15 11, 2017

Meet the New Taber Extrusions | Aluminum Extrusion Company

2017-11-15T18:10:42+00:00 November 15th, 2017|

Since 1973, Taber Extrusions LLC has pioneered the extrusion of large, heavy and wide complex shapes to differentiate itself in the aluminum extrusion industry. Since its inception, the brand name Taber Extrusions has been synonymous with innovation, service and quality—all of which serve to make Taber Extrusions the premiere Aluminum Extrusion company. All of our extrusions have, and will continue to be engineered, manufactured and tested in the United States. Taber Extrusions maintains its headquarters at the Russellville, Arkansas facility, with a regional sales office at its Gulfport, Mississippi facility.

Today, Taber Extrusions continues to expand upon its operations and capabilities to retain the cutting-edge service that the company is known for and the aluminum extrusion industry deserves.

NEW ALUMINUM CAST HOUSE

Our recent aluminum cast house renovations now allow us to create aluminum billets in 8”, 9”, 11”, 16”, and 20” sizes, along with a 10” x 28” rectangular billet used only in-house on Taber’s 8600 ton press.  This gives Taber the capability to produce those ultra-wide extrusions.  We have unmatched access to the full range of aluminum alloys, without having to go through a middle man. Because Taber controls our billet casting, we have greater flexibility in our casting chemistry.
Learn more about our aluminum cast house renovations here: http://taberextrusions.com/aluminum-cast-house/

EXPANDED ALUMINUM EXTRUSION CAPABILITIES

We also continue our production of a wide range of aluminum extrusion sizes and shapes. Our aluminum extrusion capabilities utilize both hard and soft aluminum alloys—the kind found in aerospace, marine and military applications. The company’s profile capabilities range from industry standard extrusions to intricate custom designs that meet specific needs. Our standard shape catalog includes rods, hollows, channels, beams, angles, tees, zees, and bars in a wide range of sizes.

Learn more about our updated extrusion capabilities here: http://taberextrusions.com/aluminum-fabrication/

After all this time, why do our customers continue to return to Taber? It’s because we’re dedicated to innovation. We’re dedicated to finding intricate solutions for even the most complex extrusion request. While other Aluminum Extrusion Companies continue to focus on standard products and techniques, Taber’s work ethic and attention to the needs of the market allow Taber to create customized, versatile, high quality and market oriented products that can satisfy a wide range of applications.

Want to get in touch with Team Taber?  Contact information can be found in the link below:

http://taberextrusions.com/contact-us/

6 11, 2017

Taber’s Aluminum Distribution Services

2017-11-06T20:13:30+00:00 November 6th, 2017|

When searching for a reliable aluminum extrusion partner, not only must their  manufacturing capabilities be considered, but also their aluminum distribution capabilities.

Taber Extrusion is a leading manufacturer of aluminum shapes, aluminum billet, and other aluminum products.

Our commercial network, aligned with key aluminum distributors, allows us to reach customers, both domestic and international, that might be too small to take a mill minimum order. It also gives us the capabilities to reach industries that aren’t used to buying direct from a mill.

“The aluminum distribution market is very significant for Taber. In (our Gulfport location), it’s probably about half our business. Distribution allows us to reach customers that might be too small to take a mill minimum order from us. It also allows us to reach industries that are perhaps not used to buying direct from a mill.” – Allan Bennett, VP of Sales at Taber Extrusions

Taber offers a diverse selection of aluminum products. From both standard and non-standard aluminum shapes, to the production of aluminum billets from the full range of aluminum alloys, we are a full service supplier. We also have extensive CNC-machining and fabrication capabilities.

The company’s profile capabilities range from industry standard extrusions to intricate custom designs that meet specific needs. Our standard shape catalog includes rods, hollows, channels, beams, angles, tees, zees, and bars in a wide range of sizes.

Looking to work with Taber Extrusions? For more information or to request a quote, please call us today at (888) 984-3217 or e-mail us at info@taberextrusions.com.

31 10, 2017

Aluminum Extrusions for Infrastructure Projects

2017-11-06T19:48:46+00:00 October 31st, 2017|

Taber Extrusions has been working very diligently to introduce more of our aluminum extrusion products into the infrastructure market.

Recent upgrades to our aluminum cast house and aluminum fabrication capabilities have put Taber in the perfect position to do just that.

One of the biggest advantages that we have is the capability to produce very big aluminum shapes, which means less work for the end user and ultimately, a less expensive product for everybody. Compared to projects that use steel, the use of aluminum is light weight and leads to higher load capacities, it has a high strength-to-weight ratio, can be recycled, and you don’t have to worry about rust!

Gradually, the country is starting to begin a national conversation about renovating our infrastructure. Traditionally, aluminum extrusions for infrastructure projects have been reserved for small projects like light posts, road signage, and guard rails. But developments in aluminum alloy technology, along with the large shape capability at Taber, we now have extrusions far more suited for large scale infrastructure projects like bridges, high-speed railways, and platforms such as helipads, ramps, flooring, and decking.

 

Aluminum Extrusions for Infrastructure

The high strength, weldability, and flexibility of aluminum, (particularly 6xxx series aluminum alloys, which Taber supplies in-house with the latest casting technology), can be relied on for infrastructure and architecture projects. As an added bonus its natural light weight makes delivery and installation a much easier, and often less expensive, process.

Aluminum shapes created for infrastructure also have the benefit of being low maintenance, due to high corrosion resistance and immunity to UV rays.

Potential applications include:

  • Power/electrical infrastructure
  • Bridges
  • Aerospace (Helipads, etc.)
  • High speed / magnetic railways
  • Public Transport
  • Cranes and other construction needs
  • Sports stadiums
  • Outdoor signage
  • LED lighting

In a global market that is only becoming more competitive, the United States will need to turn its eyes back on its infrastructure if it hopes to retain its place near the top of the food chain.
Full service suppliers for aluminum products like Taber Extrusions are here to help with your infrastructure or public works project. Contact us, and tell us your needs – and we can lay the groundwork together.

19 09, 2017

Taber Extrusions: A Look Back, a Look Beyond

2017-09-19T16:10:44+00:00 September 19th, 2017|

Since 1973, Taber Extrusions LLC has pioneered the extrusion of large, heavy and wide complex shapes to differentiate itself from the typical aluminum extrusion company. Since its inception, the Taber Extrusions brand has been synonymous with innovation, service and quality. All of our extrusions have, and will continue to be engineered, manufactured and tested in the United States. Taber Extrusions maintains its headquarters at the Russellville, Arkansas facility, with a Gulfport, Mississippi facility that includes a regional sales office, aluminum cast house and extrusion operations.

Today, Taber Extrusions continues to expand upon its operations and capabilities to retain the cutting-edge service that the company is known for.

Our recent aluminum cast house renovations now allow us to create aluminum billets in 8”, 9”, 11”, 16”, 20”, and slab sizes. We have unmatched access to the full range of aluminum alloys, without having to go through a middle man. Because Taber controls our billet casting, we have greater flexibility in our casting chemistry.
Learn more about our aluminum cast house renovations here: http://taberextrusions.com/aluminum-cast-house/

We also continue our production of a wide range of aluminum extrusion sizes and shapes. Our aluminum extrusion capabilities can now utilize both hard and soft aluminum alloys, of the kind found in aerospace, marine and military applications. The company’s profile capabilities range from industry standard extrusions to intricate custom designs that meet specific needs. Our standard shape catalog includes rods, hollows, channels, beams, angles, tees, zees, and bars in a wide range of sizes.

Learn more about our updated extrusion capabilities here: http://taberextrusions.com/aluminum-fabrication/

A modern aluminum extrusion company

After all this time, why do our customers continue to return to an aluminum extrusion company like Taber? It’s because we’re dedicated to innovation. We’re dedicated to finding intricate solutions for even the most complex extrusion request. While other extruders continue to focus on standard products and techniques, Taber’s work ethic and attention to the needs of the market allow Taber to create customized, versatile, high quality and market oriented products, that can satisfy a wide range of applications.

Want to get in touch with Taber? Our contact information can be found in the link below.

http://taberextrusions.com/contact-us/

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

Why You Should Be Recycling Aluminum

2017-07-26T17:45:01+00:00 July 17th, 2017|

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Recycling aluminum. What’s the big deal? Although new people are opting to recycle their aluminum products every day, still more choose to simply throw these products in with the rest of their trash. Doing this a great disservice to yourself and the environment; not only do many states in the U.S pay you a return for recycling your aluminum cans, but the simple act of recycling aluminum products reduces your consumption footprint by over 95%  – in other words, the energy it takes to reuse an aluminum can is 5% that of smelting and producing a new one. More on that later- first, let’s discuss what effects the impact of NOT recycling aluminum can have on the environment, and the economy.

ENVIRONMENTAL DETRIMENTS of not recycling aluminum

Every year in the United States, around 100 billion aluminum cans are manufactured and sold, but less than half of those cans make it to the recycling bin. This number is consistent among developed countries (with few exceptions; Brazil for example recycles around 98% of its aluminum cans.) Cans that are not recycled are either incinerated, which creates harmful emissions, or find themselves in landfills, where it will take them 200-500 years to decompose. This is no small amount of aluminum- even conservative estimates dictate that we waste 1.5 million tons of aluminum every year. That’s 1.5 million tons of aluminum cans that must be made anew from virgin materials, rather than from recycled aluminum materials.

And what does creating new aluminum entail? According to the Container Recycling Institute, while aluminum cans only make up 1.4 percent of any given ton of garbage, they account for 14 percent of the harmful emissions when it comes to replacing these wasted materials with new ones.

That includes all of the other aspects of creating aluminum, including strip mining for bauxite ore and smelting it down into a usable form.

ENVIRONMENTAL BENEFITS of recycling aluminum

Simply put, the benefits of recycling aluminum (and any recyclable material) are that it greatly conserves energy, conserves our natural resources and puts them back to use, and reduces water and air pollution. Aluminum is infinitely recyclable, meaning it can be recycled over and over with no limit. Since 1884, billons of metric tons of aluminum have been produced, and roughly 74% of that is still in use due to its recyclability.

Aluminum is unparalleled when it comes to retrieving usable material and creating new products from it. In fact, all aspects of an aluminum made product can be reused; and the simple act of tossing your aluminum can in the recycling bin conserves 95% of the energy it takes to create a new one. Aluminum is the most used material in creation of new products, so even a small percentage increase of people recycling will pay off in dividends when it comes to our future. For every 1-ton of aluminum recycled, the planet is spared 9 tons of CO2 emissions.

A little truly goes a long way, and the energy saved from this recycled material can be better used to power our lives in an efficient way.

 

NOT JUST CANS: WHAT ELSE YOU CAN RECYCLE

 

Happy recycling!

17 07, 2017

Taber Extrusions is a Proud MBE Supplier of Aluminum Extrusions

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

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“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.

 

27 06, 2017

Aluminum in Cars: The Automotive Industry Eyes Aluminum

2017-06-27T21:12:25+00:00 June 27th, 2017|

In the constant quest to reduce carbon emissions, increased fuel economy and lower manufacturing costs, automotive companies such as Toyota and Ford have begun the move towards utilizing a variety of lightweight-but-strong aluminum in cars to further their efforts. According to a report conducted by MarketsandResearch, the market for aluminum in car body application accounted for $47.91 billion- the third largest share in the automotive aluminum market. This growth is no doubt linked to the increased inclination of manufacturers to use rolled aluminum in their car bodies.

The continued demand for aluminum in cars to cut weight and improve fuel economy is launching the market, which is expected to reach $111.8 billion in 2016.

Some auto companies claim that aluminum is stronger than steel with more opportunity to resist body damage and still be weight friendly. So, why then is the word “aluminum” such a threat to some in the industry?

It’s really not. Demand is up 40% for lightweight, recyclable aluminum since 2009 and has supported industry job growth, but aluminum is a highly traded commodity where price is heavily influenced.

Advanced High Strength Steel, a signature of National Material Company, is still the choice for framing vehicles, but as public ideology changes about fuel-economy, and policy affects expansion and taxes, the race to develop and implement higher-grade metals into mainstream auto manufacturing as long as cars stay reliably the same cost to design and manufacture, and autos stay safe for consumers.

 

As more manufacturers turn to aluminum in cars, it could be motivation for U.S.-based companies to invest in better steel and aluminum technology, a win-win for consumers and job growth. Toyota is pushing the forefront in this arena, indicating that the future is aluminum.

Where does Taber Extrusions lie in all this? The company has been a leading supplier of high quality aluminum extrusions for around four decades, and is an industry leader that provides materials to industries including automotive, military, aerospace, and general distribution markets.  Taber offers some of the widest, heaviest, and complex shapes and aluminum extrusions that are shaping the future of aluminum and high strength steel.

As consumers, it will be interesting to watch what happens between technology, automotive manufacturing, and the price of our cars!

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.

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