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In Focus Spotlight: Chad Fishback, New V.P. of Sales and Marketing

2024-02-22T21:04:39+00:00February 2nd, 2024|

Taber's In Focus Spotlight Chad Fishback and his wife Kristin

Meet Taber Extrusion’s In Focus Spotlight: Chad Fishback, the new Vice President of Sales and Marketing. According to Chuck Stout, President of Taber Extrusions, Chad brings a proven track record as a results-oriented sales leader focused on driving accelerated growth and profitability across a variety of industry sectors.

“Buckle up and get ready for the time of your life. Lots of great changes are here and those that are looking for advancement and challenges All Aboard the Taber train.” -Chad Fishback

Job duties & responsibilities of In Focus Spotlight Chad Fishback

In my current role as VP of sales, I am responsible for developing effective sales strategies to meet the company’s revenue goals. This involves analyzing market trends, identifying opportunities, and implementing strategies to maximize sales growth. Also, I oversee the sales team, providing guidance, support, and training to ensure they have the necessary skills and resources to meet their targets. This includes setting sales quotas, monitoring performance, and implementing performance improvement plans.

Where did you work prior to Taber; same industry or something totally different?

I have been in the aluminum extrusion market for 17 years.  I have had the privilege to work for multiple industry leading companies focused on many core markets.  There are so many great people in this industry and my love for this industry is defiantly tied to all my great relationships I have made over the years.
Taber_In Focus Spotlight Chad Fishback with family outside sports event exit
Taber_In Focus Spotlght Chad Fishback and his son at a sports event

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

I love sports, watching them and playing them.  These days I spend most of my time watching my kids play.  I love to travel and spend time with family and friends.  I am 5 states away from visiting all US states.  Cooking has been a fun adventure too- I love using my smoker. Party at my house anytime.
 

Hometown?

Norco California
 

Family, children?

 
My wife Kristin – we have been married for 22 years. Tyler – 18 years old Senior in High school: Loves golf and going to concerts. Brianna is 16 years old: a 10th grade volleyball and basketball player and a Swiftie. Ellie is 13 years old: 7th grade cheerleader and loves cooking. Bennett: 10 years old, 4th grade football, basketball and baseball, loves playing on his switch.
Taber_In Focus Spotlight Chad Fishback and his family on a beach with a body of water in the background
Taber_In Focus Spotlight Chad Fishback and his family in the gardens
Taber_In Focus Spotlight Chad Fishback with family outside at night

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

I hope to empower my fellow Taber employees by providing them with the necessary resources, support, and autonomy to make decisions.  Also, want to help promote a culture of diversity and inclusion by actively seeking diverse perspectives, fostering a sense of belonging. Driving accountability within all leadership at Taber and hold themselves and their teams accountable for their actions and results.  Help individuals take ownership of their work and strive for excellence.  All in in everything we do at Taber.

Chad Fishback’s favorite part about working for Taber so far?

The people have been wonderful and the culture of caring about the one is tremendous at Taber.  Our unique offering is fun to engage in new markets for me like Aerospace and Defense.  I love learning each day how I can impact the business and bring my unique leadership style to help drive change.

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

We offer a unique product that provides a distinct advantage and solves a specific problem within the extrusion market. We are building a strong brand identity and reputation which includes creating a recognizable brand image, delivering consistent quality, and providing elite customer service. Taber loves innovation and technology by providing an elite customer experience which includes understanding customer needs, personalizing interactions, and exceeding expectations at every touchpoint.
Taber_InFocus Spotlight Chad Fishback and his family outside

What do you think the future holds for Taber?

I see a company with strong leadership who understands the importance of shaping organizational culture.  By not looking at the short term and playing the long game can contribute to major success’s at Taber. Every day try to inspire and motivate employees to drive innovation, adapt to changing market conditions, and make strategic decisions that align with the company’s goals. By fostering a positive work environment Taber can position itself for growth and navigate challenges every day. 

Learn about other team members of Taber Extrusions through our In Focus Spotlight.

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

Become a customer today! Visit us, request a quote or call us at (888) 985-5319.

More About Taber Extrusions: 

In 1973, Taber Extrusions was founded. Pioneering a process for extruding rectangular billets, Taber is able to create solid profiles up to 31 inches wide and hollow profiles up to 29 inches wide. In addition, Taber purchased an extrusion facility in Gulfport, MS in 1995. It included a state-of-the-art cast house, two additional presses, microextrusion capabilities, and multiple fabrication expansions.

In addition to extruding billets in a wide range of alloys and sizes, the company also supplies aerospace, automotive, marine, infrastructure, and sporting goods markets alongside military applications. In both soft and hard alloys, Taber provides cast and extruded products to these markets

Moreover, Taber Extrusions has in-house friction stir welding capabilities, and continues to offer extruded aluminum components, value-added machining services, and raw material supply to the North American market. THis makes them a vertically integrated supplier of FSW panels and assemblies never before seen in North America.

Follow Taber Extrusions

LINKEDIN: https://www.linkedin.com/company/8843183/

FACEBOOK: https://www.facebook.com/taberextrusions/

FACEBOOK: https://www.facebook.com/taberrecruitment

TWITTER: https://twitter.com/taberextrusions

In Focus Spotlight: Meet David Jackson

2024-01-31T17:16:02+00:00November 2nd, 2023|

Taber Extrusions' David Jackson, a man in an orange shirt with arms around Trina, a short-haired woman in white shirt

Meet Fall’s In Focus Spotlight David Jackson, Taber Extrusions’ Gulfport Safety and Human Resource Manager.

Job duties & responsibilities of Taber’s In Focus Spotlight

I have been responsible for the recruitment, selection, safety, development, compliance, training, labor agreement negotiations, interpretation, and enforcement.  In short, I have been, to some, their son, Dutch-uncle, brother, nephew…etc.   I tell newly hired employees that I used to be a bartender and that my current job isn’t much different. I still try to ensure that everyone here gets the most out of their experience. I still kick out the drunk and disorderly and, in general, protect the core of our business (it’s people) so that they can go home with all their fingers and toes!

We are all here to pay our bills and enjoy the company we keep since we spend more time together than we do with our own families at times.  When interpersonal relationships break down OR someone’s politics interfere, I also serve as referee to lead us back to why we are here…to pay our bills and support this very important work that we do.

Where did you work prior to Taber; same industry or something totally different?

I have worked with Tugboats, plastic-injection molding, furniture manufacturing and cold storage prior to coming to Taber.

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

I care…that is what I bring to the table in Gulfport.  Without exception, I hope that everyone here knows that if I can help them, I will.  Again, I just want to be sure that everyone gets the most out of their experience.

David Jackson, a man in a blue shirt holding male child in a yellow shirt with another child to the left of him in a pink shirt
David Jackson's son, a young man in a blue shirt and tie making a face pursing lips
David Jackson's daughter, a youg lady smiling with a green blouse and a white strap across one shoulder

Hometown? 

I am from Biloxi and have also lived in Mobile AL and Tampa FL.  I graduated from Biloxi High School, went to the University of South Alabama to get a degree in Business Management.

Family, children? 

My family includes Catrina (better-half), Noel (23), Parker (20), LuLu (17) and Sophia (10).  Sophia is a blessing and our family glue…she is also the reason I will never retire!

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

When I am not working, I enjoy yard work and loving on all our animal babies.  We have two dogs (Sadie the wiener dog, Harry the chihuahua, Mr. Binx our cat, Wilbur and Barnaby our pot belly pigs and our three hens…Henrietta, Daisy and Mickey).

David Jackson's brown wiener dog, Sadie, sitting on a colorful blanket
David Jackson's pot belly pig Wilbur being held in hands
David Jackson's pot belly pigs. One balck on the right and one tan with black spots on the left

We currently live in Vancleave and have a few acres of land.  The better half always wanted chickens and when we bought our home, that became a possibility.

We wanted all hens, no roosters, and decided we’d give them all old-lady names.  We had Lottie, Daisy, Henrietta, Mickey and Gertrude all planned out BUT Gertrude, who we call Trudy, crowed when she/he was about 6 weeks old.

So, Trudy became Rudy and believe me, Rudy lives up to his name.  He was a real jerk!  Many times, I threatened to turn him into gumbo, but Catrina wouldn’t allow that.  So, Rudy is still a jerk to this day.

David Jackson's three chickens and rooster, Rudy with a pumpkin to the right of them

Favorite part about working for Taber so far?

I have enjoyed working at Taber since 2013.  I really appreciate all of the people that I get to work with.  There is a lot of family history here and people that would do just about anything to help you.

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

I really feel that this is what sets Taber apart from other companies that I have worked for.  We are part of a large organization (NMLP) but we also have a small work community in Gulfport.  I have worked at larger businesses, and I am comforted in knowing every single person that works here.

What do you think the future holds for Taber?

I am so thankful for the investment that Michael and the leadership at NMLP have made in the equipment and future of our team in Gulfport.  As Mike Keenan would say, we are now capable of competing with much of our industry.  As a whole, Taber offers our current and potential customers/partners, more capabilities than just about any other extruder.

Learn about other team members of Taber Extrusions through our In Focus Spotlight.

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

Taber Extrusions' 3D logo: the word TABER is all caps and silver over an inverted triangle made with 5 gold horizontal bars, a drop shadow beneath, in front of a white background

Become a customer today! Visit us, request a quote or call us at (888) 985-5319.

More About Taber Extrusions: 

Founded in 1973, Taber Extrusions pioneered a process for extruding rectangular billets that allows them to create solid profiles up to 31 inches wide and hollow profiles up to 29 inches wide. In 1995, Taber purchased an extrusion facility in Gulfport, MS, which houses a state-of-the-art cast house, two additional presses,  microextrusion capabilities, and multiple expansions to the fabrication area.

The company continues to extrude billet in a wide range of alloys and sizes and has diversified its markets beyond military to include aerospace, automotive, marine, infrastructure, and sporting goods. Taber provides cast and extruded products to these market in a variety of soft and hard alloys.

In addition, Taber Extrusions has in-house friction stir welding capabilities, and continues to offer extruded aluminum components, value-added machining services, and raw material supply to the North American market. THis makes them a vertically integrated supplier of FSW panels and assemblies never before seen in North America.

Follow Taber Extrusions

LINKEDIN: https://www.linkedin.com/company/8843183/

FACEBOOK: https://www.facebook.com/taberextrusions/

FACEBOOK: https://www.facebook.com/taberrecruitment

TWITTER: https://twitter.com/taberextrusions

In Focus Spotlight: Meet Shae Bradley

2023-08-08T20:38:35+00:00August 8th, 2023|

Taber Extrusions' In Focus Spotlight employee Shae Bradley

Meet this month’s In Focus Spotlight Shae Bradley, Customer Service Manager extraordinaire.

Job duties & responsibilities of Taber’s In Focus Spotlight:

I spend a lot of my day working with our customers to update them on the status of their orders, quotes for for new products as well as existing ones.  I enter purchase orders and run the normal sales reports.  I think the thing that sets this position apart being the point person that brings the customers and the production team together.  Taber is not just an extrusion business and our customers are more than just pieces of aluminum going out the door.  Our team works hard to make products that have a huge impact around the world and I think it’s important for all of us to see what our work makes possible and those it affects.

Where did you work prior to Taber; same industry or something totally different?

Before Taber, I worked in a completely different industry. I was a marine dealership and worked in both a Sales position and as the Finance Manager. 

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

Looking at the history of Taber and knowing our capabilities, Taber’s future has great potential.  I hope to add more authenticity to our relationships, integrity, and accountability. 

Hometown? 

I was born about 30 miles West of here in Clarksville, Arkansas but live in the Dover area now.

Family, children? 

I am the mom of a seven-year-old boy, Easton.  He’s as ornery as he is cute! I have an amazing family that consists of both the ones I was blessed with at birth and the ones that were hand picked throughout the years.

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

It seems all my favorite things have a season.  Right now, I’m helping coach my son’s baseball team.  I love bass fishing and my most anticipated hunting season is definitely duck season.  The past several years I’ve come to love jumping in the right seat to go flying.

Taber Extrusions' employee Shae Bradley with son
Taber Extrusions' Shae Bradley with young baseball team

Favorite part about working for Taber so far?

Each day is different and I get to work with some pretty great people.

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

I don’t really think there is another company with the exact same things. Taber’s capabilities are very unique. We offer the same type services, but the combination of our large press, friction stir welding, fabrication and micro extrusions sets us apart.

Taber is growing rapidly. Any advice for those looking to join the Taber team?

Be open-minded and ready to learn. There hasn’t been a day that I haven’t learned something new.

What do you think the future holds for Taber?

The future is wide open and can be whatever we commit to make it.

Taber Extrusions' 3D logo: the word TABER is all caps and silver over an inverted triangle made with 5 gold horizontal bars, a drop shadow beneath, in front of a white background

Learn about other team members of Taber Extrusions through our In Focus Spotlight.

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

Become a customer today! Visit us or request a quote: https://taberextrusions.com or call us at (888) 985-5319.

More 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 new state-of-the-art cast house and two additional presses, microextrusion capabilities, and the fabrication area has been expanded multiple times.

 

Taber Extrusions' In Focus employee Shae Bradley standing in front of yellow plane

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 has completed the addition of in-house friction stir welding capabilities, and carries on their offering of extruded aluminum components, value-added machining services, and raw material supply to the North American market – making them a vertically integrated supplier of FSW panels and assemblies never before seen in North America.

Follow Taber Extrusions

LINKEDIN: https://www.linkedin.com/company/8843183/

FACEBOOK: https://www.facebook.com/taberextrusions/

FACEBOOK: https://www.facebook.com/taberrecruitment

TWITTER: https://twitter.com/taberextrusions

In Focus Spotlight: Meet Ashley Johnson

2023-05-12T00:11:01+00:00May 12th, 2023|

Headshot of Taber Extrusions' In Focus Spotlight Ashley Johnson, customer service rep: african-american woman with black framed triangular glasses

Name and Formal title at Taber Extrusions

Ashley Johnson, Customer Service Sales Representative

What are your job duties & responsibilities?

Provide product/services information, answer questions, and resolve any emerging problems that our customer accounts might face with accuracy and efficiency.

Where did you work prior to Taber; same industry or something totally different?

I have always worked in Customer Service. Prior to coming to Taber, I worked at The Home Depot working in the Customer Service and Receiving departments. I have also been and still currently in the US Army Reserves for the last 8 years. I am a First Lieutenant with a specialty in Seaport Operations/Logistics.

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

I hope to bring integrity, work ethic, and accountability. I’m not the talkative type but I do pride myself on leading by example. I’ve never distanced myself from wanting to learn something new or asking for assistance. I value teamwork in making the dream work and always getting the job done.

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

I love sports! When I’m not at work, you can catch me watching a sporting event; basketball is my favorite by far with tennis a close second. I also enjoy reading and listening to music as well. I find it being such a calming force for myself.

Hometown?

I was born in Royal Oak, Michigan, but my father’s job moved my family down to Biloxi, MS when I was 5 years old, and I have been here ever since. So, I truly feel like the Gulf Coast is where I’m from.

Taber Extrusions' In Focus Spotlight Ashley Johnson, customer service rep, standing in front of water and cruise ships wearing striped shirt and blue shorts

Family? Children?

Family is everything to me. I have my parents, my twin sister Deena and my two older brothers, Phillip and Ben, and my nephew and niece, Malachi and Makayla. I also have other family members that I see quite often, so it is never a dull moment!

Family with five people from Taber Extrusions' In Focus Spotlight Ashley Johnson, customer service rep

Favorite part about working for Taber so far?

Of all the places I have worked, I have never felt more of a family atmosphere than here at Taber. I love coming to work with positive people everywhere you turn; it is refreshing, and I am truly grateful for it.

Taber Extrusions' In Focus Spotlight Ashley Johnson, customer service rep, wearing climbing gear with another individual

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

In my position, the one thing that sets us apart is the willingness to make sure our customers are well taken care of and working and taking care of their needs as soon as possible. If a customer has a concern or question, we try our best to accommodate them with the best possible outcome that benefits both the customer and Taber.

Taber is growing rapidly. Any advice for those looking to join the Taber team?

I would say come ready to work and allow yourself time to grow, because there is a lot to learn in the extrusion industry, no matter what department you’re in.

What do you think the future holds for Taber?

I think the future is bright here at Taber. If the collective continues to have a desire to improve and continue to set and meet goals, the future at Taber will always be bright.

More 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 new state-of-the-art cast house and two additional presses, microextrusion capabilities, and the fabrication area has been expanded multiple times.

Taber Extrusions' 3D logo: the word TABER is all caps and silver over an inverted triangle made with 5 gold horizontal bars, a drop shadow beneath, in front of a white background

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 has completed the addition of in-house friction stir welding capabilities, and carries on their offering of extruded aluminum components, value-added machining services, and raw material supply to the North American market – making them a vertically integrated supplier of FSW panels and assemblies never before seen in North America.

Follow Taber Extrusions

LINKEDIN: https://www.linkedin.com/company/8843183/

FACEBOOK: https://www.facebook.com/taberrecruitment

FACEBOOK: https://www.facebook.com/taberextrusions/

TWITTER: https://twitter.com/taberextrusions

Learn about other team members of Taber Extrusions through our In Focus Spotlight.

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

Become a customer today! Visit us or request a quote: https://taberextrusions.com or call us at (888) 985-5319.

In Focus Spotlight: Meet Aundrea Clayton

2023-02-07T23:10:57+00:00February 7th, 2023|

A profile of Taber Extrusions' In Focus Spotlight, talent acquisition and resource manager, Aundrea Clayton

Name and Formal title at Taber

Aundrea Clayton, Talent Acquisition & Retention Specialist

What are your job duties & responsibilities?

Attract, recruit and guide candidates through the selection process; work with managers and supervisors to continuously improve the overall employee experience to drive retention and support turnover/stability goals.  This gives the opportunity to really get to know our employees.

Where did you work prior to Taber; same industry or something totally different?

I have worked in the workforce development field for more than a decade.  I am a certified Career Development Facilitator and I partnered with Taber for years in my previous position to provide staffing solutions.

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

In my position I am able to really get to know our employees and provide support. I am the first member of Team Taber that new employees speak and meet with, and I work diligently to ensure our employees feel valued and respected. All of us at Taber work to embody our core values of stewardship, ownership, integrity, and respect. My hope is that employees see me as someone who cares about them and about the success of Taber.

Taber Extrusions' In Focus Spotlight Aundrea Clayton in side-by-side images: with another female in red football t-shirts and blue jeans on left, in a boat holding a fish on the right
Side-by-side image of Taber Extrusions' In Focus Spotlight Aundrea Clayton with husband on the left and with daughters on the right.

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

When I’m not at work, you would find me spending time with my family.  We enjoy the outdoors and just spending time hanging out. During college football season you would find us watching the Hogs play…WPS!  I also help coach my grandchildren’s sports teams.

Hometown? 

I was born and raised here in Pope County.  I am a graduate of Dover High School and Arkansas Tech University.

Family? Children?

Family is my priority!  My parents are a big part of my life, my husband was one of my best friends growing up and still is today.  We have 2 grown daughters; Madison and Delaney and 4 of the most amazing grandchildren; Blakeleigh, Aubree, Phoebe and Treat.

Collage with Taber Extrusions' In Focus Spotlight Aundrea Clayton: top image with extended family, four images below with Aundrea and children.

Favorite part about working for Taber so far?

My favorite part about working at Taber is definitely the people!  This is the part of my job that is so much fun, I am able to get to know our employees.  We have some of the hardest working individuals in the Arkansas River Valley.  I am proud to have the opportunity to work with this team.

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

We are constantly working towards improvement.  In my role, I am able to recruit not only hardworking, skilled candidates but also those who have a positive attitude and embody our core values.

Taber is growing rapidly. Any advice for those looking to join the Taber team?

I would say, get to know Taber!  At Taber you have a voice that will be heard by leadership. If you are hardworking and want to be a part of a great team, take a look at what we have to offer!

What do you think the future holds for Taber?

I see a strong future for Taber which includes growth and continuous improvement.

Taber Extrusions' 3D logo: the word TABER is all caps and silver over an inverted triangle made with 5 gold horizontal bars, a drop shadow beneath, in front of a white background

More 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 new state-of-the-art cast house and two additional presses, microextrusion capabilities, 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 has completed the addition of in-house friction stir welding capabilities, and carries on their offering of extruded aluminum components, value-added machining services, and raw material supply to the North American market – making them a vertically integrated supplier of FSW panels and assemblies never before seen in North America.

Follow Taber Extrusions

LINKEDIN: https://www.linkedin.com/company/8843183/

FACEBOOK: https://www.facebook.com/taberrecruitment

FACEBOOK: https://www.facebook.com/taberextrusions/

TWITTER: https://twitter.com/taberextrusions

Learn about other team members of Taber Extrusions through our In Focus Spotlight.

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

Become a customer today! Visit us or request a quote: https://taberextrusions.com or call us at (888) 985-5319.

In Focus: Leslie Schreckhise

2019-05-16T23:12:02+00:00May 16th, 2019|

Your formal title at Taber  

Human Resources Manager

Your job duties & responsibilities 

At Taber, we have an HR Department of 1, so I am responsible for everything from recruiting, hiring, on-boarding to terminations, and everything in between!  As a part of the leadership team, I am challenged to encourage reduced turnover, employee engagement, and culture of continuous learning and development.

How long have you been at Taber? 

I started at Taber on 6/23/2015 as the Accounting Specialist, then in January of 2016 I became the HR Manager; so going on 4 years now.

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

This is my first time to work in the manufacturing industry; my past experience has been at Financial Institutions and Government, such as State and Borough, which is definitely entirely different!

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

When not working, and if I’m not with my family, you would find me either shopping or traveling – those are my 2 favorite things, and when I can combine the 2 – even better!

Hometown? 

I was born in Ft. Smith, AR, but left there with my family when I was just 5 to move to British Columbia.  We returned to Arkansas when I was 14.  Throughout most of my married life, I have lived in Alaska

Family, children? 

 I’ve been married to my husband for 31 years, we have three children, each married and between them I am “Noni” 8 grandchildren all under the age of 5!  My family is my life!  I love being with them.  It is especially high energy when we are all together, which happens nearly every Sunday.

What would “your perfect day” consist of? 

A perfect day for me really varies, but it should always include sunshine and either a beach or swimming pool!

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

At Taber, I am surrounded by team full of smart, innovative people who challenge me to learn more and continually improve.  This is a fascinating world with new challenges and victories every day.  I am never bored at Taber!

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

As I mentioned earlier, this is my first time in this industry, so I am not too familiar with other companies that produce the exact same thing, but I do know that there are few that have as broad of capabilities that we do here at Taber.  I believe that what sets us apart is our family-like culture, we all care for and support each other as family.

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

Everyday I strive to bring a positive attitude, a smile, and an uplifting conversation regardless of what is going on.  I always hope that whether someone is having a rough day at work, or maybe they are having to deal with issues at home, or even if everything is all good when they encounter me, it is a bright spot in their day. I strive to set the tone for a positive culture, free of drama and hope that the example I set inspires growth.

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

I can’t think of another place I’d rather be right now, but I must say that before I came to Taber, I never thought I would work in any manufacturing-type industry.  I have enjoyed my growth throughout my journey from one position to the next, and I have found that here at Taber each day greets me with new challenge!

Taber is growing rapidly. Any advice for those looking to join the Taber team?

Taber is growing rapidly, and my advice for anyone looking to join our team is you should come on with an open mind to change, a willingness and a commitment to be a part of a solution and improvement, take pride in your work, it’s a very important piece of the big picture.

What do you think the future holds for Taber?

As it is stated – the sky is the limit!  Our leadership is constantly looking for ways to grow and expand, so who knows exactly what is on our horizon!  But, you can be sure that whatever it is will be forward moving, ever evolving and growing with plenty of opportunity for the right talent!

IN FOCUS: Mike Keenan

2018-10-09T00:57:52+00:00October 9th, 2018|

Your formal title at Taber

Plant Manager

Your job duties & responsibilities

Presently responsible for all manufacturing activities for the Taber Gulfport location.

How long have you been at Taber?

May 8, 2018 made 40 years. I started in Extrusion as a helper. After a couple of years was lucky enough to be selected for a Tool and Die Maker apprenticeship program; learning to build extrusion dies. After 8 years I moved back to Extrusion as a Shift Supervisor; then to Fabrication, later Production Control/Shipping and finally into Operations Management.

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

I came to the Gulfport plant for a summer job after finishing JR College and never left.  Prior to that I was a Short Order Cook thru high school and college. This is basically the only place I have worked as an adult.

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

In my off time I enjoy fishing in the Gulf of Mexico and spending time with our local grandchildren. When there is time for travel my favorite destination is anywhere in the Caribbean. As well as the Smoky Mountains.

Hometown?

I grew up and have lived most of my life in Long Beach, MS. I have never lived anywhere off the Mississippi Coast.

Family, children? 

My Wife Sharon and I celebrated our 30th wedding anniversary in June of this year. We have 6 children who are all grown. 2 are mine, 2 are hers, and 2 we informally adopted after we decided not have children of our own.  We have 6 grandchildren and are expecting the arrival of 2 more around the end of this year.

What would “your perfect day” consist of? 

Wade fishing for Speckled Trout around the barrier islands off the Mississippi coast with my son’s.   Then having a fish fry if we returned with a good catch.

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

The Gulfport plant has a very diverse customer base. It is something different just about every day. Also working with my co-workers. Many who have been at Taber for many years. Seeing products develop from a customer drawing to a finished product for our customers is very rewarding.

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

Taber is different than most extruders. Between the two plants we have very broad capabilities. WE manufacture products that other extruders would not even consider.  The upgrade to the Cast House is also a huge advantage.  We are fully captive and self-supporting from a raw material perspective.

 We will always be impacted by the worldwide aluminum market. However; when you consider the recent “billet shortage” we were able to keep our plants supplied with billet where some other companies in our industry have really struggled to keep their raw material supply chain full without business interruptions.

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

I have always tried to lead by example. I am hands on and want to be involved and help our management team be successful. We are all linked together and each member of management has a very important role leading to the success and longevity of Taber. I always want to be available to help fill in the gaps where needed.

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

More than likely working for or owning a machine shop. Both My Father and Grand Father worked at the Gulfport Plant. My Father a Tool and Die Maker and My Grandfather a Machinist. Earlier in my working career I was a Tool and Die Maker at the plant; building extrusion dies. It is something I really enjoyed; building something from a piece of steel and seeing how the finished product performed. When I retire perhaps I can take that back up as a hobby?

What do you think the future holds for Taber?

The future of Taber looks very bright. With the support of National Material WE continue to position ourselves with capabilities that separate Taber from a lot of our competitors. Modern Billet Casting, Micro Extrusion, Fabrication Capabilities, a Broad range of alloy offers and press container sizes. All of this enables us to change and evolve with the everchanging worldwide aluminum market.

IN FOCUS: William Stout

2018-06-01T16:34:14+00:00May 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.

IN FOCUS: Jason Weber

2018-01-29T17:21:06+00:00January 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.

IN FOCUS: Leslie Christy

2017-11-09T21:20:37+00:00October 6th, 2017|

Taber Employee Spotlight – Leslie Christy – Shipping / Supply Chain Clerk “Wearer of Many Hats”

Since starting at Taber Extrusions in August of 2015, Leslie Christy has, shall we say, worn a colorful collection of hats. She entered Taber as a shipping coordinator for the extrusion plant, and has since gained experience in sales, inventory, shipping, scheduling the metlsaw, and various responsibilities in the fabrication department.

“I love working at Taber,” says Leslie, “Most people spend more time with their ‘work-family’ than with their ‘home- family.’ I feel very fortunate that I really enjoy spending time with my work family. Everyone here at Taber shares similar interests and ethics. Most of the employees here in Russellville appreciate the outdoors, and all the activities that come along with living in an area rich in nature.” In her spare time, Leslie and her family love exploring local spots like Lake Dardanelle, Mount Nebo State Park, and Mount Magazine. Christy is married, with a daughter, son, and 3 grandkids – all located in the Russellville area. “We all have the best time together. My husband and I love a good ride through the countryside on the motorcycle – and nothing beats spending time outside with the whole family. We are pretty blessed.”

A Russellville native, Leslie Christy knows exactly which neighborhood spots to recommend for a good burger & cheesy potatoes (Fat Daddy) or the best sweeping sunset view in Russellville (Mt. Nebo) – but she also has some recommendations concerning her work family at Taber. “I think Taber Extrusions needs to keep doing exactly what we’ve been doing, and the sky will be the limit. The cast house expansion and upgraded fabrication facility has made everyone really excited. We are a close knit group, and want to share a successful future together.”

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