Northern States Metals/Solar FlexRack


When Northern States Metals, a Youngstown, Ohio-based manufacturer of extruded aluminum components, first delved into the renewable energy business, it may have appeared to some to be straying a bit far from its core business. But in reality it was leveraging its metals and engineering expertise to forge a new business segment. The bet paid off. With the significant adoption of PV solar in recent years, its renewable energy business now represents a major share of the company’s revenues.

Such innovation, vision and creativity have been key to the company’s success, CEO Tom Meola says.

Northern States Metals was founded in 1974 by Paul Cusson, and it is the manufacturer of the Solar FlexRack, the most innovative photovoltaic solar mounting solution on the market today, the company says. It provides racking to large commercial and utility scale solar power installations. 


Northern States Metals/Solar FlexRack