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8 11, 2018

A Brief History of Aluminum Extrusions and How They Will Shape the Future

2018-11-08T21:23:09+00:00 November 8th, 2018|

Just look around you,aluminum extrusions are used in almost every facet of your daily life. From cars to office building structures, to the rail of a staircase, extruded aluminum is all around us. But what is the history of aluminum extrusions? How did this extrusion process start? How has it changed over time and how will it shape the future? Read on to find out.

Origins of extrusion process

Joseph Bramah, the father of aluminum extrusions. Image source

In 1797, Joseph Bramah patented the extrusion process which was first created for manufacturing lead pipes. His process involved preheating metal and manually forcing it through a die with a hand-driven plunger. This manually-powered process, known as ‘squirting’ at the time, was the standard until the invention of the first hydraulic press by Thomas Burr. By the late 19th century, the extrusion process was also used with brass and copper alloys; aluminum would come into the picture in the 20th century.

Aluminum and the extrusion process

First found in 1807, aluminum was not refined successfully until 1825. In the beginning, it was considered a precious metal and even more valuable than gold. At the end of the 19th century, the smelting process was invented by Charles Martin Hall and Paul Héroult which allowed for commercial production to develop.

Not until 1894 would aluminum be used for extrusion when Alexander Dick developed the hot extrusion process. The process allowed non-ferrous alloys to be extruded and the first aluminum extrusion press was in production by 1904. Immediately, the applications for aluminum in automotive and construction arose. Especially during the two world wars, the demand for extruded aluminum was high. After World War II, the process expanded into the growing residential housing market.

Since then, extruded aluminum has continued to grow in applications and is a part of almost every aspect of life. From subway cars to our own personal cars, construction to medical devices, the material has revolutionized the way we live.

How will aluminum shape the future?

Aluminum extrusion has continued to break new ground. The extrusion process has seen improvements in materials, and through the use of modern testing, expanding and implementing means they can shape the future. With the introduction of the computer, aluminum extrusions can be more precise and accurate, making safer and longer lasting products.

The U.S. aluminum industry is the largest in the world, producing 22 billion pounds of metal annually. Aluminum is resistant to corrosion, strong, lightweight, and recyclable which means it is ideal as the planet moves towards a ‘greener’ future. In order to compete with a globally competitive aluminum market, U.S. producers are seeking ways to reduce waste, lower costs, and enhance overall products.

Taber Extrusions wants to lead the way in extrusion development and be a part of its growth in the future. Taber offers a large variety of products and processes and does everything in its power to stay ahead of the curve, using the latest technology to create the best possible products. ‘Good products at low costs’ is what Taber tries to provide to its customers and they work hard every day to supply this with the best possible service.

To learn more about how we can be of service visit: http://taberextrusions.com/

For inquiries or quotes visit: http://taberextrusions.com/contact-us/

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

5 10, 2018

Cost Accountant

2018-10-05T16:47:57+00:00 October 5th, 2018|

The successful candidate will plan, collect and understand costs (direct and indirect) of business activities.

Duties & Responsibilities:

  • Analyzing manufacturing cost trends across all Taber facilities (initial focus Russellville)
  • Working with plant operations personnel to help them understand their costs and opportunities for efficiency/improvement
  • Performing analysis of customer and part/die level profitability using appropriate activity-based costing techniques
  • Providing feedback on the pricing of significant new business based on costing analysis
  • Establishing and monitoring standard costs for materials, labor and overhead based on bills of material
  • Working with Plex implementation team on cost accounting aspects of new system
  • Ensuring controls over the physical inventory and follow on costing process are in place and operating effectively
  • Other duties as assigned

Education:

4 year degree or higher in Accounting or Finance from an accredited university

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  • Read and understand work instructions
  • Utilize applicable work instructions and control plans
  • Demonstrate ability to complete all applicable paperwork associated with this job title
  • Demonstrate organizational and clerical skills

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

Job Type: Full-time

Experience:

  • Cost Accounting: 1 year (Preferred)

Education:

  • Bachelor’s (Required)

Location:

  • Russellville, AR (Preferred)

Work authorization:

  • United States (Required)
22 08, 2018

Materials Manager

2018-08-22T18:55:07+00:00 August 22nd, 2018|

The Materials Manager is responsible for managing all aspects of materials flow and maintaining control and accuracy of all inventories and raw materials receiving to ensure customer orders are fulfilled on time. Includes responsibility for all transactions, procurement, planning, scheduling and cost objectives. The successful candidate will:

  • Demonstrate a commitment to safety by applying a strong working knowledge of safety principles to anticipate and mitigate potential safety hazards.
  • Provide management, mentoring and training to the Material’s Team
  • Ensure all company policies and work rules are being followed and are administered fairly
  • Participate as a productive Team member in making cross- functional operational decisions
  • Leader in developing continuous improvement activities within Taber
  • Manage material flow and inventory transactions through the plant, providing delivery within delivery lead time goals.
  • Responsible for production scheduling, job status reporting & delivery forecasting
  • Responsible for all material inventory management (i.e. days on hand, number of turns, scrap control, finished good stock and safe storage of material etc.)
  • Responsible for part set-up and maintenance, including process routing, work center part rate, bill of materials and production reporting.
  • Produces all internal and external reporting on a periodic basis (i.e. raw material supplier score cards, on time delivery performance, shipping efficiency, shipping cost, material costs)
  • Collaborate with management group to prepare the materials budget, schedule, expenditures, analyze variances and initiate corrective actions
  • Analyze supply vs. demand to identify potential issues, develop and implement solutions and proactively communicate to all involved parties.
  • Determine reorder points and ensures that appropriate levels of inventory are maintained.
  • Supports ISO 9001 functions and ensures procedures are maintained and followed

Education and Experience

  • Integrated Supply Chain Management Degree and experience preferred
  • Strong Management and Team Building skills
  • Three years of progressive experience in professional Materials position(s) is desired
  • Minimum of three years Inventory Control experience preferred
  • APICS or CPM certification or willingness to obtain within the first year of employment
  • Advanced ERP system experience – PLEX preferred
  • Aluminum Extrusions background preferred

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Breakthrough Thinking – able to think outside the box
  • Self-starter initiator, key leader in the management team
  • Change Catalyst – able to see need for change and drive the change through
  • Holding People Accountable – able to empower others and hold accountable to deliverables
  • Team Commitment – strong work ethic and team work essential
  • Team Leadership – ability to motivate and drive improvement
  • Strong verbal & written communication
  • Strong financial acumen
  • Experience with financial budgeting within the Materials Department
  • Determines lead-time based on back order level and production capabilities
  • Lead inventory cycle counts & physical inventory on monthly/quarterly basis.
  • Participate in inventory reconciliation, identifies negative indicators, complete root cause analysis and lead close loop corrective actions

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

Job Type: Full-time

Experience:

  • Inventory Control: 3 years (Preferred)
  • Materials Management: 3 years (Preferred)
  • Aluminum Extrusions operations: 3 years (Preferred)

Education:

  • Bachelor’s (Preferred)

Location:

  • Russellville, AR (Preferred)

Work authorization:

  • United States (Required)

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25 06, 2018

Taber Extrusions, LLC. Metal Pricing Policy Update

2018-06-25T21:33:12+00:00 June 25th, 2018|

Due to ongoing pricing volatility in the overall metal market, Taber Extrusions, LLC of Russellville, Arkansas and Gulfport, Mississippi, is changing its metal pricing policy. Effective with Orders on and after April 16, 2018, and Shipments on and after May 1, 2018, all invoices will be updated to reflect the Prior Months Midwest Transaction Average at the time of shipment.

Company History: Taber Extrusions, LLC.

Taber Extrusions was founded in 1973, when the Taber family acquired an aluminum extrusion plant in Russellville, AR, from Dow Chemical (which had originally built the plant in 1970). National Material Company L.P. (NMLP) later purchased the company in 1976. The Arkansas facility was originally dedicated to the production of specific military related large, wide, and long extrusions for the U.S. Government, for which the company pioneered a process for extruding rectangular billet (or slab). The use of rectangular billet enables the company to extrude solid profiles up to 31 inches wide or hollows up to 29 inches.

In 1995, Taber expanded with the purchase of an extrusion facility in Gulfport, MS, which houses a cast house and two additional presses. Fabrication capabilities were added to the Russellville facility in 2014, which already houses the company’s large 8,600 MT press with three container sizes (a container for the extrusion of rectangular billet, as well as two round containers, a 16 inch and a 20 inch). The fabrication area has been expanded several times since it was constructed, with the addition of  B-800 series and Marvel band saws for precision cutting, horizontal and vertical machining centers, and coordinate measuring machine (CMM) for quality control.

To this day, the company continues to extrude billet in a wide range of alloys and sizes, including for the same military program, which remains one of the company’s biggest customers. However, Taber has diversified its markets since its inception to include aerospace, automotive, marine, and sporting goods, among many others. For these markets, the company supplies cast and extruded products in a variety of soft and hard alloys.  (Sourced from Light Metal Age Magazine)

Thank you for your continued support of Taber Extrusions, LLC. If you have any questions concerning this policy change please contact one of Taber’s Regional Sales Managers.

31 05, 2018

IN FOCUS: William Stout

2018-06-01T16:34:14+00:00 May 31st, 2018|

Your formal title at Taber

Regional Sales Manager

Your job duties & responsibilities

Building our customer base and partnerships with our customers. Finding and acquiring long term relationships for Taber.

How long have you been at Taber?

I have been with Taber 13 years

Where did you work prior to Taber; was it in the same industry or something totally different?

Prior to Taber I worked for International Extrusion and in the 10 years at International worked through all departments in the plant into outside sales.

When you’re not at work, what would we find you doing?

Spending time with our children and working on my classic cars

Hometown?

Midlothian TX

Family, children? 

My wife and I have 4 great children Tyler 18, Autumn 15, Kaylie 13 and Jessica 11

What would “your perfect day” consist of? 

Relaxing 80* watching the kids play sports or camping with no phone signal!!

What’s your favorite part about working for Taber so far?

I really enjoy being involved with our customers and the wide variety of parts we manufacture.

What sets Taber apart from other companies that deliver the exact same things?

There really is not another company that can do what we do here at Taber with the available press sizes and capabilities. In addition to our great customer service and support we try and offer our customers of all sizes from the 10k per year accounts to the million plus pound per year accounts, we try and make all of the understand we care about their company.

What do you hope to bring to Taber in terms of leadership and company culture?

I hope I bring a trust and integrity to the team and the customer base, I feel these are the most important factors in building great relationships internally and with our customer base.

If you weren’t working for Taber, what job would you probably have?

This would be a tough question to answer, I have been in the extrusion industry for more than half my life. I do love working on my classic automobiles so if I had unlimited funds most likely restoring classic cars.

What do you think the future holds for Taber?

I feel like we are making good investments as a company and hope to see continued growth as we continue to expand our capabilities.

30 04, 2018

Taber Extrusions Announces Micro-Extrusion Capabilities Via Lou-Rich Exact Manufacturing Purchase

2018-05-11T22:54:53+00:00 April 30th, 2018|

Taber Extrusions Announces Micro-Extrusions

Taber Extrusions of Russellville, Arkansas purchased the Exact Manufacturing division of Lou-Rich, Inc.  which will now expand Taber’s capabilities to include ultra-precision aluminum extrusions.

Aluminum ultra-precision extrusions are produced through a proprietary technique that delivers features, tolerances, and surface finishes previously believed to be impossible. This unique extrusion process continues to impress design engineers, offering an additional design alternative for the production of precision aluminum components. Industries most commonly using micro-extrusions include computer, electronics, aerospace, medical, industrial, and military.

“On behalf of Exact Manufacturing, I want to sincerely thank you for your business and patronage over the years, and wish you success in the future,” says Exact Manufacturing President Mike Larson, in a letter recently sent out to Exact Manufacturing’s current client base, asking them to direct all new purchase orders to Taber Extrusions, “The Exact Manufacturing division of Lou-Rich will continue fulfilling orders for Taber until a successful transfer of equipment and processes is assured.”

Taber is a highly regarded, full service provider of aluminum extrusions to many industries including aerospace, transportation, defense, power, etc.  They are also ISO 9001 and AS 9100 certified.  As a leader in the extrusion business, Taber is highly suited to provide the quality and service demanded by Exact’s customers.  With this acquisition, both Taber’s and Exact’s customers can expect to see increased supply opportunities with the expanded set of extrusion solutions, programs and services provided by Taber.

About Taber Extrusions

Founded in 1973, Taber Extrusions originally pioneered a process for extruding rectangular billet which enables the company to extrude solid profiles up to 31 inches wide or hollows up to 29 inches. Taber expanded with the purchase of an extrusion facility in Gulfport, MS., in 1995 which houses a cast house and two additional presses, and the fabrication area has been expanded multiple times. Taber continues to extrude billet in a wide range of alloys and sizes, and has diversified its markets beyond military since its inception to include aerospace, automotive, marine, infrastructure, and sporting goods, among many others. For these markets, the company supplies cast and extruded products in a variety of soft and hard alloys. Today, Taber Extrusions is proud to announce the launch expanded capabilities to include aluminum ultra-precision extrusions.

Thank you for your continued support of Taber Extrusions, LLC. If you have any questions please visit taberextrusionc.com or contact one of Taber’s Regional Sales Managers.

29 03, 2018

Beyond the Aluminum Extrusion – Full Service Aluminum Extrusion Company

2018-05-11T23:05:26+00:00 March 29th, 2018|

Taber Extrusions has extrusions in the name, but it’s really a full-service aluminum extrusion company. Taber controls it all, from the casting of the billet, the extrusion process, fabrication and finally the logistics..

We have a commitment to meeting and exceeding customer expectations by providing both products and service levels that are of the highest quality. This commitment is at the core of our operating philosophy.

For us, these unique capabilities are key. Our specialty is the manufacturing of complex and intricate extrusions which competitors consider difficult or even impossible. Our full range of extrusion presses, from 1800 and 3000 ton to our impressive large 8600 ton, give us unmatched flexibility and profile capabilities to meet our customer’s needs.

For example:  our 8600 ton press, one of the largest extrusion presses in the United States, has the capability to extrude both 16 and 20 inch round billets, and 10” x 28” rectangular billets with a maximum circle size of 31” and up to 140 lbs. per foot. With the ability to extrude large, intricate configurations, such as lightweight but strong one-piece extrusions, the customer can incorporate whole assemblies of small components into one extruded part.

As your full-service aluminum extrusion company partner, Taber will work alongside you to turn a concept into reality. Taber’s remarkable attention to the needs of the market position us to provide customized, versatile, high-quality extruded and fabricated products that can satisfy a wide range of applications.

7 03, 2018

Fabricated Aluminum Bikes are Stronger, Faster, Lighter

2018-05-11T23:03:56+00:00 March 7th, 2018|

Although aluminum is now the most prevalent material in biking these days, up until the 1980’s, most mountain bike frames were made of steel.

Slowly, the market demand for lighter, stronger, and rust-resistant bike frames coupled with advances in aluminum metallurgy led some manufacturers to make the switch. Soon, most steel-frame bikes had aluminum parts in the form of brakes, derailleurs, stems, lightweight wheels, handlebars, and seat posts.

It wasn’t long before most bike manufacturers switched entirely to aluminum!

Although both steel and carbon fiber have come a long way , aluminum bikes remain an enthusiast favorite.

In the modern era, advancements in alloying technologies are bringing aluminum bikes to new heights by amplifying their properties.

Weight:

Aluminum is the most widely available lightweight bike frame material. By comparison, steel bike frames have, on average, three times the weight of aluminum ones. Due to its naturally low weight, aluminum remains an ideal and affordable choice for racing and mountain bike frames.

Due to aluminum’s lower strength compared with steel, titanium, and carbon fiber, aluminum bike frame tubes often have thicker walls. Though this does not necessarily provide an advantage over other frame types, thicker-than-standard tubes can be used in aluminum bike frames without making them significantly heavier.

Carbon fiber, of course, has an edge on aluminum in terms of weight. But for a mountain biker, sometimes a little weight is a good thing.

Downhill racers often prefer aluminum over other materials. The additional weight and formability properties allow the rider to maintain the proper inertia to keep the bike steady and to maintain control at high speeds. Weighted aluminum frames make it easier to find the sweet spot.

Price:

Aluminum is a widely used material and is infinitely recyclable, so its price compared to other materials is very competitive.

Well-rounded, lightweight, and affordable, aluminum bike frames are the ideal choice for both beginner and expert-level mountain bikers.

Plus, aluminum is not prone to rust, unlike steel-framed bikes. This resistance makes aluminum a lasting and low-maintenance choice for mountain bikers and other riders who often expose their bikes to harsh elements.

Rigidity:

For trail and downhill riders, the somewhat flexible, forgiving nature of alloyed frames help provide comfort during extremely bumpy terrain or at high speeds.

Alloys Used in Mountain Bikes:

2xxx series: 2xxx series alloys are not usually used for frames. They are easily welded and heat-treatable, but are more suitable for use in components such as bars, seatposts and stems – parts that usually have less butting. Alloy types you will likely encounter are 2011, 2014 and 2024.

6xxx series: 6xxx series alloys are intermediate strength aluminum alloys. In general, they are weaker than either a 2xxx or 7xxx series alloy, but are more easily forged, machined, welded, and formed. You will find them usually in lower cost aluminum alloy frames. 6061, 6063 and 6082.

7xxx series: Most commonly found in the aerospace industry, 7xxx series aluminum alloys are an incredibly high strength alloy that exhibits great resistance to the outdoor elements. The most durable of all bike frames are made from this series’ alloys.

15 02, 2018

Maintenance Mechanic

2018-02-15T22:17:42+00:00 February 15th, 2018|

Job Description

The Maintenance Mechanic repairs and maintains machinery and mechanical equipment such as engines, motors, pneumatic tools, conveyor systems, and production machines and equipment by performing the following duties:

Responsibilities and Duties

  • Observes mechanical devices in operation and listens to their sounds to locate causes of trouble.
  • Dismantles devices to gain access to and remove defective parts.
  • Examines from and texture of parts to detect imperfections.
  • Inspects used parts to determine changes in dimensional requirements.
  • Adjusts functional parts of devices and control instruments
  • Repairs or replaces defective parts
  • Installs special functional and structural parts in devices
  • Lubricates and cleans parts
  • Starts devices to test their performance.
  • Sets up and operates lathe, drill press, grinder, and other metalworking tools to make and repair part.
  • Initiates purchase order for parts and machines
  • Repairs electrical equipment.
  • Follows safe work procedures.
  • Other duties may be assigned

Qualifications and Skills

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

EDUCATION and/or EXPERIENCE: 

High school education or equivalent and three to five years related experience or training.

Benefits

Medical, Dental, Vision, 401K, Vacation, Paid Holidays, Life Insurance, Short & Long Term Disability, Legal Plan

Job Type: Full-time

Required experience:

Maintenance Mechanic: 3 years

Required education:

High school or equivalent

Job Location:

Russellville, AR

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

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29 01, 2018

IN FOCUS: Jason Weber

2018-01-29T17:21:06+00:00 January 29th, 2018|

Your formal title at Taber

VP Sales and Marketing

Your job duties & responsibilities

Sales and Marketing. I’m excited to build upon the incredible industry reputation of Taber as we forge onward.

How long have you been at Taber?

My first day with Taber was December 4th, so I am just over two months of service.

Where did you work prior to Taber; was it in the same industry or something totally different?

The summer before my senior year of college I worked 12 hour shifts on a large press for the aluminum extruder Alumax in Yankton, South Dakota.  My fascination with the aluminum industry quickly grew into a passion for this industry, and I returned to Alumax after graduation as a sales trainee.   22 years and multiple acquisitions later I found myself a Director at the company now known as Hydro Extrusions, and I was ready for a new challenge.

When you’re not at work, what would we find you doing?

I started running in 2012 and now try to fit in one or two 1/2 marathons each year.  Both of our boys love baseball, so during baseball season you will typically catch us at the ball fields.  

Hometown?

I come from a long line of Webers around Lesterville, South Dakota. It’s a small town of about 150 people in the southeast part of South Dakota that actually feels more like a big family than a municipality.  Everyone gathers together on Sunday nights in the summer to watch town team baseball.

Family, children? 

I met my wife Joni when we were in 5th grade and after many years of friendship and courtship we tied the knot in 1993.  We have two boys – Chris (18) a freshman at University of Kansas, and Max (13) a 7th grader at Monticello Trails Middle School in Shawnee, Kansas.  We also have two precocious and very devoted Cavaliers, Oscar and Oliver.  

What would “your perfect day” consist of? 

My wife and I love to travel and explore, so any day exploring somewhere new with her is a perfect day.

What’s your favorite part about working for Taber so far?

I have an appreciation for any company that hasn’t forgotten its roots.  As I have gotten to know the great people that make this company run I can see why that is.  

What sets Taber apart from other companies that deliver the exact same things?

Quality.  Taber’s ability to deliver complex specification in a efficient and timely manner.

What do you hope to bring to Taber in terms of leadership and company culture?

I want to support the Taber team as we continue delivering quality products to our current customers while expanding into new markets.  Always doing the right things for the right reasons, while hopefully not taking myself too seriously ;-)

If you weren’t working for Taber, what job would you probably have?

Well I do love to travel, so I would probably have become an airline pilot.

What do you think the future holds for Taber?

The sky (or maybe space) is the limit for Taber. This company has truly unique capabilities within the aluminum extrusion industry, which was why I was so excited to join.  It is my professional opinion our future success will only be limited by our imaginations in determining how to deliver on our customers needs.

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