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20 08, 2019


2019-08-20T18:04:27+00:00August 20th, 2019|

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Jeffrey Bladow, Director of New Business Development, Taber Extrusions

Founded in 1973, Taber Extrusions has earned their reputation as leader in aluminum extrusions, fabrication, billet casting, and micro-extrusions. The addition of in-house Friction Stir Welding Capabilities creates a vertically integrated supplier of FSW panels and assemblies never before seen in North America. The companies’ rapid growth initiated the presence of Jeffrey Bladow, Taber’s recently appointed Director of New Business Development. Read on for an exclusive Q&A with Mr. Bladow!

Q: Job duties & responsibilities.

A: Help lead business growth, assist in building strategy and be a technical voice to the customer regarding Taber’s new processes and applications

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

A: Over 25 years in Automotive Design and manufacturing. Extensive experience in structures design, high strength steel applications and the launch of large capital projects. …. the last 6 years concentrating on growing the knowledge base and real world applications for aluminum and aluminum extrusions. How to replace steel with aluminum…some say …..is my forte.

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

A: Taber is unique due to its ability to shape aluminum into various shapes and applications from very large to small.  Taber solves multi-faceted problems.  I knew this company would fit my management style because I encourage critical thinking, continuous improvement and a no fear approach to growing and entering new markets.  I enjoy working side by side with problem solvers and relish in the satisfaction in helping our customer’s develop the products of the future. Today’s market is demanding lighter weight, higher performing applications that Taber makes today. There is a growing market demand that Taber can supply.   I hope to further engage and create an exciting atmosphere for all of our team as we respond to the opportunity ahead of us.  I will encourage and lead a mindset of continuous improvement and a fun family atmosphere to work in.  Our society will continue to demand Taber’s unique products.  We will make the world a better and more efficient place.

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

A: I get a kick out of working on old cars, motorcycles, tractors and have enjoyed the private pilot hobby. Preserving the mechanical wonders that have shaped our world is interesting to me.  I enjoy teaching young people about industry and devices of our world. I enjoy nature and hiking and marveling at the natural wonders of this world. A simple walk in the woods is always good for me.

Q: What are you working on now?

A: My full focus is commercializing Taber’s friction stir welding equipment and micro-extrusions technology. For FSW, we’re selling to electric vehicle manufacturers, ship building, military, bridges & infrastructure, aerospace… a wide range of markets. For our micro-extrusion technology, we’re concentrating on electronics, military, medical, aerospace, industrial… again, a large scope of industries.

Q: Hometown?

A: Grew up in a family construction business and then the automotive industry in Chicago…moved to Detroit to work at Ford Motor Company and I now reside in the Detroit Metro area, a center of Best in class manufacturing and lightweight design.

Q: Cubs or Sox?

A: Cubs!

Q: Do you like Eminem? (lol) How does working in the South now compare?

A: He’s alright but I’m much more of a classic rock guy. As far as working in different regions, my work has always included a lot of travel, including Texas. I enjoy working with people from all over the country. Especially when I’m doing things that make a better life for others, things that improve society as a whole. I guess that’s me being an engineer at heart, always looking for “the better angle” – how I can help improve something. The people in the South are a bit warmer, more relaxed… the speed a little slower. It’s great. No matter where you go, the people have something of value to offer, you just need to pay attention.

Jeffrey with his wife and daughters

Q: Family, children?

A: Wife: Jennifer working as a data analytics leader at General electric….Twin daughters, identical girls, 20 years old, both attend the highly ranked College for Creative Studies (CCS) in Detroit studying illustration, product and fashion design. They each have their unique style and approach. Some of their creative ability came from their Father of course. Lol.

Q: You were joking, but there actually, creative style does exist in the aluminum extrusion industry. What comes to mind when you think about creativity in your business?

A:  Yes, this is a creative field… all these products are designed. They have to be created. One must turn clay into reality. When I was working at Ford Motor Company, it was all about creating something feasible…. Finding creative solutions. It still is. We must create a solution that begins with design and carries through the entire product development cycle.

Jeffrey with his wife and daughters

Q: What’s it like being the father of identical twins?!

A: I’m an engineer. Twins are much more efficient! When I found out we were having twins, I had a conversation with our doctor, who was also the father of twins. He basically said the same thing; “You’ll be carrying one anyways, so you can carry another. You’ll be bottle feeding one anyways, so you can feed another, etc. You’re doubling up, and it’s very efficient!” In their early years, they would try and fool us with their identities. And for awhile, I think they thought they were the same person. Lol – it was fun, that was a very fun time in our lives. Today they have carved out their own identities and are doing great in life, finding their paths.

Q: Favorite part about working for Taber so far?

A: I like the people at Taber and I think we can accomplish anything and have fun doing it.

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

A: Taber delivers, successfully, many unique products, some large and very difficult parts to manufacture. This is a Taber competitive advantage. Taber is uniquely and well positioned to grow in these markets.

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

A: Taber will continue to grow in this new economy of lightweight products. Not a large corporation but a family making our future brighter and more efficient. An environment that reaches across the country with many diverse customers, applications and processes. There is always something to be excited about.

Q: What do you think the future holds for Taber?

A: If Taber continues to invest wisely into its existing and new processes, continues to use a discipline of continuous improvement, expands its family of employees, leverages its unique processes of new economy light weight applications and is courageous and aggressive enough to grow. We will.

Link with Jeffrey Bladow: https://www.linkedin.com/in/jeffrey-bladow-3521861/

About Taber Extrusions

Taber is a minority business enterprise which is AS9100, NADCAP, and ABS certified. Founded in 1973, Taber Extrusions originally pioneered a process for extruding rectangular billet which enables the company to extrude solid profiles up to 31 inches wide or hollows up to 29 inches. Taber expanded with the purchase of an extrusion facility in Gulfport, MS., in 1995 which houses a cast house and two additional presses, and multiple expansions of value added fabrication services. Taber continues to extrude billet in a wide range of alloys and sizes, including 7”billet molds, 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 extruded products in a variety of soft and hard alloys. In 2018, Taber added ultra-precision extrusions to their capabilities allowing them to further serve customers in electronics, computer, and medical industries. Today Taber is proud to announce yet another exciting launch into Friction Stir Welding.

Thank you for your continued support of Taber Extrusions, LLC. If you have any questions please visit taberextrusions.com or contact jweber@taberextrusions.com.

Follow Taber Extrusions:
LINKEDIN: https://www.linkedin.com/company/taberextrusions/
FACEBOOK: https://www.facebook.com/taberextrusions/
TWITTER: https://twitter.com/taberextrusions

25 06, 2019

Taber Extrusions: Shaping Russellville, Arkansas Since 1973

2019-06-25T20:47:40+00:00June 25th, 2019|

Taber’s Russellville, Arkansas location marked on a map and the words “The Shape of Endless Possibilities

“We cannot live only for ourselves. A thousand fibers connect us with our fellow men.” – Herman Melville

Taber is known around the globe for our broad and unique range of capabilities. We have one of the largest aluminum extrusion presses in North America. Our upgraded cast house facility has enhanced our offerings. The acquisition of microextrusion capabilities expanded our product lines– and now, the addition of friction stir-welding,  gives Taber an operational edge that is unmatched within the industry.

Humble beginnings

Taber Extrusions was founded in 1973, when the Taber family acquired an aluminum extrusion plant in Russellville, Arkansas from Dow Chemical (which had originally built the plant in 1970). National Material Company L.P. (NMLP) later purchased the company in 1976. The Arkansas facility was originally dedicated to the production of specific military- related, large, wide, and long extrusions for the U.S. Government.

The Russellville location serves as Taber’s corporate headquarters, and in 2014, fabrication capabilities were added to the Russellville facility.

Late night street corner in downtown Russellville, Arkansas after a fresh rainfall.

Helping shape our community

At Taber, we care about our employees. We care about the communities in which our employees live and work. Our goal is to provide our employees with a safe and secure workplace with an emphasis on personal and professional development, as well as cultivating an attitude focused on delivering genuine and reliable service. Excellent customer service will always stand out, and Taber enjoys the many long-term relationships we’ve developed over the years as a result of the personal accountability that our employees give to our customers.

Forming and shaping the identity of a community is one of the greatest things about Taber’s position. Not only are local businesses like Taber a crucial element in creating a culture for the community, but they also build connections and relationships with the people.

Congressman Steve Womack visit

At our ground-breaking ceremony, in Russellville, Arkansas that announced our friction stir-welding capabilities to the community, Congressman Steve Womack described how he sees Taber’s role from both a local and national perspective,

“The expansion of an existing company such as Taber Extrusions means a lot more than the location of a new company. It means that Taber is in the right place and has what it needs to succeed. Taber plays an important role in the defense of our nation with products that are an asset to our defense capabilities.” It is important to note that Taber historically provides for many industries, including aerospace, shipbuilding, infrastructure, automotive, as well as military and defense.

Arkansas Local and state leaders pose with groundbreaking shovels alongside Taber executives and employees at a sunny April 2019 afternoon ceremony.

Work at Taber Extrusions

Our people are the reason that Taber has been so successful for so many years. As an extruder with extremely broad and unique capabilities there is no question that our employees have been the foundation of our success. We have developed an atmosphere where our people are respected and appreciated. The Taber family plans to continue to foster careers that are right for our people, and right for our business. There is no question: our employees power our success.

Taber is growing fast and we are seeking talent in engineering, operations, sales, and more! You may be exactly what we’re looking for in our vision for future growth. Feel free to apply and place your resume in our database. We have an extensive community of career opportunities, and we are always on the hunt for great talent and professionals. You can also apply to an open position which will either match you to your next career move or place you in our network to receive job updates.

View our open career listings here!

Taber Extrusions is proudly certified as an MBE supplier for aluminum extrusions by the Chicago Minority Supplier Development Council.

More on Taber Extrusions: 

Founded in 1973, Taber Extrusions originally pioneered a process for extruding rectangular billets 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 casthouse and two additional presses, with a fabrication area that has been expanded multiple times. Besides their recently expanded capabilities to include microextrusions and 7” billet molds, Taber Extrusions is proud to announce friction stir-welding technology. The addition of in-house FSW capabilities creates a vertically integrated supplier of FSW panels and assemblies never before seen in North America.

20 05, 2019

The Many Advantages of Friction Stir Welding

2019-07-10T20:30:03+00:00May 20th, 2019|

The many advantages of friction stir welding infographic

About Taber: 

Founded in 1973, Taber Extrusions originally pioneered a process for extruding rectangular billets 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 casthouse and two additional presses, with a fabrication area that has been expanded multiple times. Today, Taber Extrusions is proud to announce the launch of expanded capabilities to include microextrusions and 7” billet molds.

Follow Taber Extrusions:

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

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

TWITTER: https://twitter.com/taberextrusions

16 05, 2019

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!


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!

10 04, 2019

The History of Taber Extrusions

2019-05-17T17:02:41+00:00April 10th, 2019|

Taber Extrusions history at a glance.

Russellville, Arkansas aluminum extrusion plant built by Dow Chemical.

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Taber Extrusions founded in Russellville, Arkansas: pioneered a process for extruding rectangular billet, enabling the extrusion of solid profiles up to 31 inches wide or hollows up to 29 inches.

Taber Extrusions purchased by National Material, L.P.

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Gulfport, Mississippi facility was acquired: extrusions, cast house, & fabrication.

Taber upgrades Russellville fabrication facility.

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Aluminum cast house expansion completed: currently Taber offers 7″, 8″, 9″, 11″, 16″, 20″ & 10″x 20″ rectangular billet molds.

Taber adds Ultra Precision® Extrusion capabilities: microextrusion production of precision aluminum components.

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Taber expands their capabilities yet again!