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2 02, 2024

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

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

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TWITTER: https://twitter.com/taberextrusions

28 01, 2024

A Year in Review: Best Aluminum Extrusion Blogs by Taber Extrusions

2024-02-28T16:21:36+00:00January 28th, 2024|

A black paper cutout of the word “BLOG” stands out, with a notebook and pen beneath. In the center, the Taber logo is encircled by L-shaped borders in gold and blue, creating a stylish composition.

Taber Extrusions goes beyond being a premiere aluminum extruder; but serves as a comprehensive resource, offering valuable insights and practical solutions to common industry challenges through providing the best aluminum extrusion blogs possible. Covering everything from news and trends to tips for enhancing extrusion capabilities, Taber ensures that you stay well-informed.

Here’s some of our favorite aluminum extrusion blogs of 2023:

1. Large Aluminum Extrusion Design

Are you ready to go BIG? This blog talks about how Taber elevates aluminum extrusion capabilities to new heights. With an exclusive rectangular container, they lead the industry in producing some of the widest and most complex multi-void hollows. Their large press capability, exemplified by the 8600-ton press, ensures the transformation of big dreams into reality. Explore the advantages of partnering with Taber, from reduced assembly time to streamlined design possibilities. Go BIG with Taber— where innovation meets excellence.

Graphic with a background of 3 black and white photos. A poem about aluminum in a white font is printed on the photos. The one on the left is a photo of a high-rise building, the one on the top right is a photo of a plane, and the one on the bottom right is a photo of a ship
A portrait slide containing Tabers’ seven types of alloys and their descriptions.

2. Which Aluminum Alloys are Best for Welding?

Welding joins two or more metal pieces, creating a permanent and robust bond. Various welding techniques, including GTAW, GMAW, FSW, and laser welding, can be used for welding aluminum metals. However, welding aluminum can be challenging because of the oxide layer on its surface and its high thermal conductivity. The aluminum must be appropriately cleaned and decreased beforehand for a successful welding. Furthermore, you should use the appropriate welding technique and filler material.

If you’re curious about welding aluminum and want to know more about the different techniques and materials, you should check out this helpful blog post. It’s written in an easy-to-understand manner that’s perfect for anyone who interested in learning about welding, aluminum alloys, and metals joining.

3. Aluminum Extrusions for Military & Defense

Aluminum extrusions offer a lightweight yet sturdy framework, enabling easy customization into diverse shapes. In this blog by Taber, the focus is on the extensive application of aluminum extrusion in the aerospace industry, where it plays a pivotal role in reducing the weight of aircraft, enhancing fuel efficiency, and ensuring structural strength. Armored vehicles similarly leverage aluminum extrusions to fashion lightweight armor capable of withstanding gunfire, explosions, and fire.

: A collage of five applications of aluminum extrusions in the military and defense sector.

This article also underscores Taber’s steadfast commitment and continuous supply of aluminum extrusions to the military and defense sectors.

The top of the Statue of Liberty is on the left with the Taber logo below it. The headline to the right of the Statue of Liberty says, “The Shape of Endless Possibilities — Taber Extrusions” above a collage of four images of Taber Extrusions’ equipment and their warehouse.

Read the full blog here.

4. BABA-Certified: Aluminum Extrusions Manufacturer Sourced in the USA

The Build America, Buy America (BABA) Act is a set of rules that requires the government to buy things made in the USA for government-funded projects. Taber Extrusions is a company that proudly manufactures aluminum parts to supply America’s military and defense sectors – committed to sourcing all parts in the USA responsibly and with top quality in mind. Aluminum is a versatile metal that offers benefits such as resistance to rust, good strength-to-weight ratio, and malleability for shaping. Taber offers many kinds of traditional aluminum extrusions and related processes, such as aluminum casting, fabrication, friction stir welding, and precision extruding.

5. Aluminum Extrusions: Material Comparisons

This blog post centers on the revolutionary impact of aluminum extrusions in modern construction, emphasizing Taber’s ability to intricately shape structures with precision. It underscores how aluminum outperforms alternative materials like wood, plastic, steel, and other metals. The article further highlights the diverse variations in aluminum materials, showcasing aluminum is a wise choice across various applications in the extrusion process.

If you’d like to explore more of Taber Extrusion’s aluminum extrusion blogs, visit taberextrusions.com and follow them on social media so you can receive new blog alerts!

Aligned on the left is the blog title, “Aluminum Extrusions: Material Comparisons,” which is written in a bold black font with a dark and light grey transparent background and the Taber logo beneath it. On the right, are a bunch of aluminum pieces that are unevenly, yet elegantly stacked vertically, showcasing different shaped profiles on a clear white background.

More about Taber Extrusions

Taber specializes in creating aluminum products in unique shapes and sizes to various industries such as aerospace, automotive, marine, infrastructure, and sporting goods.

Founded in 1973, Taber Extrusions has expanded its markets beyond the military and has become a leader in the industry. Working with various tools and capabilities to create custom solutions for their customers, Taber features micro-extrusions in precise shapes and sizes, friction stir welding services, and offers a wide array of aluminum alloy options. Taber also has a CNC machining line that allows them to create custom aluminum components serving a diverse range of industries. Taber offers value-added machining services and can provide raw materials to customers throughout North America.

Interested in becoming a part of the Taber team? Submit your resume to careers@taberextrusions.com. You can also visit taberextrusions.com or call Taber Extrusions directly at: 1-888-984-3795.

28 11, 2023

Micro Aluminum Extrusions: Best-Known Applications

2023-11-28T21:00:21+00:00November 28th, 2023|

Taber Extrusions’ company logo is above the headline “MICRO ALUMINUM EXTRUSIONS.” Four frames display the industries that Taber specializes in: jets (aerospace), motherboard (consumer electronics), hospital staff in an operating room (medical), and a construction site (industrial). Taber’s contact information is in the bottom right corner.

When it comes to high-quality precision extrusions, Taber Extrusions is at the forefront of industries like aerospace, medical technology, and consumer electronics. While their miniature extrusions may be small, they offer a large range of functions and benefits. This makes them invaluable in modern manufacturing processes. In this post, we’ll dive into the best-known applications for micro aluminum extrusions, and how they’re changing the game in some of the world’s most important industries.

What Are Micro Aluminum Extrusions?

Micro aluminum extrusions are like miniature sculptures hewn from aluminum, the versatile metal that’s shaped modern progress. Taber’s expertise lies in transforming raw aluminum into highly specialized micro extrusions, meticulously tailored for each industry’s unique demands. Whether it’s about designing miniature extrusions for intricate electronics, crafting aluminum microtubing for medical devices, or engineering extrusions that navigate the skies and roads, micro aluminum extrusions are the invisible heroes behind cutting-edge innovation. To learn more about the logistics of micro extrusions, watch Taber’s informational video here.

Advancing Medical Technology

One of the biggest sectors that benefit from micro aluminum extrusions is the medical technology industry. These small-scale extrusions are the go-to choice for medical companies  looking to manufacture life-saving devices. Due to the superior properties of aluminum, micro aluminum extrusions is the discerning choice.

What’s more, they are perfect for medical applications. Their precision-quality means that they can be produced to extremely tight tolerances. At Taber Extrusions, we’ve seen firsthand how micro extrusion technology has transformed the medical device market. Micro aluminum extrusions makes complex devices a reality.

A heatsink nested on an exposed computer’s motherboard.

Essential in Consumer Electronics

Another area where micro extrusions are essential is in the area of consumer electronics. Aluminum microtubing, which is strong and lightweight, has been used in a variety of products. Among the list are heat sinks on many circuit boards as well as cell phones, laptops, gaming consoles, and fitness trackers. As devices become smaller and more complex, ultra-precision aluminum extrusions have become a crucial component. For manufacturers looking to maximize both function and form, these extrusions are indispensable. Companies like Taber Extrusions are leading the charge in developing new ways to use micro extrusions in the consumer electronics sector.

Critical in Defense and Aerospace

The aerospace industry is another area where micro aluminum extrusions play a vital role. Whether it’s for public transportation or military applications, the aerospace sector demands incredibly high-quality components that can survive under extreme conditions. With their corrosion resistance, strength, and lightweight properties, these extrusions can deliver the performance that this industry requires. Such extrusions are also used in defense applications like armored vehicles, missiles, and guns.  Where strength and durability is needed, micro extrusions are an ideal choice.

The interior of an airplane cockpit showcasing various screens and dashboard components.

Versatile in Industrial Applications

There are many other industries in which micro aluminum extrusions are utilized. This includes construction, where precision extrusions are used to create everything from gutters to window frames. Additionally, U.S. aluminum extrusions are used in the automotive industry to create lightweight components that can help improve fuel efficiency. Furthermore, in the manufacturing sector, micro extrusions are at the forefront of the drive towards miniaturization. Micro parts and intricate shapes are becoming increasingly common in all types of products, from heavy-duty equipment to industrial machinery.

Micro Aluminum Extrusions Are EVERYWHERE

In conclusion, micro aluminum extrusions are a versatile and essential component for many industries. If your interest lies in exploring micro aluminum extrusion applications or in finding the top aluminum extrusion company, your search ends here!

At Taber Extrusions, we’re proud to be leading the way in this exciting industry. Our top-quality products have helped our clients achieve their goals time and time again.

 

More About Taber Extrusions

 Established in 1973, Taber Extrusions holds its origin in pioneering the process of extruding rectangular billets. This unique capability empowers the company to craft solid profiles spanning up to 31 inches in width and hollow structures reaching 29 inches. The growth trajectory continued with the acquisition of an extrusion facility in Gulfport, MS, in 1995. This facility houses a cutting-edge cast house, two additional presses, micro-extrusion capabilities, and an expanded fabrication area that has seen multiple augmentations over the years.

Follow Taber Extrusions

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

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

TWITTER: https://twitter.com/taberextrusions

YOUTUBE: https://www.youtube.com/@TaberExtrusions

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

2 11, 2023

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

27 10, 2023

U.S. Aluminum Extruder Study: Aluminum Extrusions in Energy

2023-10-27T16:56:53+00:00October 27th, 2023|

Creative graphic featuring images of aluminum extrusions used in solar energy with the words “Aluminum Extrusions in Energy” in blue font. Official Taber Extrusions logo and www.taberextrusions.com at the bottom.

In our past articles, we’ve delved into the many benefits of aluminum and its role in shaping and building everything around us. This generous element with its many properties has proven time and again how it became the go-to material for designers and engineers across all sectors.

Today, we’ll be looking into how aluminum — particularly the aluminum extrusion industry — plays a role in a sector that is rapidly growing and changing how we harness the power of nature around us — energy.

The dynamic and symbiotic relationship between these sectors is pivotal to our world today. It is only fitting that we at Taber, a U.S. aluminum extruder company and among the industry leaders in sustainable aluminum products, showcase how we can make the most of this relationship to effectively harness renewable energy that is readily available to us.

As Elon Musk put it, “We have this handy fusion reactor in the sky called the sun; you don’t have to do anything, it just works. It shows up every day.”

 

Aluminum Extrusion Industry + Energy Sector = Sustainable Limitless Energy

The aluminum extrusion industry presents a myriad of offerings to the energy sector, positioning itself as a cornerstone of sustainable innovation. Leveraging the unique properties of aluminum, the extrusion process enhances the metal and makes it possible to create profiles that can be used for a variety of components. These components are essential for optimizing efficiency in various applications such as wind turbines, solar panels, and transmission systems to name a few.

What does aluminum extrusion offer compared to other metals?

  • Versatility in shape and design ✅
  • Durability and resistance to corrosion ✅
  • High thermal conductivity ✅
  • Reflective surface ✅
  • High strength-to-weight ratio ✅
  • Cost efficiency and decreased maintenance ✅
  • Unlimited recyclability ✅

 

Solar Energy 

The most common and widely used form of solar energy today is photovoltaic solar panels or PV systems that harness radiant light from the sun and convert it to electricity. They are utilized for both small and large-scale applications providing electricity that power small electronic devices to large sun farms that can provide power to entire cities.

From the left of a four-panel frame is a silhouette of three towering wind turbines with a coastal sunset, solar panels facing upward under a mostly clear blue sunny sky, a glass facade of a modern building reflecting tall green trees, and a rustic hydropower dam with water raging down onto a body of water with rocks on the shore.

Aluminum extruded components are widely used in PV systems because of their rich properties. In a 2020 study by the World Bank, PV systems use 85% aluminum for their systems. Taber Extrusions offers a wide range of profiles and extrusion capabilities for your solar energy components:

Solar panel frames

The lightweight nature of aluminum ensures that the frames do not add unnecessary weight to the PV system. Additionally, the resistance to corrosion properties of aluminum enables the frames to withstand exposure to various weather conditions.

Mounting systems (racking and trackers)

Mounting systems, which secure solar panels to rooftops, ground installations, or other structures, use aluminum extrusions. One reason they are used is because of strong and adaptable frameworks that can be customized to fit different installation scenarios.

Heat sinks and dissipators

Solar panels can generate heat during operation, which can impact their efficiency. Aluminum’s high thermal conductivity makes it an excellent choice for creating heat sinks and dissipators, that help regulate the temperature of the solar panels and maintain their optimal performance.

Enclosures and junction boxes

Extruded aluminum is used to create enclosures and junction boxes that house electrical components within the PV system. They protect electrical and mechanical components from environmental factors and allow efficient heat dissipation.

Wind Energy

Wind turbines or mills predominantly use other materials such as steel, copper, plastic, and wood. According to the USGS, wind energy uses about 2% aluminum in its production. However, in recent years, aluminum is catching on because of the properties that make it easy to work with and its proven economic benefits.

It outperforms all other metals in terms of corrosion resistance, making it exceptionally well-suited for maritime environments. It is particularly advantageous for offshore wind turbines, where the onslaught of waves, humidity, salty sea air, and storms can accelerate corrosion.

According to an article by alcirclebiz.com, while copper typically reigns supreme as the wiring material of choice, experts in the field of wind turbines are now exploring an alternative: aluminum. Aluminum wiring cost less compared to copper helping reduce project costs. It also weighs approximately 70% less than copper, rendering electrical cables crafted from aluminum not only lightweight but also easier to install.

Hydropower Energy

A hydropower plant generates energy using the motion of water. The water is directed through a pipe, known as a penstock, where it exerts pressure on turbine blades. In turn, these blades are set into motion, causing the turbine to rotate and drive a generator, ultimately producing electricity. Because water causes corrosion to some metals, aluminum alloys are used to reduce cost and corrosion in components.

Here’s how aluminum and aluminum extrusion can be utilized in hydropower energy:

  • Penstock structures
  • Gates and valves
  • Turbine components
  • Intake structures
  • Cooling and ventilation systems
  • Control panels and electrical enclosures
  • Support structures for hydro facilities

Green Buildings and Infrastructure

A graphic illustration of green city life inside an outline of a lightbulb with an outlet. On the top right are two green butterflies flying away.

In the construction industry, the lightweight yet strong, malleable, and recyclable nature of extruded aluminum aligns perfectly with the principles of eco-friendly design. Consequently, green buildings and structures are highly incentivized by governments around the world and have been gaining popularity in recent years.

Here’s how aluminum extrusion brings elegance and sustainability to modern architecture:

  • Energy-efficient windows and doors
  • Solar panel mounting systems
  • Facade and curtain wall systems
  • Structural components
  • HVAC systems and ductwork
  • Interior design elements
  • Efficient lighting systems
  • Water management and rainwater harvesting
  • Accessible ramps and railings

Beyond their environmental benefits, alternative energy sources also present significant economic opportunities. As nations transition to cleaner energy, they unlock new avenues for job creation, technological innovation, and sustainable economic growth. Alternative energy sources reduce reliance on imported fossil fuels, enhancing energy security and minimizing vulnerability to price fluctuations and geopolitical tensions.

A circle of hands and feet from a group of people on luscious green grass with the white version of the Taber Extrusions logo floating in the middle.

U.S. Aluminum Extrusions Industry Working Together on Sustainability

The U.S. aluminum extrusion industry, and leading extruders like Taber Extrusions, are dedicated to pushing boundaries in terms of innovation. They are setting the stage for responsible energy solutions. Their commitment to sustainability isn’t just inspiring; it’s groundbreaking.

It’s about building and designing a world where energy efficiency and environmental responsibility meet advanced research and technology. This partnership isn’t just about structures; it’s about reshaping our future.

The path to sustainability is paved with aluminum extrusion, with Taber Extrusions leading the way.

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, has micro-extrusion capabilities, and a fabrication area that has been expanded multiple times.

Taber continues to extrude billet in a wide range of alloys and sizes and has diversified its markets beyond the 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 seen in North America.

Follow us on Social Media:

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

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

TWITTER:  https://twitter.com/taberextrusions

YOUTUBE:  https://www.youtube.com/@TaberExtrusions

Interested in becoming a part of the Taber Team?  Submit your resume to careers@taberextrusions.com. Visit us: www.taberextrusions.com or call us at (888) 985-5319.

22 09, 2023

Aluminum Extrusions: Material Comparisons

2023-09-22T01:09:46+00:00September 22nd, 2023|

Aligned on the left is the blog title, “Aluminum Extrusions: Material Comparisons,” which is written in bold black font with a dark and light grey transparent background and the Taber logo beneath it. On the right, are a bunch of aluminum pieces that are unevenly, yet elegantly stacked vertically, showcasing different shaped profiles on a clear white background.

Aluminum extrusions offer many advantages when material comparisons are considered. Aluminum extrusions have revolutionized the way our world is built today, offering the ability to create complex shapes with precision and outperforming alternative materials such as wood, plastic, steel, and other metals. Construction, transportation, military, aerospace, and consumer goods are just a few of the applications for which engineers and designers now turn to aluminum extrusions as the standard.

 

When designing aluminum extrusions, you must take into consideration aluminum alloys and the specific application requirements, including load-bearing capacity, structural integrity, and functionality. Selecting the right alloy and surface treatment becomes vital — considering the intended environment, such as temperature variations and exposure to corrosive elements. Designers must also optimize shape and geometry — minimizing material waste and ensuring easy fabrication or assembly after the extrusion process.

 

Addressing these factors early on unlocks the full potential of aluminum extrusions, creating visually appealing, highly functional, cost-effective sustainable products. As Steve Jobs once said, “Design is not just what it looks like and feels like. Design is how it works!”

 

Tooling Cost and Lead Time

A gradient blue bar graph showing the typical tooling lead time of different materials with aluminum extrusions (2) in comparison to vinyl extrusion (4), stampings (7), powder metal (10), roll form (12), castings (17), and injection molding (17). The left axis of the graph shows the number of weeks in increments of 2 weeks starting from 0 at the bottom all the way to 20 at the top. Source: Aluminum Extruders Council (AEC)

Source: Aluminum Extruders Council (AEC)

Tooling costs and lead times are critical factors in the aluminum extrusion process and other manufacturing methods. Tooling refers to the creation of molds, dies, and other specialized equipment required for a manufacturing process, while lead time refers to the time required for tooling preparation, production setup, and the completion of a production run. Properly considering these factors is crucial for achieving efficient production, controlling costs, and meeting project timelines.

 

Aluminum alloys offer distinct advantages here, simplifying the fabrication of tooling components due to their unique properties: easier machinability, lower melting point, reduced wear on tools, superior thermal conductivity, lighter weight, corrosion resistance, abundant availability, and overall efficiency in manufacturing processes. Steel, on the other hand, demands more complex and time-consuming tooling processes due to its melting point and more intricate machining requirements.

A chart of the typical tooling cost of different materials used in extrusion with the aluminum extrusion process leading at around $500-$5000; stampings at $5000 and up; roll forming at $30,000 and up; die casting and injection molding both at $25,000 and up; vinyl extrusion at $1500 and up. Source: Aluminum Extruders Council (AEC)

 

Source: Aluminum Extruders Council (AEC)

Extrusion: A Brief Comparison Between Materials

 

Extrusions revolutionized manufacturing, enabling precise, complex shape creation, heightened efficiency, and versatility across materials like plastics, wood, and metals such as aluminum, steel, and copper. With a wide range of materials available, form and function must go hand in hand, and a great designer, engineer, or builder understands the value of knowing and choosing the right tools and materials for a successful build. Here are brief material comparisons.

 

Among these materials, aluminum, and aluminum alloys offer several advantages over alternative materials. Its properties provide a compelling combination of strength-to-weight ratio, corrosion resistance, formability, electrical and thermal conductivity, sustainability, and energy efficiency. When compared to roll-formed steel, aluminum extrusion provides similar strength with significantly reduced weight, making it a preferred choice for applications that require structural integrity while prioritizing weight reduction.

 

Copper extrusions, although strong —are much denser than aluminum, resulting in lower strength-to-weight ratios. Molded plastic materials, while lightweight, generally have lower strength and thermal conductivity compared to aluminum.

 

Although it is a natural and versatile material, wood is not as strong or lightweight as aluminum. Vinyl extrusions, on the other hand, are resistant to corrosion —but lack the strength and thermal conductivity of aluminum.

 

With the necessity of sustainable products, aluminum is the perfect choice. Known as the “Green Metal,” aluminum is one of the most environmentally friendly metals and can be recycled infinitely.

 

Overall, aluminum extrusion offers a more compelling set of properties that make it the preferred choice for various applications when compared to alternative materials utilized in the extrusion process.

AEC logo with the words, “Aluminum Extruders Council” next to it separated with a line.

 

Source: Aluminum Extruders Council (AEC)

To dive more into the comparison of materials in the extrusion process and see how aluminum extrusion is clearly the best option for your build, you can also check out the American Extrusion Council (AEC) website.

 

Taber Extrusions is proud to work with the American Extrusion Council (AEC) in providing information about aluminum extrusion and its flourishing industry.

 

More About Taber Extrusions

 

Taber Extrusions, located in Russellville, AR and Gulfport, MS, is a highly regarded provider of aluminum extrusions to various industries, including aerospace, infrastructure, transportation, defense, and thermal management.

 

ISO 9001 and AS 9100 certified, Taber’s present and future customers can expect increased supply opportunities with the expanded set of extrusion solutions, programs, and services.

 

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. Micro-extrusion capabilities and the fabrication area have been expanded multiple times. We continue to extrude billet in a wide range of alloys and sizes. We have diversified our markets beyond the military since our inception to include aerospace, automotive, marine, infrastructure, and sporting goods, among many others.

Our company supplies cast and extruded products in various soft and hard alloys for these markets.

 

Today, Taber Extrusions is proud of its friction stir welding capabilities and a complete offering of extruded aluminum components, value-added machining services, and raw material supply to the North American market.

 

Thank you for your continued support of Taber Extrusions, LLC. If you have any questions, please visit taberextrusions.com or contact one of our Regional Sales Representatives.

 

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31 08, 2023

Which Aluminum Alloys are Best for Welding?

2023-08-31T20:18:45+00:00August 31st, 2023|

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When it comes to welding, aluminum might not be the first material that comes to mind. However, this versatile metal can be welded with the right approach. Due to its lower melting point and higher thermal conductivity, welding aluminum requires a different technique than welding steel. If you’re planning a welding project with aluminum, choosing the right material is crucial for achieving successful results. So, how do you choose the best aluminum alloy for welding? Look no further, Taber Extrusions, has you covered!

To get a better understanding of which aluminum alloys are best for welding, let’s first define objectives and whether it’s necessary that the material is alloyed for the welding process.

 

Aluminum vs. Aluminum Alloy

 Both pure aluminum and aluminum alloys can be welded using a variety of welding techniques such as tungsten inert gas (TIG) welding and metal inert gas (MIG) welding. However, it is important to note that welding pure aluminum can be more challenging than welding aluminum alloys due to its lower melting point, and higher thermal conductivity — which can lead to warping, distortion, and burn-through during the welding process.

Unlike pure aluminum, aluminum alloys are materials made by combining aluminum with one or more other elements to improve its mechanical, physical, and chemical properties. Some common alloying elements include copper, magnesium, silicon, zinc, and manganese. Aluminum itself has good properties such as high strength-to-weight ratio, corrosion resistance, and conductivity — but by alloying it with other elements — its properties can be further enhanced or customized to suit specific applications.

 

Weldability of Aluminum Alloys

Aluminum alloys are generally considered to be weldable, but the weldability can vary depending on the specific alloy and its composition. Some aluminum alloys are easier to weld than others due to their specific properties.

Here are some general factors that affect the weldability of aluminum alloys:

Alloy composition

  • Different alloying elements can significantly impact the weldability of aluminum alloys. For example, alloys with high levels of magnesium or zinc can be more difficult to weld due to their tendency to form brittle intermetallic phases during welding.

Thickness

  • The thickness of the material being welded can affect the heat input required to produce a successful weld. Thicker materials require more heat input, which can make it more challenging to maintain a consistent welding temperature and can increase the risk of distortion and cracking.

Surface preparation

  • Proper surface preparation is critical for achieving a successful weld. Aluminum alloys should be cleaned and degreased before welding to remove any contaminants that could lead to porosity or other defects in the weld.

Welding technique

  • Welding technique can also impact the weldability of aluminum alloys. Tungsten inert gas (TIG) welding is generally considered the most suitable method for welding aluminum, but metal inert gas (MIG) welding can also be used.
Infographic showing the different types of aluminum alloys classified as numbered series with similar properties.

How Aluminum is Joined Through the Welding Process

There are several ways of joining aluminum, depending on the specific application and requirements of the joint. Some common methods of joining aluminum are adhesive bonding, mechanical fastening, and welding.

Adhesive bonding

  • This process involves using a specialized adhesive to join two or more pieces of metal together. Adhesive bonding can provide a strong and durable joint, but it requires careful surface preparation and may not be suitable for high-stress applications.

 Mechanical fastening

  • Mechanical fasteners such as bolts, screws, and rivets are used to hold two or more pieces of material together. Mechanical fastening is a simple and cost-effective way of joining aluminum, but it may not be suitable for applications that require airtight or watertight joints.

Welding

  • Welding is the process of melting and fusing two or more pieces of metal together to form a permanent joint. There are several welding processes used for aluminum alloys, including GTAW (gas tungsten arc welding), GMAW (gas metal arc welding), FSW (friction-stir welding), and laser welding.
On the left is a person welding metal material and on the right is a robotic arm welding aluminum.

Welding Methods

  • Gas Tungsten Arc Welding (GTAW/TIG)

    is a popular welding method for aluminum alloys. This method uses a tungsten electrode to create an arc that melts the base metal, and a filler metal is added to create the joint. GTAW offers excellent control over the heat input, making it suitable for welding thin aluminum sections.

  • Gas Metal Arc Welding (GMAW/MIG)

    is another popular welding method for aluminum alloys. This method uses a consumable wire electrode that is fed through a welding gun. The wire melts to form the weld, and shielding gas is used to protect the weld from contamination. GMAW is a faster welding method than GTAW, but it may not provide the same level of control over the heat input.

Taber Extrusions friction stir welding line in Russellvile, Arkansas and the words, “FRICTION STIR WELDING: WE’RE READY FOR BUSINESS” and Taber’s official inverted gold triangle logo.

 

  • Friction-Stir Welding (FSW)

    is a solid-state welding method that uses a rotating tool to generate friction and heat, which softens the base material and allows for the creation of a weld. FSW can create strong, defect-free welds in aluminum alloys with minimal distortion.

  • Laser Welding

    is a high-precision welding method that uses a focused laser beam to melt the base material and create a weld. Laser welding can be used for welding thin aluminum sections with excellent precision, but it may not be suitable for thicker sections.

In conclusion, selecting the best aluminum and/or aluminum alloy for welding requires careful consideration of its properties and intended application. Today, aluminum alloys are widely used in a variety of industries and applications, including aerospace, automotive, construction, packaging, and consumer goods. They are often preferred over other materials because of their lightweight, durability, and versatility.

Leading aluminum extrusion manufacturer, Taber, offers expert capabilities – including advanced friction stir welding services – and employs a wide range of materials to help turn your vision into reality. Proud to be BABA Certified Compliant, Taber’s team of professionals will guide customers on the most fitting materials and manufacturing techniques for your builds and projects.

About Taber Extrusions

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Taber Extrusions is a leading US-based aluminum extrusion manufacturer, is based out of Russellville, AR and Gulfport, MS. The company caters to various industries such as aerospace, infrastructure, transportation, defense, and thermal management, providing an extensive range of aluminum extrusions. Their ISO 9001 and AS 9100 certifications testify to their commitment to providing superior quality products and services to their existing and prospective customers.

Since their inception in 1973, Taber has worked to earn a reputation for working closely with customers to problem-solve through innovation and collaboration. Taber has established notoriety for the highest levels of quality and responsiveness over four decades, and proudly holds the title of broadest capabilities in the aluminum extrusion industry.

If you have any questions, please visit taberextrusions.com or call Taber Extrusions directly at: 1-888-984-3795.

 

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8 08, 2023

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.

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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.

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26 07, 2023

Aluminum Extrusions for Military & Defense

2023-07-26T00:20:21+00:00July 26th, 2023|

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One of the great presidents of the United States, Theodore Roosevelt, once said, “Speak softly and carry a big stick; you will go far.” I cannot describe how this quote perfectly captures the essence of diplomacy and military readiness. This quote highlights the importance of strength and resolve in achieving one’s goals. For this reason, Taber is proud to support our nation through aluminum extrusions in military and defense.

In today’s world, military strength and readiness play a critical role in maintaining peace and security. Exploring the latest technologies and materials that can give our armed forces an edge is essential. One industry that has become increasingly important in the defense and military sectors is the Aluminum extrusion industry.

Aluminum extrusions are widely used in various defense and military applications.  This includies aerospace and aircraft construction, armored vehicles, and weapons systems. Aluminum is a lightweight yet solid material that offers several advantages over other metals. Resistance to corrosion, excellent strength-to-weight ratio, and the ability to be shaped easily into complex geometries are just a few examples.

Nations worldwide continue to invest in their defense and military capabilities. As a result,  Aluminum extrusion has emerged as a critical technology in pursuing high-level defense capabilities and superiority.

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Keeping Peace Through Aluminum Extrusion in Military & Defense

The defense and military sectors play a vital role in maintaining national security and stability. Various branches such as the Army, Navy, Air Force, and Marine Corps are a part of those sectors. Aluminum extrusion, a process of shaping aluminum into desired profiles and shapes, is vital in supporting these branches.

Through the years, critical innovations through research and development allowed endless applications widely used today. To name a few of those benefits and applications brought about by the aluminum extrusion process:

Lightweight and Durable

Using aluminum extrusions has created lightweight yet solid structures for military vehicles and aircraft. Reducing the weight makes them more fuel-efficient and easier to transport. It also provides a lightweight alternative to traditional armor and vehicle components without sacrificing strength or durability.

Design Flexibility

Aluminum extrusion technology creates complex shapes and profiles that cannot be achieved with other manufacturing processes. This flexibility in design enables engineers to create parts optimized for specific military applications and perform better than alternative materials.

Improved Thermal Management

Aluminum extrusions can create heat sinks, which help dissipate heat from sensitive electronic components in military equipment. This is especially important in military applications where electronic equipment must function under extreme conditions.

Reduced Maintenance

Aluminum is naturally corrosion-resistant, making it ideal for applications where extreme conditions make a material vulnerable to weathering. The extrusion process creates a protective oxide layer on the aluminum’s surface, enhancing its corrosion resistance. This is especially important in marine and naval applications where equipment is exposed to saltwater and other harsh conditions, such as in space.

Cost-efficiency and Sustainability

Aluminum is a fully recyclable material compared to other metals — it requires less energy to extract and manufacture, making it a more environmentally friendly option. Additionally, aluminum extrusion is an efficient process that minimizes material waste and energy consumption, reducing overall environmental impact. Its sustainability and eco-friendliness make it a desirable choice for manufacturers looking to reduce costs and minimize carbon footprint.

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As we celebrate our nation’s independence, we at Taber understand the significance of robust defense and military capability, as highlighted by President Roosevelt’s famous quote. We recognize that diplomacy and military readiness are crucial factors in ensuring peace.

While Taber Extrusions serves various industries, we’ve maintained a solid foundational market in the military and defense sectors. This dates back to the mid-60s when our Russellville, Arkansas facility was built to manufacture AM2 Landing mats for the US military that are widely used worldwide as landing strips on which all military aircraft land.

Today, Taber products are used in every military branch and even the US Coast Guard, supporting military efforts worldwide — including shipbuilding, infrastructure, tanks, mobile armor equipment, and more.

Our Appreciation Through Aluminum Extrusions in Military & Defense

As a long-time domestic provider of high-quality aluminum extrusion products and services to our military and defense departments, Taber’s support for our nation does not stop there. We also recognize our veterans and their valuable skills and experience, including leadership, teamwork, and strong work ethic.

Over the years, we’ve been actively seeking out and hiring military veterans to support their journey after the heroic service they gave our nation. One of our core is to provide equal opportunities to hardworking, passionate individuals from various backgrounds.

To our heroes and their families, who willingly sacrificed and continue to serve our country for the greater good, we offer our utmost respect and gratitude for your service.

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More About Taber Extrusions

Taber Extrusions, located in Russellville, AR., and Gulfport, MS., is a highly regarded provider of aluminum extrusions to various industries, including aerospace, infrastructure, transportation, defense, and thermal management.

ISO 9001 and AS 9100 certified, Taber’s present and future customers can expect increased supply opportunities with the expanded set of extrusion solutions, programs, and services.

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, micro-extrusion capabilities, and the fabrication area has been expanded multiple times. We continue to extrude billet in a wide range of alloys and sizes. We have diversified our markets beyond the military since our inception to include aerospace, automotive, marine, infrastructure, and sporting goods, among many others.

Our company supplies cast and extruded products in various soft and hard alloys for these markets.

Today, Taber Extrusions is proud of its friction stir welding capabilities and a complete offering of extruded aluminum components, value-added machining services, and raw material supply to the North American market.

Thank you for your continued support of Taber Extrusions, LLC. If you have any questions, please visit taberextrusions.com or contact one of our Regional Sales Representatives.

 

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

15 06, 2023

BABA-Certified: Aluminum Extrusions Manufacturer Sourced in the USA

2023-06-28T20:38:06+00:00June 15th, 2023|

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A Look at the “Build America, Buy America” Approach

The Build America, Buy America policy, also know as BABA-certified, is a framework that encourages the use of domestically produced goods and services in federal procurement and construction projects throughout the U.S. It has been in place for many decades, with various iterations and implementations over time, and has been applied to different types of federal projects, including defense procurement and infrastructure spending, since the early 20th century. All of this lead to and supported the aluminum extrusions manufacturer sourced in the USA.

Under the Build America, Buy America Act, federal agencies are required to prioritize the purchase of American-made products and materials for federally funded projects such as the construction of highways, bridges, and other infrastructure, purchase of military equipment and supplies, and procurement of goods and services for federal agencies as a way to support American businesses and workers, promote economic growth, and ensure that federal tax dollars are used to support the domestic economy.

As one of the leading American manufacturers of aluminum products and one of (if not the top) aluminum extrusion companies sourced by other industries in the U.S., Taber Extrusions has been instrumental in the building of American infrastructure throughout the years. With its commitment to the principles of the Recovery Act, Build America, Buy America (BABA), and International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR) compliance, Taber has played a vital role in ensuring that American infrastructure projects are built with domestically sourced and responsibly produced materials, while also contributing to the country’s economy and national security.

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Recovery Act and American Infrastructure

The Recovery Act, also known as the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, was a federal law designed to create jobs and stimulate economic growth in the aftermath of the 2008 financial crisis.

One of the key provisions of the Act was the investment of around $80 billion in clean energy and infrastructure projects, which included funding for energy-efficient building upgrades, renewable energy projects, and transportation infrastructure. These investments created opportunities for aluminum extrusion manufacturer to supply lightweight, durable, and energy-efficient components for a variety of applications, such as solar panel frames, wind turbine components, and lightweight vehicle parts.

The rise in demand for aluminum extrusion products used in building construction, transportation, and other applications, helped create jobs, and stimulate economic growth in the aluminum extrusion industry and related sectors across the United States.

Taber’s various capabilities and world-class customer service were instrumental in a wide range of these infrastructure projects, including bridges, road signs, window and door frames, and more (see below).

Examples Where BABA-certified can be found

Bridge Decking

Aluminum extrusions are used in the construction of bridge decking, providing a lightweight and durable alternative to traditional materials. Aluminum bridge decking is resistant to corrosion and requires less maintenance than other materials, making it a cost-effective choice for bridge construction.

Road Signs

An essential part of the American transportation system, road signs provide important information to drivers and help to ensure safety on the roads. Aluminum extrusions have been used in the production of road signs, providing a lightweight and durable material that is resistant to weather and wear.

Window & Door Frames

Aluminum extrusions have been used in the production of window and door frames, providing a lightweight and durable material that is resistant to corrosion and requires less maintenance than other materials. Aluminum frames also offer excellent thermal performance, helping to improve the energy efficiency of buildings.

Automotive Industry

Aluminum is an increasingly popular material in the automotive industry, as it offers weight savings and improved fuel efficiency. Aluminum extrusions have been used in various automotive applications, including chassis components, body panels, and heat exchangers.

Aerospace Industry

The aerospace industry demands high-performance materials that can withstand extreme conditions and provide exceptional strength and durability. Aluminum extrusions have been used in various aerospace applications, including wing and fuselage components, fuel tanks, and landing gear.

U.S. Military

The U.S. military relies on high-quality materials to ensure the safety and effectiveness of its operations. Aluminum extrusions have been used in various military applications, including aircraft and vehicle components, weapons systems, and communications equipment.

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Taber Extrusions has built a reputation for excellence by providing superior products and services to a diverse range of industries. The company’s commitment to quality, reliability, and innovation has helped it become a leading provider of extruded aluminum products.

We fully embraced the “Build America, Buy America” approach and made it a cornerstone of our business practices. We source all our materials from within the United States and we’ve successfully built a reputation for providing high-quality, domestically sourced aluminum products.

Equipped with state-of-the-art technology and backed by years of extensive research, we’ve created our own aluminum cast house — confident and ready to supply the rest of the U.S. aluminum manufacturing industry with ITAR and BABA-compliant aluminum billets, even during times of uncertainty brought about by the ever-changing economic and geopolitical landscape.

The Statue of Liberty is elegantly framed in the upper left corner, with a friction-stir welding machine, two different views of the aluminum production line, and a stack of aluminum billets ready for production shown in the center. At the top in a white font it reads, “The shape of endless possibilities Taber Extrusions.”

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 the 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. All of this to say, Taber has become the american extrusion manufacturer sourced in the USA.

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