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Q What is Alpha?
A Alpha is an engineering and product development based manufacturer in Livonia, MI.  Owned and operated by the same family since its foundation, Alpha has been in business for over 52 years.
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Q How long has Alpha been around?  
A Alpha was founded in the late 1950s under the name Hi-Lock Fasteners, Inc., back when Alpha was primarily a high-volume manufacturer of such products.  Over the years, the company name has changed to reflect our changing capabilities.
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Q What is your product line?  
A As an engineering and product development based manufacturer, Alpha’s product line continues to change to meet customer requests.  Information about our product line can be found in our Products section.   
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Q Are you strictly automotive?  
A Absolutely not.  Like most Detroit manufacturers, Alpha began in the automotive industry, but we have diversified into a broad array of other industries, including military and government, agriculture, energy, and structures, just to name a few.  More information can be found in the Industries Served section.
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Q Are you a union shop?
A Alpha’s production workforce is represented by UAW Local 174, Walter P. Reuther’s home local.  We’ve enjoyed a great relationship with our employees and the union local for over 40 years.
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Q What are your shipping hours?  
A 6 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Mon-Fri.  Our steel receiving hours are from 6 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Mon-Thurs.  

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Q Do you make nuts or bolts?
A While Alpha does not currently manufacture nuts or bolts, we have established a great vendor base and regularly purchase and supply threaded fasteners for customers.  
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Q How many manufacturing facilities do you have?  
A One, located in Livonia, MI.
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Q What is your largest press size?
A 600 tons.
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Q What is your largest bed size?
A 120” x 54”.
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Q Do you have an FTP site?

A Yes. Alpha has several methods to satisfy your file transfer needs.  Please contact us for more information.
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Q What CAD formats do you use?
A Alpha is capable of working with AutoCAD 2009, UG, and CATIA IDEAS.
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Q What is your official name?   
A Officially, our name is Washers Inc. dba Alpha Stamping Co. However, we call ourselves Alpha.
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Q Are you an automotive supplier? How did the economic downturn affect your organization?  
A Yes, the automotive industry is one of the many industries we serve.  The economic downturn drove a lot of change through our organization.  It sped up waste elimination and leaned up our organization, but it also spurred a new sense of fight and vigor that is fueling our current growth.
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Q How can we get Alphatraz to play at our next event?  
A Contact team coordinator, Bob Stewart, to set up.
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Q What types of material do you work with?  
A Alpha works primarily with ferrous and non-ferrous metals.
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Q What are the smallest and largest products you manufacture?  
A Our smallest products are approximately a .250 inch (~6.00mm) wide by .010 (~0.25mm) thick.  Our largest product is a 6 foot fabricated header for the U.S. Military Humvee.