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/

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.

 

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!

30 05, 2017

Taber Aluminum Extrusions: Behind The Brand

2017-05-30T16:35:18+00:00 May 30th, 2017|

What is Taber Extrusions? We’re an manufacturing company that specializes in aluminum extrusions. Our four decades of experience make Taber the perfect full service partner, and our wide range of full service machining and available aluminum alloys means we’re fit for any job.
What do we do? Simple. Aluminum extrusions and aluminum machining is the name of our game, and we do it well. We proudly serve the following industries:

  • Aerospace
  • Electrical
  • Transportation
  • Marine
  • Sporting Goods
  • Government

With our large rectangular extruding container (the largest in North America), we’re capable of welding, bending, punching, painting and anondizing aluminum extrusions effortlessly.

So what are you waiting for? Let’s work together on your mission using our expertise. Call us at (800) 563-6853 or email us at info@taberextrusions.com.

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!

24 02, 2017

High Strength Aluminum & AHSS

2017-02-24T17:56:44+00:00 February 24th, 2017|

As our team began our research to deliver this blog post to you, we kept coming across the most engaging content from the same author as we researched “aluminum extrusions,” “high strength aluminum,” and other metallurgical-related topics. We pride ourselves at being great copywriters, but I found myself getting sucked in to articles like “Sheet Aluminum Alloys for Cans and Cars,” and “Achieving Successful Stamping of AHSS” pulling me in with descriptive content, humor, excellent infographics, and most importantly: highly technical concepts and information that was easy to comprehend. Let’s face it: Aluminum, steel, metallurgy, etc. aren’t the most seductive subjects to write about. Because of this, we decided to see if we couldn’t set up a call with this elusive material science whiz, and what do you know? He accepted our call.

Danny Schaeffler, Ph.D. is currently Founder and President of Engineering Quality Solutions, Inc., and Chief Content Officer at 4M Partners LLC. His resume and experience effortlessly exceed the character counts for each field in his LinkedIn profile. And the best part for us; Schaeffler is an independent third party, so he could discuss anything we asked without either party having concern over commercial or competitive aspects.

The discussion began, not speaking of aluminum extrusions and aluminum casting, but of sheet aluminum in respect to automotive applications. Most of us are aware of the evolving use of Advanced High-Strength Steels due to the new advancements of high-strength steel grades enabling the auto industry to keep costs down while still meeting requirements – especially when it comes to fuel efficiency and crash performance.

So, how do high strength aluminum alloys measure up against AHSS in automotive application?

Advanced aluminum alloys are the fastest growing material (second only to steel) in the design of new vehicles going to market. Drivealuminum.org puts it like this: “Low weight, crash absorbent, durable, corrosion resistant, easily formable and infinitely recyclable, aluminum helps save consumers money at the gas pump while delivering cars and trucks that are safer, greener and better performing. Cars and trucks down-weighted with advanced aluminum alloys are more fuel efficient with fewer life cycle carbon emissions as compared to heavier steel vehicles. Aluminum also is a proven force multiplier for powertrain, vehicle battery, aerodynamic and rolling resistance advances. Aluminum simply builds a better vehicle.”

How about a look at the very different approaches that GM and Ford used in regards to light-weighting vehicles through the use of high strength aluminum alloys over the past decade?

The aluminum truck: The Ford F150 cost approximately two billion dollars to create. Ford gutted their Dearborn and Kansas City plants to build new facilities from the ground up, and filled them with tooling, lasers, and robots designed to work with aluminum rather than steel. By doing this, Ford was able to make an extremely high quality body structure, and shed approximately 700 lbs. per vehicle, according to Ford officials. A very bold move which paid off.

GM, just as committed to reducing the weight of their vehicles, decided to go another route. Without scrapping plants and building new facilities from scratch, GM came up with a patented welding approach to allow for greater use of aluminum and steel on the same vehicle. In summary, they’ve married steel and aluminum through spot welding, reducing the need for rivets, and saving roughly several hundred pounds per vehicle.

The GM approach of being able to spot weld a higher melting point material to a lower melting point material allowed them (more or less) use their existing plants and equipment with a fraction of the capital expense of what Ford had to go through. Aluminum costs more, but you’ll use less of it. Advanced High Strength Steel costs more than high strength steel. But the price premium for AHSS is substantially less than the premium for aluminum. 2 very different approaches. Both effective.

It’s fascinating to keep in mind that most of the sheet aluminum and steel alloys used on today’s vehicles were not even manufactured 20 years ago. They weren’t even a glimmer in Mommy Car & Daddy truck’s headlights. Today we are talking about technologies that didn’t even exist until recently.

Final analysis? The automotive industry is one of the biggest drivers for optimized material selection. The need for globally available parts, and sheer volume and complexity of the automotive assembly process is an ideal litmus test. Lives and livelihoods depend on it. Welcome to the roads, high strength aluminum alloys, your steel counterparts invite you into the mix.

Schaeffler sums it up, “Automotive designers and engineers need to understand the characteristics of today’s materials in order to optimize the balance of cost, manufacturing and safety all while creating a car people want to buy.” Which hits the nail on the head of this riveting discussion!

For more of our super interesting blogs about the aluminum market, aluminum extrusions, and other industry-related topics, visit www.taberextrusions.com or get in touch by e-mailing us at info@taberextrusions.com

19 10, 2016

Taber Extrusions is the Smart Choice in Today’s Aluminum Market

2016-10-19T21:34:00+00:00 October 19th, 2016|

Though the aluminum market is still facing issues abroad from a decade of surplus due to high Chinese production, domestic aluminum extrusion is still a strong choice for your needs.

“Chinese aluminum exports have actually fallen this year. The country’s aluminum exports have fallen 4% year-over-year in the first eight months of 2016. However, Chinese aluminum exports have risen on a month-over-month basis for two consecutive months. There are concerns that some of the idled capacity in China is coming back online…

Meanwhile, the Fed’s decision to hold the benchmark rates steady was received well by markets. Most metals, including aluminum, reacted positively to the Fed’s announcement. We saw a sharp rally in aluminum prices.” (source)

Taber Extrusions is committed to building long lasting business relationships with our customers, and delivering high quality aluminum extrusion for each and every one of their projects. Our expertise, which is rooted in over 40 years of experience in the industry, along with our wide manufacturing capabilities and our commitment to collaboration and innovation make us not only the strong choice for your needs, but the smart one too.

31 03, 2015

The Next Best Thing To Aluminum 3D Printing

2015-06-18T15:33:03+00:00 March 31st, 2015|

We recently showed you how aluminum-based 3D printing is bringing customized objects to space. For those of us that can’t afford a 3D printer but enjoy a bit of DIY craftsmanship, here’s the next best thing. The self-proclaimed King Of Random recently put together a how-to video offering a technique that involves styrofoam, aluminum cans, and sand. The result is something pretty close to a 3D printed object, though the process is a little more dangerous than uploading to a 3D printer. From Gizmodo:

If you’re looking for a fun, high-risk weekend project, look no further: Grant Thompson, the self-styled “King of Random”, has decided to shared his method for transforming styrofoam into metal. (Spoiler: don’t try this one around your kids.)

To start, you’ll need to cut a model of your soon-t0-be metal creation out of foam. Thompson suggests using foam board from the dollar store, but foam housing insulation or craft blocks will work just as well. Once assembled, attach a thick foam riser to the top of your model, and bury it in a 5-gallon bucket filled with sand.

Next you’ll have to fire up your homemade metal foundry (if you’ve never made one before, Thompson’s got you covered). Now melt down some aluminum cans and pour the molten metal over your buried foam cast, taking care not to splash anything on yourself. The foam, Thompson explains, will vaporize instantly as liquid aluminum rushes in to take its place. Within a few minutes, your sculpture should be cool enough to remove. Do so carefully, using pliers. You can then polish up your new creation and place it prominently on display.

Click here to go to the full article, including a complete video demonstration by the King of Random. Just remember to use gloves and pliers when you try this yourself.

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