Tom Schabel, Chief Executive Officer
With experience in the aluminum extrusion and precision machining industry since 1977, Tom Schabel, CEO and owner, helped pioneer the vision to serve customers globally as a premier supplier of engineered products. “It is with great pride that we are able to unite Alexandria Extrusion Company, Alexandria Precision Machining, Alexandria Plastics, Alexandria Finishing, Alexandria Extrusion South and Alexandria Extrusion MidAmerica, as one entity called Alexandria Industries,” said Schabel. “Over the last few years we have listened to our customers who were looking for us to expand our processes and offerings to them. With the development of this strategic plan executed by the company and its board of directors, we have prepared ourselves to grow and continue to expand as we listen to and better understand the collective voice of our customers.”
As a constant supporter of the company’s Quick Response Manufacturing journey, Schabel stated, “For us, it is all about the relentless pursuit of reducing lead time, which drives out waste and cost for our customers.” Hiring the best person for the job, giving them the right tools and then getting out of their way and allowing them to innovate and satisfy the customer is Schabel’s philosophy. “For years it has been evident to me and certainly to our customers that we are an organization where our people are truly making a difference,” said Schabel.
Schabel believes in giving back to his community, to the aluminum extrusion industry and to the world. His tireless efforts are evidenced by his commitment to the Aluminum Extruders Council Board, where he served for 8 years. Schabel is actively involved on the Board for Enterprise Minnesota, the Unity Foundation, an organization that promotes faith in the workplace in the Alexandria, Minn., area and beyond, and the NorthStar Christian Academy.
Chief Executive Officer
“We work from the premise of Demand Innovation and we use this mantra as the internal motivator for our employees. Our goal is to achieve superior services, create invaluable relationships with our customers, and live beyond the status quo, where creativity is a necessary in the rapidly changing markets we serve. My hope is that our Demand Innovation philosophy is evident to the customer each day and that creating new innovations and solutions becomes mutual within the supplier/customer partnership.” - Tom Schabel, Alexandria Industries