Hydro Aluminum North America Offers New Online Catalog for Custom 1199 Window Extrusions

LINTHICUM, Md. - September 10, 2008 - Hydro Aluminum's Extrusion Americas unit unveiled a new online catalog of extruded parts used in the 1199 window. Manufacturers can order individual extrusions to build windows to fit non-traditional openings, which is critical for renovating older commercial buildings such as warehouses, condominiums and apartment buildings. The catalog is available at www.hydro.com/northamerica and by request on CD and in print.

Hydro's catalog features aluminum extrusions for slider windows and double-hung tilt windows, picture windows and casement designs, with drawings for each individual extrusion available to download in CAD and PDF formats. By simply picking and choosing needed parts, window manufacturers can assemble a custom window and have the materials delivered in two weeks or less. This shaves two to four weeks off of typical custom-order lead times.

"Window manufacturers have limited space to make their products," said Robert Kaplan, a Hydro North America representative. "Hydro is able to stock and release materials on demand, so these companies don't need to keep inventory sitting around. This enables small and mid-size manufacturers to compete."

Hydro Aluminum's Belton, S.C., facility fabricates the window components utilizing multiple extrusion presses.

The 1199 window design is one of the industry's most common double-hung aluminum windows manufactured for light commercial use and is manufactured by numerous companies using many of the same aluminum extrusion shapes.

About Hydro

Extrusion Americas is a unit of Norsk Hydro, a Fortune Global 500 supplier of aluminum and aluminum products. Based in Oslo, Norway, the company employs 25,000 in more than 30 countries, and has activities on six continents. Hydro is the world's third-largest aluminum supplier, the largest single manufacturer of primary metal and extruded aluminum products in Europe, and a leader in delivering innovative light metal solutions to the automotive and building industries worldwide.

In North America, Hydro provides aluminum solutions including supply sourcing, extrusion, finishing, and fabrication of components, as well as engineering and contract manufacturing services, for a variety of industries.



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