of that property gives Metal-Era room to build an expansion onto its facility, said company president Tony Mallinger.

“We’re going to be planning an addition between the two buildings,” Mallinger said. “We’re extremely tight on space right now.”

Metal-Era recently added about $800,000 worth of new equipment and has added 15 to 20 employees since late last year, Mallinger said. The company leases about 10,000 square feet of space in Pewaukee.

“We want to bring everything back in house,” he said.

American Iron & Alloys will continue to occupy its building and will lease it from Metal-Era, Mallinger said.

“We’re not going to do anything with that building,” he said.

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