5 10, 2011

Taber Extrusions Offers Machine Shops Competitive Advantage and Cost Savings with Precision Extrusion Practices

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Russellville, Ark. (October 4, 2011) – As the U.S. manufacturing industry seeks innovative techniques to stay relevant in a technology-driven marketplace, keep costs down for customers, and remain competitive in a somewhat fragmented market, “American-made” Taber Extrusions has announced several extrusion capabilities for U.S.-based machine shops based on current market demand among OEMs and various end users.

For over thirty-five years, Taber Extrusions has worked with this specific vertical in designing custom aluminum extruded shapes that significantly reduce machine time and material costs.  The company’s large press facility located in Russellville, Arkansas, has two specific capabilities that appeal to machine shops: first, the facility can manufacture solid extrusions up to 31inches wide and over 100 pounds per foot; secondly, the facility can manufacture complex multi-void profiles up to 26 inches wide.

“Designing an extrusion that is closer to the finished parts’ net shape is a extraordinary time and cost saver for these shops,” remarked Taber Extrusions President, Bill Wetmore. “Many shops are ‘hogging out’ finished parts from cut plate or extruded bar that results in a much higher scrap rate and requires significantly more machine time than starting from an extruded profile that is closer to the finished net shape.”

Taber Extrusions works with these shops, in many cases starting from a finished machined part drawing, to assist in designing a custom profile that includes just enough machine stock to allow for the required extrusion tolerances.  Anticipating the needs of their customer base, the company recently added a precision cut saw that allows for cutting tolerances up to +/- .030, which allows the machine shops to take the blanks directly to the machining center. Taber’s ultra-wide and heavy capabilities allow machine shops to make large, finished parts as opposed to being made by an assembly of smaller components.  For production volume parts this alternative method results in a huge cost savings for the machine shop.

Added Steve Althardt, Sales Manager for Taber Extrusions: “Machine shops that leverage our capabilities in wide and heavy custom extrusions with the added flexibility in multiple alloy choices are more competitive, allowing them to win more jobs and make higher margins per hour on their machining centers.”

In addition to their wide and heavy capabilities, Taber also offers machine shops the full range of aluminum alloys and tempers including 7000, 6000, 5000, and 2000 series alloys.  The company carries all of the required industry standard qualifications including ISO 9001 and AS 9100 for heat-treatment and in-house Ultra Sonic Inspection (NDT).

About Taber Extrusions LLC
In 1973, Taber Extrusions LLC 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 extrusion leader in the production of a range of quality aluminum extrusions sizes and shapes. The company offers extrusions in 2000, 5000, 6000 and 7000 alloy series. Since its inception, the brand name Taber Extrusions has been synonymous with innovation, service and quality. All extrusions are engineered, manufactured and tested in the United States. Taber Extrusions maintains its headquarters at the Russellville, Arkansas facility, with a regional sales office also at its Gulfport, Mississippi facility.

8 06, 2011

Taber Extrusions LLC Awarded Austal LCS and JHSV Contracts

2017-01-26T23:37:32+00:00 June 8th, 2011|

Russellville, Ark. (June 2, 2011)Taber Extrusions LLC and Austal USA have entered into contracts for Taber to supply extruded products for the Austal USA Littoral Combat Ship Jackson (LCS 6), as well as Austal USA’s Joint High Speed Vessel Fortitude (JHSV 3).  Extrusions used on these all-aluminum vessels make up some of the ship’s decking, superstructure and bulkheads. Some structural extrusions for both ships will also be manufactured by Taber and supplied to Austal through a contract with O’Neal Steel Corp.  Taber operates manufacturing facilities in Russellville, AR and Gulfport, MS.  The extrusions to be provided for the LCS and JHSV programs will be produced at both facilities.

According to Taber: “The use of our 8,600-Ton extrusion press with its unique rectangular container and billet configuration enables us to successfully produce wide multi-void extrusions that are friction stir welded into panels. The combination of the superior metal flow patterns associated with our rectangular configuration along with the press size gives us an advantage over competitors trying to make similar extrusions with round containers on smaller presses.  The unique flow pattern in this design allows us to hold much tighter tolerances for flatness, straightness and twist as well as assure that critical thickness dimensions on the internal webs are achieved. We also produce tee extrusions in various alloys that are friction stir welded into panels.”

Taber’s ability to hold tight tolerances has allowed for a significant increase in productivity in the friction stir-welding rates and reduced downstream scrap and weld repairs. Taber maintains an exemplary record for quality and on-time delivery.

Taber’s President, Mr. Bill Wetmore, commented: “Our quality and delivery record has given Austal the confidence to expand our business relationship.  We look forward to working with Austal on both of these major programs for many years.” 

The U.S. Navy’s shipbuilding plan envisions building 55 Littoral Combat Ships accounting for about 18% of the Navy’s planned 313-ship force. Austal is teamed with General Dynamics Advanced Information Systems, serving as ship systems integrator, responsible for the design, integration and testing of the ship’s mission systems.  Jackson (LCS 6) is the first ship awarded under Austal’s recently announced US Navy contract for construction of up to an additional 10 Littoral Combat Ships to be appropriated over the following five years with a total value exceeding $3.5B.

The JHSV program provides high-speed transport vessels for the Army and the Navy. These vessels will be used for fast intra-theater transportation of troops, military vehicles and equipment. The JHSV program merges the previous Army Theater Support Vessel (TSV) and the Navy High Speed Connector (HSC), taking advantage of the inherent commonality between the two programs.  Authorization to proceed with construction of JHSV 3 was granted in January 2010 and authorization to procure long lead time material for JHSV 4 & 5 was granted in June 2010. The current program with all awards is for total 10 ships for use by Army, Navy, and Marine Corps. The first ship is intended to be delivered in year 2011.

Taber Extrusions’ unique capabilities in wide, long and complex extrusion profiles and our experience in manufacturing such shapes in both the 5000 and 6000 series alloys has made Taber the extruder of choice for the next generation of aluminum ships.  Furthermore, Taber is the only U.S. based manufacturer of 5000 series aluminum extrusions designed primarily for the ship building market to maintain an uninterrupted supply for over 35 years.

4 02, 2011

Taber Extrusions receives Boeing Performance Excellence Award

2017-01-26T23:37:32+00:00 February 4th, 2011|

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Taber Extrusions receives Boeing Performance Excellence Award
Leading U.S.-based manufacturer of aluminum extrusions will join exclusive group of suppliers recognized by the Boeing Company

Russellville, Ark. (February 1, 2011)Taber Extrusions LLC, a U.S.-based corporation supplying American-made aluminum extrusion profiles to some of the most prolific government programs and leading international corporations, has received a Boeing Performance Excellence Award (BPEA) for 2010.  The Boeing Company issued this award in recognition of Taber Extrusions’ composite performance rating over the twelve-month period from October 2009 through September 2010.
The award places Taber Extrusions among a select group of suppliers who achieved either a Gold or Silver level recognition:

“Our company has been committed to supplying the highest quality aluminum extrusions and supporting our OEM’s needs on schedule for nearly four decades,” remarked Taber Extrusions President, Bill Wetmore.  “We are extremely honored to be a recipient of this award as we consider Boeing to be one of the worldwide premier OEMs.”

Steve Althardt, Taber’s sales manager whose direct interaction with customers like Boeing and keen understanding of the men and women whose dedication to the company are the driving force behind their success, added: “Our ability to meet and exceed Boeing’s stringent requirements is confirmation of our efforts in these areas.  This is an award celebrated by every level of employee at our company and speaks directly to the nature of our core competency: customer service.”

Taber Extrusions supplies intermediate to heavy press structural extrusions for various Boeing Commercial airplanes including 747, 767 and 777.  The company has manufactured aircraft and aerospace extrusions since 1973, servicing the Commercial, Military and General Aviation markets.

About Taber Extrusions LLC
In 1973, Taber Extrusions LLC (www.TaberExtrusions.com) 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 extrusion leader in the production of a range of quality aluminum extrusions sizes and shapes. The company offers extrusions in 2000, 5000, 6000 and 7000 alloy series. Since its inception, the brand name Taber Extrusions has been synonymous with innovation, service and quality. All extrusions are engineered, manufactured and tested in the United States. Taber Extrusions maintains its headquarters at the Russellville, Arkansas facility, with a regional sales office also at its Gulfport, Mississippi facility.

19 10, 2010

Taber Extrusions’ enhanced digital presence will streamline search for aluminum extrusion capabilities

2017-01-26T23:37:32+00:00 October 19th, 2010|

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Taber Extrusions’ enhanced digital presence will streamline search for aluminum extrusion capabilities

Aluminum alloy extruder and manufacturer launches upgraded website and digital promotional tools that will assist contractors and engineers in search of customized extrusion capabilities

Russellville, Ark., (October 13, 2010) – Recognizing the need for key government contractors and engineers to quickly search, find, and assess their customized aluminum extrusion solutions, Taber Extrusions LLC has launched an enhanced website that will offer potential customers a streamlined “shopping” experience.

As a participant in an industry known more for its engineering prowess than information technology know-how, Taber Extrusions President Bill Wetmore commented on the need for the company to continue to innovate in every area, including technology, sales and marketing:

“We would be remiss not to acknowledge the importance of today’s technological tools, particularly with regard to the role that search engines and social media play in the ability to target our customer-base.   In addition to providing the best, customized products, it’s also important for us to provide a user-friendly platform for contractors and engineers.”

TaberExtrusions.com platform features include:

  • Three-minute informational video
  • Company blog and news section
  • Highlights section with high-resolution product and application images
  • Digital “capabilities” chart and “standard shapes” catalog

Added Steve Althardt, Russellville’s Sales Manager for Taber Extrusions:  “The overarching goal of our upgraded digital presence is two-fold: first, we want to specifically reach those who are searching for what we have to offer; and second, we want them to understand our approach, capabilities, and services in less time than it would take to search for our contact information in the phone book.   We’ve built a convenient interface and worked with the best designers to ensure a satisfying customer experience.”

About Taber Extrusions LLC
In 1973, Taber Extrusions LLC (www.TaberExtrusions.com) 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 extrusion leader in the production of a range of quality aluminum extrusions sizes and shapes. The company offers extrusions in 2000, 5000, 6000 and 7000 alloy series. Since its inception, the brand name Taber Extrusions has been synonymous with innovation, service and quality. All extrusions are engineered, manufactured and tested in the United States. Taber Extrusions maintains its headquarters at the Russellville, Arkansas facility, with a regional sales office also at its Gulfport, Mississippi facility.

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7 09, 2010

Taber Extrusions awarded contracts to supply aluminum extrusions for Joint High Speed Vessel program

2017-01-26T23:37:32+00:00 September 7th, 2010|

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Taber Extrusions awarded contracts to supply aluminum extrusions for Joint High Speed Vessel program

Leading U.S.-based manufacturer chosen as primary supplier of aluminum extruded products for the Navy’s JHSV defense program through contract with Austal USA

 

Russellville, Ark., (September 7, 2010)Taber Extrusions LLC has made several key announcements through President Bill Wetmore regarding contract awards that will position the company as the primary supplier of aluminum extruded products for the Navy’s Joint High Speed Vessel (JHSV) program.

According to Wetmore, Taber Extrusions has been chosen by one of the world leaders in design and construction of customized aluminum defense vessels, Austal USA.

The first contract awarded is for the manufacturing of the main deck and flight deck extrusions for the Joint High Speed Vessel – JHSV 2 Vigilant:

“Through our unique combination of superior metal flow patterns associated with rectangular billet configuration and press size, we hold a clear advantage over competitors trying to make similar extrusions with round containers on smaller presses,” remarked Wetmore.  “Additionally, the unique flow pattern in this design allows us to hold much tighter tolerances for flatness, straightness and twist as to assure that critical thickness dimensions on the internal webs are achieved.”

The main deck and flight deck assemblies are made up of wide, multi-void panel type extrusions utilizing a diagonal truss-web design that are friction stir welded together to form panels.  Taber’s use of the 8,600-ton extrusion press with unique rectangular container configuration enables the successful production of the complex sections supplied in lengths up to 47 feet.  Taber Extrusions’ ability to hold tight tolerances on this section have allowed for a significant increase in productivity in the friction stir-welding rates resulting in a reliable flow of quality product to Austal.

Furthermore, the company will produce the 5083 tee extrusions for the JHSV 1, Fortitude and JHSV 2 Vigilant. Since the initial build phase on JHSV 1, Austal has utilized friction stir welded 5083 panels.  The use of 5083 extrusions has increased significantly, replacing 6061 alloy extrusions.   The tee-configured 5083 extrusions used in the panels will be produced at Taber’s Gulfport, Mississippi facility. The welded panels are used in many areas of the ship including the superstructure, decking and bulkheads.

As prime contractor, Austal USA currently has contracts to build the first three JHSVs as part of a 10-vessel program valued at up to $1.63B.  In June 2010, the Navy funded the acquisition of long lead-time equipment for JHSV 4 and 5.  Options for the other five vessels will be awarded by 2013.  The JHSV will be capable of transporting up to 300 troops and their equipment for four days and will be able to carry 700 short tons (including Abrams Main Battle Tanks) 1,200 nautical miles at an average speed of 35 knots.

About Taber Extrusions LLC
In 1973, Taber Extrusions LLC (www.TaberExtrusions.com) 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 extrusion leader in the production of a range of quality aluminum extrusions sizes and shapes. The company offers extrusions in 2000, 5000, 6000 and 7000 alloy series. Since its inception, the brand name Taber Extrusions has been synonymous with innovation, service and quality. All extrusions are engineered, manufactured and tested in the United States. Taber Extrusions maintains its headquarters at the Russellville, Arkansas facility, with a regional sales office also at its Gulfport, Mississippi facility.

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1 09, 2010

Taber Extrusions joins “Will it Blend” host Tom Dickson in sponsoring Boy Scouts of America centennial anniversary celebration

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Leading American aluminum extrusions manufacturer will contribute materials for Guinness Book of World Record’s longest Pinewood Derby raceway to commemorate 100 year BSA anniversary

Russellville, Ark., (August 24, 2010) — Proud to be American Taber Extrusions LLC, a leading manufacturer of aluminum extrusions often serving the U.S. military and other mission-critical industries, has pledged its support to the Boy Scouts of America’s 100 year anniversary celebration.  Through the donation of partially-subsidized aluminum profiles materials, engineers will construct a Pinewood Derby raceway that will be installed at Rio Tinto Stadium (9256 South State St., Sandy, Utah) from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, August 28th, 2010 in commemoration of the BSA centennial celebration.

“This track will be certified by the Guinness Book of World Records as the longest and fastest ever constructed,” remarked Michael Plowman, Field Director of the Utah National Parks Council, Boy Scouts of America.

In addition to contributions made by Taber Extrusions, the BSA was assisted with the engineering and design of the extruded track by Tom Dickson, founder of Blendtec, longtime supporter and BSA volunteer.  Dickson, best known for his “Will it Blend?” Infomercials in which he demonstrates unusual items (such as iPods and cell phones) being pulverized, is an internet sensation and has appeared on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, and Today with Meredith Vieira.  A recent segment, showing the iPhone being blended into iDust, has received over 8 million hits on You Tube.

The track will be a six lane configuration with lane dividers and guides to hold the cars in place.  Taber Extrusions will use their 28” wide horizontal container on a 17 million pound press to produce the 22” wide, 350 foot long track.

Added Bill Wetmore, President of Taber Extrusions: “The Pinewood Derby is a longstanding tradition for Cub Scouts, and we are thrilled to have the opportunity to join other private sector companies like Blendtec in celebrating this 100 year milestone.”

To enter the race, an entry fee of $15 per car applies for the Youth Division (under 18), Adult Division, and Open Division. To register in advance, please visit www.utahscouts.org.

26 04, 2010

Taber Extrusions releases key information on marine aluminum extrusions and other military applications

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The 5000 series outperforms the 6000 series alloy, providing improved performance in marine and other military applications


RUSSELLVILLE, Ark., March 17, 2010 — Taber Extrusions LLC, a pioneering manufacturer of complex aluminum extrusions, has released a white paper on its 5000 series aluminum extrusions.

“The white paper is meant as an education tool for marine aluminum extrusions and military applications,” remarked Bill Wetmore, president,  www.TaberExtrusions.com. “The unique attributes of the 5000 Series aluminum extrusions, including its American production, have gained the attention and approval of the U.S. military, allowing us to be the supplier of some of the military’s premier programs for nearly 40 years. In this white paper, we delve into the specifics of the 5000 series aluminum extrusions and explain why it is has become such a valuable component to the U.S. military.”


The use of 5000 series alloy extrusions in marine and military vehicle applications offers multiple advantages over the more common 6000 series soft alloys and continues to be the materials of choice for both naval marine and military vehicle applications. When compared to 6000 series alloys, Taber Extrusions’ 5000 series exhibits superior ductility, formability and corrosion resistance with mechanical properties approaching those of 6000 series alloys in T6 tempers. In addition, the 5000 series loses far less strength when subjected to the heat associated with traditional welding processes, minimizing the “weak link” that is often associated with welding.


Taber Extrusions is considered the industry leader for specialty products, including 5000 series extrusions for use in many major military programs. The white paper is available for download at: http://tinyurl.com/AluminumExtrusionsWhitePaper.

28 02, 2010

Taber Extrusions deploys wide multi-void extrusions to meet special application needs of U.S. military while reducing final fabrication costs

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With a commitment to “Buy American,” Taber Extrusions processes all materials domestically to produce complex wide extrusions, such as AM2 matting, decking, platforms, panels, heat sinks, archery bow risers and bars.


RUSSELLVILLE, Ark., Feb. XX, 2010 — Taber Extrusions LLC, a pioneering manufacturer of complex aluminum extrusions, has earned the distinction as the only U.S. domestic aluminum extruder using a rectangular container and billet configuration to produce wide aluminum extrusions with superior tolerances for military and commercial applications.  This distinction has garnered Taber Extrusions the position as the preferred supplier for custom defense-related applications using ultra-wide multi-void hollow extrusions in thicknesses from .75 up to 3.4 inches and widths up to 24 inches. Its customers include the U.S. military as well as various government prime defense contractors.

“Our ultra-wide aluminum extrusions typically result in a considerable reduction in fabrication time and cost of the end product, plus we process materials domestically to ensure adherence to the ‘Buy American’ requirements for U.S. military applications,” said Bill Wetmore, President of Taber Extrusions. “In many cases, multiple-part assemblies can be replaced by a one-piece extrusion that is mechanically superior.  Wide multi-void extrusions are ideal for platforms and structure constructions that need to be lightweight yet strong.”

One example of such an application is the U.S. military using Taber Extrusions’ matting system to construct airfield systems and deck or flooring structures quickly.  When assembled into an airfield system, the AM2 matting extrusion is strong enough to support the weight of a fully loaded transport aircraft yet is lightweight enough for the military to move large quantities into remote areas.

Taber Extrusions also supplies extrusions used for the TYPE V and Dual Row Air System (DRAS) air-droppable platform systems.  This system is used as the base structure for heavy loads being air dropped into remote locations where military transport planes are unable to land. Other military applications include jet blast deflectors used on aircraft carriers and heavy wall electronic cabinetry used for various systems, including the Vertical Launch system used on naval ships deploying ship-to-shore or ship-to-air missiles. Additionally, Taber is currently assisting in the development of lighter weight decking systems for naval vessels that will use ultra-wide multi-hollow profiles.

4 02, 2010

Taber Extrusions serves as the preferred U.S. domestic extruder to meet stringent technical requirements of 5000 series alloys

2010-02-04T15:08:24+00:00 February 4th, 2010|

Taber Extrusions supplies custom and standard 5000 series alloy extrusions for U.S. military land and sea applications.

RUSSELLVILLE, Ark., Feb. 4, 2010 — Taber Extrusions LLC, a pioneering manufacturer of complex aluminum extrusions, is using 5000 series alloy aluminum extrusions to support U.S. military fleets and weaponry. As the premier domestic extruder to have developed the expertise to consistently meet the stringent technical requirements of the various 5000 series alloys (5083, 5086, 5454 and 5456), Taber Extrusions has maintained a steady supply for some of the U.S. military’s premier programs for over 35 years. Most recently, Taber Extrusions provided 5000 series aluminum alloy extrusions for use on several of the new models of Navy ships.

“Our facilities in Russellville, AR, and Gulfport, MS, combine to offer all size ranges of 5000 series alloy extrusions in standard shapes as well as custom-designed profiles,” remarked Bill Wetmore, President of Taber Extrusions. “The U.S. military and other mission-critical industries turn to Taber Extrusions and our 5000 series alloy profiles because of its unique characteristics and our proven ability to consistently meet critical properties and tolerances. When compared to 6000 series alloys, the 5000 series is stronger, bears higher mechanical properties and is corrosive-resistant, which makes it ideal for marine applications.”

Naval marine and military vehicle design engineers consider the 5000 series a choice material in the development of modern weaponry to support U.S. troops. In addition, the Friction Stir Welding process of structural 5000 series extrusions provides shipbuilders with a flexible, extremely high strength component structure that can be used in multiple applications, including decking and superstructure panels.

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