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29 05, 2018

Taber’s Growing Fabrication and Machining Capabilities

2018-06-26T16:27:16+00:00 May 29th, 2018|

For decades, the aluminum extrusion experts, Taber Extrusions, have served customers in a wide variety of industries. New technological advancements and emerging industries inspired Taber Extrusions to upgrade and increase their facilities and capabilities, allowing the company to meet the needs of a larger customer base.

The new fabrication facility at Taber’s Russellville, Arkansas location features CNC (computer numerical control) machining. The move to CNC machining allows more precision and control over machine operations resulting in improved product quality.

Taber has added several new pieces of equipment to the new facility including the Haas VF-7, the Emmegi Satellite XT, the HMC500, and the ZIESS CMM. The new facility also houses precision saws that increase cutting precision and decreases scrap material.  The B&O B-800 series and the Marvel Band Saw are featured.

With the new fabrication and machining capabilities, Taber Extrusions has the ability to meet the needs of customers in industries that require the most cutting-edge technology, such as electric vehicles for individual and mass transportation.

15 05, 2018

Hard and Soft Alloys for Aerospace and Firearms

2018-05-22T17:21:02+00:00 May 15th, 2018|

Inside Taber Extrusion’s new state-of-the-art casthouse, aluminum billets are cast and extruded into a wide range of shapes and sizes.  Taber offers the full range of aluminum alloys, including, hard, soft, marine, and armor grade, a unique capability in the industry.

Taber’s capabilities allow the company to serve several industries, including aerospace and firearms. The hard alloys that are created are ideal for these industries due to their high strength and corrosion resistance.

Taber serves both relatively small and large firearm manufacturers, establishing unique profiles for each customer. Customers have the option of requesting custom shapes with unique specifications or purchasing from  Taber’s existing inventory.

To highlight some of the company’s services: Taber offers custom extrusions to be used in the manufacturing of AR-15 variant rifles.  The aluminum alloys used for these shapes are the same as those used in military grade jets. Taber can provide both oversized extrusions as well as shapated that are as small as 1 millimeter for manufacturing firearms.

Taber’s resumé includes service to all the major aerospace manufacturers in the U.S. The extruded shapes provided by Taber are used for important components of aerospace vehicles, including the fuselage/pressure cabin, seat/cargo tracks, lower and upper horizontal stabilization, and upper and lower wing skin/spars/stringers.  Another unique service offered by Taber, that is applicable to the aerospace industry, is large press, hard alloy extrusions.

With unique capabilities and decades of experience, Taber is the go-to company for all of your extrusion needs.

Contact Taber today: (888)-985-0763.

17 12, 2017

Fabrication Manager

2017-12-17T14:30:37+00:00 December 17th, 2017|

Job Description:

The Fabrication Manager will provide leadership to Taber’s Fabrication organization as well as the implementation of processes, systems, and lean manufacturing. 

Responsibilities:

  • Lead and Implement lean practices & principals within the Fabrication group.
  • Responsible for the overall staff management of the Fabrication group including scheduling, training & development.
  • Reinforce Taber Extrusion’s culture of safety
  • Develop and incorporate production metrics for the Fabrication group as well as provide insights to management and other functional areas.
  • Maintain the annual Fabrication budget, assist with budget preparation and understand the balance sheet for The Fabrication group.
  • Drive improved efficiency, utilization and cost reductions through the implementation of lean manufacturing principles. Ensure a culture of continuous improvement within the Fabrication group.
  • Provide continual technical support and training to the Taber sales team on fabrication opportunities.
  • Program, troubleshoot and maintain multiple types of CNC machining centers. Ensure machines are optimized.  Determine appropriate product mix for machines and make recommendations on equipment related matters.
  • Perform fabrication quoting and maintain necessary recordkeeping

 

Requirements:

  • BS in Engineering related field
  • Proven record of successful fabrication management, technical abilities, and personal leadership.
  • A minimum of 5 years in a direct supervisory or management role; leading and mentoring teams, managing multiple shifts, etc.
  • Direct experience with aluminum fabrication including CNC machines and other value added processes.
  • Application of root cause corrective action tools
  • Lean Six Sigma Experience, Six Sigma Black Belt certification a plus.

 

Critical Knowledge, Skills & Abilities

  • Understanding of machine tooling and specifications
  • Demonstrate a strong attention to detail.
  • Demonstrate solid communication skills, both written and verbal.
  • Strong knowledge of Microsoft Office, including Excel, Word & Outlook.
  • Advanced Excel skills required (ex. Pivot Tables, V-Lookups, etc.).
  • Analytical & detail oriented.

Ability to manage multiple projects in a fast-past, deadline-oriented environment.

Taber Extrusions, LLC is an Equal Opportunity Employer EEO-M/F/D/V and encourages Diverse Candidates to Apply

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22 08, 2017

How Buying from a Minority Supplier Impacts Local Communities

2017-08-29T17:04:00+00:00 August 22nd, 2017|

Thousands of thoughts come between the moment an idea is born and the day that same idea is brought to fruition, and an overwhelming majority of those thoughts will center around one simple question—will this make an impact on the world?

Taber Extrusions is already known for our unwavering commitment to consistently meeting and exceeding customer expectations by providing both products and service of the highest quality, but one of the often overlooked aspects of what strengthens Taber Extrusions as an aluminum extrusion company is the economic growth and impact it makes on local communities by being a Minority Supplier and a Certified Minority Business Enterprise (MBE.)

Why partner with a certified minority supplier?

  • Certification ensures minority eligibility is established through screenings, interviews and site visits.
  • Better quality products, services, and solutions as a result of a diverse supply base.
  • Showcases the company’s support of the economic growth of all communities.
  • Demonstrates a commitment to new thinking & ideas.

The importance of buying from a minority supplier and the impact it makes on local communities is not just limited to aluminum extrusion companies. According to a 2014 study by the National Minority Supplier Development Council, MBE suppliers have a total economic impact of over $400 billion dollars in output that results in the creation of and/or preservation of more than 2.2 million jobs held by persons who find themselves either directly or indirectly employed certified MBEs.”

That means that more than 2.25 million jobs and over $400 BILLION dollars can be used to build, sustain, and directly benefit families and their respective local communities.

Buying from a minority supplier and MBE Certified company such as Taber Extrusions will ultimately lead to the hiring of additional people from the MBE community in order to keep up with the demand generated and can even lead to the creation of a wider range of products and services, which will inevitably create even more jobs. Moreover, by doing so, more people have income which they will use to purchase goods and services for their households and families which will ultimately enrich and feed the economy on a broader scale.

Allan Bennett, Taber Extrusions VP of Sales & Marketing, was recently quoted expanding on this conversation in a blog found here, and was quoted as saying “As a MBE supplier of aluminum extrusions, we’ve found that successful strategic partnerships increase our range of products, services, and capabilities.”

Being a minority supplier is important for all industries not just an Aluminum Extrusion company like Taber Extrusions. We are endlessly proud of the quality of work we provide as well as the economic impact we make by being a minority supplier and as a certified minority business enterprise.

Click here to learn more about Taber Extrusions and our commitment to excellence.

Sources:

1) http://www.nmsdc.org/mbes/what-is-an-mbe/

2) http://www.nmsdc.org/wp-content/uploads/Economic_Impact_Report_FINAL.pdf

3) http://taberextrusions.com/taber-extrusions-is-a-proud-mbe-supplier-of-aluminum-extrusions/

10 08, 2017

The Aluminum Extrusion Company Powered by Ambition

2017-08-29T17:03:01+00:00 August 10th, 2017|

In 1973, Taber Extrusions pioneered the extrusion of large, heavy and wide complex shapes to differentiate itself in the aluminum extrusion industry. Today, Taber Extrusions continues its tradition of breaking boundaries as an aluminum extrusion company that is a leader in the production of a range of quality aluminum extrusions sizes and shapes. The name “Taber Extrusions” has been synonymous with innovation, service and quality.

… but Taber is much more than a leading aluminum extrusion company. Taber is a company powered by heart, conscience, and deep ambition. Taber understands that employees are customers, too.

Taber exerts just as much effort in attracting, engaging, and retaining their employees as they do for their customers. Promoting a philosophy of “group achievement” has always been a primary focus, and this approach makes for longtime careers.  Meet forklift operator Arthur McCann, employed by Taber’s Gulfport, Mississippi facility for over 40 years.

“I began working at Taber on June 4th, 1976…. and I’ve only missed one day of work.” If you’d like to know what in the world caused Arthur to miss one day of work in 40 years, watch his video:

 

“I’ve received a great welcome.” Says Eric Angermeier, who joined the Taber team as President in early 2017, and spent over 20 years in the aluminum industry establishing senior level leadership roles including sales and operations management at multiple plant sites in the United States. “They are truly responsive to ideas, and willing to help me learn the business here at Taber,” he says. “With Taber being truly unique in the aluminum extrusion industry because of the large press extrusion sizes while offering both hard and soft alloys; we are able to offer what no one else can. That is exciting.” Read a recent article on Eric Angermeier from Taber’s quarterly newsletter, “The Shape of Things.”

When an entire aluminum extrusion company focuses on consistent delivery, exceptional service, dependability, and innovation, mutual rewarding is the result. Michael McDonald is the Co-Plant Manager for Taber’s Russellville, Arkansas location. 13 years ago, Mike applied to Taber as a temp, and was hired on full time within a few months. “The future for Taber isn’t written yet, but I see a very long and prosperous one. Taber has had a very big impact on the industry in its 44 years. We are continuing in our research of new technology and the possibilities of applying that technology or technique to our unique capabilities, so I think as long as we continue with what has made us successful, and continue to improve those areas, the sky is the limit for Taber Extrusions.” Read more about Michael McDonald.

Lisa Passmore, Inside Sales & Supply Chain Specialist at Taber adds, “I am proud to say I work for Taber Extrusions…when I say ‘Taber Team’, that is truly who we are – A group of people with unique strengths and skill sets working together toward a common vision.  My coworkers are the best!”

An aluminum extrusion company that possesses a compelling history often inspire an extraordinary kind of commitment amongst its workers. It is this very dedication that leads to a strong and successful corporate legacy.  Plant Engineering Manager at Taber Gulfport, Allan Sewell sums it all up in this bit of advice: “Be as well rounded as possible, be willing to put in a lot of hours, and look for opportunities to grow your company and your role within it.”

If you are interested in having Taber Extrusions as your full service partner or would like more information on Taber in general, give us a call at 888-985-5332.

You can also acquire details on Taber’s MBE supplier for aluminum extrusions status and commitment to creating diverse partnerships by visiting the MBE supplier for aluminum extrusions page of our website.

Interested in becoming a part of the Taber Team?  Submit your resume to careers@taberextrusions.com.

17 07, 2017

Taber Extrusions is a Proud MBE Supplier of Aluminum Extrusions

2017-07-26T17:46:00+00:00 July 17th, 2017|

mbe supplier of aluminum extrusions

“Supplier diversity isn’t just about maintaining a positive value proposition” says Allan Bennett, Taber Extrusions VP of Sales & Marketing. “As a MBE supplier of aluminum extrusions, we’ve found that successful strategic partnerships increase our range of products, services, and capabilities – not to mention strengthening Taber’s quality control and ability to be responsive to our customer’s changing needs and demographics going into the future.”

In the late ‘60’s the Civil Rights Movement sparked the beginnings of supplier diversity. In the early 70’s, federal legislation was passed to ensure that minority-owned businesses were not excluded from the opportunity to bid on government projects and large corporate projects which supplied the government with products and services.

To protect the integrity of the new U.S. supplier diversity legislation, The NMSDC (The National Minority Supplier Development Council) was formed during the early 1970’s as a 3rd party whose function was to certify businesses as Minority Business Enterprises to reduce incidents of misrepresentation. Since then, many other national organizations have come into being to address the needs of other affinity groups.

Ultimately, whether it’s being an MBE supplier for aluminum extrusions, steel, or transformer cores, the reality is this: to compete, there must be a willingness to evolve and grow in a way that reflects the population at large. In fact, research shows that companies that embrace diversity are more profitable than companies that don’t.

If you would like more information on Taber’s MBE supplier for aluminum extrusions status, or our commitment to creating diverse partnerships, please visit the MBE supplier for aluminum extrusions page of our website, or give us a call at 888-985-5332.

mbe supplier of aluminum extrusions

Minority businesses must be at least 51% minority-owned operated and controlled. For the purposes of NMSDC’s program, a minority group member is an individual who is at least 25% Asian, Black, Hispanic or Native American. Minority eligibility is established via a combination of screenings, interviews and site visits. Ownership, in the case of a publicly-owned business, means that at least 51% of the stock is owned by one or more minority group members.

The National Minority Supplier Development Council creates opportunities for Minority Business Enterprises to connect to the hundreds of corporate members who wish to build relationships with trusted minority-owned companies, like Taber.

 

13 06, 2017

The Lightweight Revolution and Lightweight Aluminum

2017-07-26T17:47:10+00:00 June 13th, 2017|

“Sometimes in life, you will find that you must let things go simply because they are heavy.” Of course, we are talking about the metal, steel, and aluminum market. We’re editors for an aluminum extrusion company, after all – so our primary interest is focusing on lightweight aluminum and where lightweight aluminum alloys stand in regard to the lightweight revolution that has infiltrated virtually every industry involving buildings, infrastructure systems, technology and transportation over recent years.

Everything is becoming lighter. Planes, trains, automobiles, and even Apples. (We know which Apples.) The reason for “lightweighting” is obvious: lower costs, smaller carbon footprint, stronger, more robust and corrosion-resistant products, and the big one… better fuel economy.  So how does lightweight aluminum fit into the picture? What are the “aluminum alloys to be reckoned with?” Are we going to find these super strong lightweight aluminum alloys in everyday items like bridges or automobiles?

Nope. Unless you’re an astronaut. Aerospace is where you’ll find 2XXX and 7XXX alloys. Military applications are a distant second. And not even a speck in the rearview mirror? Auto.

For more interesting tidbits like this, lightweight aluminum extrusion news, and Taber culture, visit the blog section of our website – or if you are interested in contacting us directly please e-mail info@taberextrusions.com or call us at 888-985-4913.

2XXX and 7XXX are the name of the game when it comes to “strong and light.” 2XXX alloys are aluminum-copper. Adding lithium to the mix creates an even higher strength alloy – AA2195 is one example. You’ll find these in Boeing airplanes and SpaceX rockets… but not in automobiles… lithium is expensive. Which is why 7000 series alloys are being considered for the automotive sector, but may not be as lightweight as the lithium-containing 2000 series alloys. (A glimpse of perspective: The only mass-produced aluminum is beverage cans, and that is 3XXX for the body and 5XXX for the top/lid.) The challenge to be met regarding 7XXX for automotive use is formability. 7XXX series alloys really like to remain flat, and testing techniques such as high temperature forming are expensive and slow. A rough comparison: 1 day of auto production = 1 year of airplane production.

Currently the strongest lightweight aluminum alloys are going to be found in low volume applications only. “Warm forming” of 2XXX and 7XXX can be found in aerospace and not automotive because the slower manufacturing process combined with the extra expense of alloying and energy (heating the metal and/or the tooling) are relatively low in aircraft manufacturing.   This process has a significantly higher percentage of total costs when it comes to manufacturing an automobile.  So, friends, it’s going to be a while until we see 7XXX in cars, and due to its expense, 2XXX will likely remain an aluminum alloy that stays in the sky.

Aluminum alloyed with anything after it on the periodic table will be heavier than pure aluminum. Aluminum alloyed with anything before it will be lighter. The further before, the greater lightweighting. Which is why Al-Li (lithium) are the lightest aluminum alloys.

A very special thank you to Daniel J. Schaeffler, Ph.D., President and CEO of Engineering Quality Solutions, for lending your thoughts, opinions, and pun ideas to our blogs.

15 05, 2017

Extruded Aluminum in High Demand, Expected to Grow, Says Market Reports

2017-07-26T17:48:05+00:00 May 15th, 2017|

extruded aluminum

According to a recent compilation from Research and Markets supported by a variety of other reports, extruded aluminum are on the upswing, which is great news for the aluminum industry. The primary force behind the projected growth is the automotive sector – in which aluminum –extruded products are desirable in the manufacturing of light-weight, high-strength products.

“The global market for extruded aluminum is projected to grow from USD 34.48 billion in 2016 to reach USD 47.61 billion by 2021, at an estimated CAGR of 6.67%.” Says the recent report. In addition to the auto industry, “the market for aluminum-extruded products is also being driven by the growing demand in industries such as construction, aerospace & defense, and mass transport in both, developed and developing countries.”

However, the quickest growing segment of extruded aluminum products are the mill-finished products. Their high performance in extreme conditions makes mill-finished products favorable in machinery and equipment, construction, and automotive.

For more aluminum extrusion news, interesting stories, and Taber culture, visit the blog section of our website – or if you are interested in contacting us directly please e-mail info@taberextrusions.com or call us at 888-985-4913.

2 05, 2017

Spotlight – Eric Angermeier

2017-09-11T16:49:56+00:00 May 2nd, 2017|

Has anyone gotten to know the new President of Taber yet? Maybe you’ve had a polite exchange, correspondence through e-mail, or even sat down with him in a meeting. But if you’re lucky, you’re sipping your coffee right now, and can afford yourself a few minutes to kick back and get to know a thing or two about Mr. Eric Angermeier.

He’s an authentic Midwesterner with the family values and hard-working attitude to match. Ask him what his perfect day would consist of, Angermeier may just straighten his back, raise his voice a bit, and say, “Seeing success and progress. Working with engaged teams. Getting that big order.” Strong career focus and building victory is something that keeps his personal attention. Yet, when he does leave the office, you may find him doing some yard work, playing golf, or spending some relaxing time with his family.

Originally from the Detroit, Michigan area, Eric entered his academic career as an accounting major and earned BS in Business Administration, then became a Certified Lean Manager from Ohio State University. Since then, he’s accumulated roughly 30 years of collective experience in the aluminum and aluminum extrusion industry and gained a rich background in developing team-based organizations. He established himself in various senior level leadership roles including sales and operations management at multiple plant sites in the United States. Prior to coming to Taber, Angermeier held the role of President at Manufacturing Performance Improvement Systems Consulting, utilizing his strong established background in operations, sales, and finance.

It’s safe to say that the President of Taber Extrusions is bringing some added wisdom to the team. Grandfatherly wisdom, as well – Eric is a Grandfather, a Dad, and a Husband whom loves nothing more than having the family under one roof whenever possible (or around one lake.) When the gift-of-getaway happens, Angermeier’s favorite destinations are mostly here in the U.S., and maybe a tropical beach or a Canadian lake, with family.

On-point with that instilled Midwest social responsibility, Eric Angermeier is a recent member of the Economic Development Council and Indiana Chamber of Commerce. Spent time on the board of The Center of Excellence at Ohio State, and is active in The United Way. He is looking for opportunities to get involved in civic affairs in the Russellville, Arkansas and Gulfport, Mississippi areas. It’s clear that Angermeier has the mindset of a catalyst, and he has his sights set on a very bright future for Taber, “Our vision is to develop our culture of integrity, to leverage our unique capabilities to continue to foster business growth, to be the preferred employer and supplier for the extrusion industry, to continually lower our environmental footprint, and to reach this vision through the newly developing Taber Extrusions Production System.”

 

 

What impresses Eric Angermeier most about the folks at Taber? “I’ve received a great welcome. They are truly responsive to ideas, and willing to help me learn the business here at Taber,” he says. “With Taber being truly unique in the aluminum extrusion industry because of the large press extrusion sizes while offering both hard and soft alloys; we are able to offer what no one else can. That is exciting.” And speaking of exciting, when asked what he might have done with his life if the aluminum industry had never become a part of it, he responded, “Renting out jet skis or para-sailing rides… or, well…. probably teaching business courses.” Welcome to the club, Eric Angermeier!

29 03, 2017

Extruding Process 101: Learn About Extrusions With Our Latest Video

2017-03-29T17:34:16+00:00 March 29th, 2017|

Are you looking for a simple, efficient way to help customers understand the extruding process? Maybe you have a few employees who need a refresher? Well, your friends at Taber Extrusions have put together this fun animated video to explain, “What Is An Extrusion?”. We hope it can be a helpful resource for our colleagues and clients alike who want to describe the extruding process to others. You can watch by clicking the play button above, or by visiting our YouTube channel!

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