Canadian Advanced Manufacturer Will Expand Lane County Operations in Coburg

In late 2013, Canadian aluminum manufacturer APEL Extrusions, Inc., decided to expand its Lane County operations in a former RV plant in Coburg rather than move outside the state of Oregon.

"Keeping a growing advanced manufacturer such as APEL here in Oregon means more high paying jobs for Lane County residents," said Business Oregon Director Tim McCabe at the time. "APEL's decision to stay in Lane County and invest in Coburg is further proof of Oregon's global competitiveness especially when it comes to manufacturing."

The Canadian aluminum extruder was the first manufacturer to move into a portion of the former Monaco Coach recreational vehicle manufacturing complex in Coburg.

"We are delighted in the support and assistance provided to us by both the state of Oregon and the people of Lane County," said company president Mike Flynn. "This support and the outstanding local workforce were instrumental in our decision to maintain and to grow our business in Oregon. Ultimately, our decision will result in APEL investing an additional $12 million dollars in the state and adding 25 good paying jobs—thank you Oregon!"

Business Oregon provided the company with a $100,000 forgivable loan to help finance the expansion and move. In addition, Lane County provided $100,000 in economic development assistance for the expansion project.

In fall 2015, APEL purchased its 110,000-square-foot building providing a permanent place in Oregon to make and shape aluminum using its 2,000- and 3,000-metric-ton press machines.