When Brian McCallie's kids ask him what he does at Constellium, he tells them he puts metal through a colossal pasta press.
It's actually a cold rolling mill, and there's only one other like it in the U.S., but it's the same principle as a pasta press. As aluminum travels through the mill, it's thinned.
Constellium had gotten its money's worth out of its 1950s era mill — now, after five years, it has made appropriate updates to it. The company celebrated its modernized $9.5 million 144-inch cold rolling mill Monday, Nov. 8.