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.

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16 01, 2024

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

2024-01-16T21:14:33+00:00January 16th, 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.

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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.

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.

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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

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.

 

Follow Taber Extrusions:

 

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

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

TWITTER: https://twitter.com/taberextrusions

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

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.

 

Follow Taber Extrusions:

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

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

TWITTER: https://twitter.com/taberextrusions

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

3 07, 2022

Abundance, Aluminum, and America’s Great Destiny: History of Aluminum for Military Use

2023-03-07T00:35:14+00:00July 3rd, 2022|

The Washington Monument, a tall white pyramid capped with an aluminum cone, stands tall on a green lawn, surrounded by flags, and in front of a clear, blue, sky.

From the mountains, to the prairies, God has blessed America with every natural resource. Coal, copper, timber, nickel, phosphate, and an endless list of abundant supplies were given to the most industrious people to ever set before themselves the experiment of freedom and liberty. These American people, when building the Washington Monument, chose a 6-pound aluminum pyramid to cap their achievements. Aluminum, once prized more than gold, had found its way into a place of high honor. Has aluminum, out of all our natural metals, lived up to such a high honor? The historical answer is yes.

Aluminum’s Economic Contribution

Aluminum has been important part of America’s economic engines specifically through the production of aluminum ore. At its height in 1981, the US produced 30% of the world’s primary aluminum. As the industry has become more aware of its environmental responsibilities, much of the US’s production has shifted to secondary production from scrap metal.

Nevertheless, having national deposits has proven a great advantage for American progress, and at times necessary for national security.

A birds-eye-view shot of a mine where tuck is being loaded with silver extraction fed by a belt.

History of Aluminum for Military Use

As a strong, lightweight metal, aluminum was destined to be the most functional alloy for military use. The French, early in the history of aluminum, looked into using it for armor, yet the prohibitive costs kept them from using it in their army. However, it was only a matter of time. With the advent of mass-produced aluminum, warfare changed forever. Let us take a look at the history of aluminum for military use.

The Word Wars and the history of aluminum for military use

During both World Wars, aluminum production in the United States experienced a boom. In World War I, the United States aviation industry relied heavily on this metal. Thousands of planes were manufactured in the United States using aluminum.

A WWII plane for military use made of aluminum with two propellers and u-shaped back wing.

In World War II, new innovations allowed for even more applications for aluminum, even being used to blind the enemy’s newly invented radar. Aluminum powder could also be used to create explosives, in addition to its more standard uses. This war also proved the importance of having national sources. The supply of aluminum from South America was put in jeopardy by German U-boats roaming international waters. Today, the history of aluminum for military use continues to be written.

Aluminum in the Modern Military

Today’s military takes advantage of aluminum to strengthen the core of its equipment. Because aluminum is lighter than steel, it can make ships, planes, and vehicles more efficient and faster. For the same reasons, missiles also are made from this metal. Furthermore, aluminum is strong enough to be used as armor and has saved countless lives as plates fortifying armored vehicles against explosives. Of course, aluminum continues to be used in variety of weapons such as M-15, M-72 and M-79.

Modern day American soldiers carrying rifles run through thick sand, while beyond a large group of soldiers stand in a tight group.

Aluminum: A continuing American success story

Today, the best aluminum and aluminum alloys continue to be manufactured in the United States. US aluminum extrusions are more versatile and precise than ever. Taber has just the right aluminum extruder for all aluminum extrusions and micro-extrusions in high selection of aluminum profiles. Proud to be an American aluminum extrusion company, Taber Extrusion is a leading fabricator of aluminum shapes, aluminum billet, and other aluminum products. Taber’s commercial network, aligned with key aluminum distributors, allows us to reach customers, both domestic and international, that might be too small to take a mill minimum order. It also gives Taber the capabilities to reach industries that aren’t used to buying direct from a mill. We serve the military, government, shipbuilding and many other industries.

Come check out your best aluminum extrusion partner today!

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3 06, 2022

Consider Aluminum Distribution Services When Selecting Your Aluminum Extrusion Partner

2023-03-07T00:31:47+00:00June 3rd, 2022|

Close-up shot of the Taber logo, the letters Taber in “metal” gray and triangular metal gold logo beneath, centered and overlayed on the end of center round aluminum billets in the foreground, several more rounds blurred in the background.

When searching for a reliable aluminum extrusion partner, not only must their manufacturing capabilities be considered, but also their aluminum distribution services. Look to Taber Extrusions for their turnkey services that encompass all the above.

Product Capabilities in Aluminum Distribution Services

Taber Extrusions is a leading manufacturer of aluminum shapes, aluminum billet, and other aluminum products. With a diverse selection of aluminum products, from both standard and non-standard aluminum shapes, to the production of aluminum billets in a full range of aluminum alloys, Taber Extrusions is a full service supplier. In addition, Taber’s portfolio also includes friction stir welding, and extensive CNC-machining/fabrication capabilities.

The words Taber with logo beneath in upper center. The Shape of Endless Possibilities in all caps in white lettering centered. Several smaller company logos lower center. Subtle, indistinct images in the dark blue background.

Whether it is broad profiles or ultraprecision extrusions, Taber’s capabilities range from industry standard extrusions to intricate custom designs that meet very specific needs. The company’s standard shape catalog includes:  rods, hollows, channels, beams, angles, tees, zees, and bars in a wide range of sizes.

A Strong Network in Aluminum Distribution Services

Plus, the aluminum distribution market is exceedingly significant for Taber. In their Gulfport location, it accounts for approximately half of Taber’s business. Taber’s commercial network, aligned with key aluminum distributors, allows them to reach customers – both domestic and international. Distribution allows Taber to reach customers that might be too small to take a mill minimum order. It also allows Taber to reach industries that are perhaps not used to buying direct from a mill,  making Taber top choice in aluminum distribution services.

Side-by-side image of aluminum in two different forms; one in small chalky-looking grey chunks, and the other in shiny straw-sized solid shiny rods.

About Taber Extrusions

In a quest to continuously improve the quality and service we provide to our customers, Taber Extrusions continues to evolve by adding products, services, and cutting-edge technology.

Founded in 1973, Taber Extrusions originally pioneered a process for extruding rectangular billet which enables the company to extrude extra-large aluminum extrusion 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 state-of-the-art cast house and two additional presses, micro-extrusion capabilities, and the fabrication area has been expanded multiple times.

What’s more, Taber continues to extrude billet in a wide range of alloys and sizes and has diversified its markets beyond military. Since its inception, Taber has worked to include aerospace, automotive, marine, infrastructure, and sporting goods, among many others.

Additionally, in-house casting solutions, ultra-precision extrusion manufacturing, friction stir welding capacities, and a full range of hard and soft aluminum alloys are part of Taber’s portfolio. Taber continues to align itself as an industry leader in having the broadest available capabilities.

Today, Taber Extrusions is proud of its relatively recent addition, the VF-12 CNC machining line. Along with a full offering of extruded aluminum components, value-added machining services, and raw material supply to the North American market, Taber keeps expanding services. Adding these capabilities to a growing portfolio propels Taber into the future. In a quest to continuously improve quality and service, we aim to be your aluminum extrusion partner.

If you have any questions, please visit taberextrusions.com or contact one of Taber’s regional sales managers.

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3 05, 2022

Aluminum Extrusions for Military Marine Application

2022-07-06T22:22:47+00:00May 3rd, 2022|

A graphic depiction of three different military ships at sea with Taber Extrusions’ inverted gold triangle logo on the lower left corner, the words, “Aluminum Extrusions for Military Marine Application” and Taber’s website address are centered at the bottom of the image: www.taberextrusions.com.

With all the possibilities of technical advancement, there are endless ways to be innovative these days. With that in mind, what is the significance of technology and innovation in shipbuilding? We can go back to the American Civil War in 1862, wherein two ironclad warships battled for the first time. Not one ship sunk; thus, both parties claimed victory.

For naval technology, this was an important milestone. Why? Because ironclad warships had shown an increase in survivability compared to their wooden-hulled predecessors. Presently, the battlefield is evolving faster than ever and the need has emerged for a new breed of warships with increased speed, agility, and stealth.

Look no further! The answer is aluminum.

5xxx aluminum alloys

Aluminum allows vessels to be made lighter and faster at one-third the density of steel. The corrosion resistance and strength of new alloys, especially the 5xxx series of aluminum alloys, make it an ideal choice for constructing sea-going vessels. Adding elements to pure aluminum produces a chemical composition with improved properties creating an aluminum alloy that increases strength. A 4-digit number is then assigned in which the first digit represents a general series that characterizes its main alloying elements.

The primary agent for the 5xxx series is magnesium which gives the alloy strength and good weldability, amongst other things. In naval ships alone, 6,000 tons of aluminum are used each year on destroyers. For more than a decade now, 5456 plate and extrusions have become the benchmark for the welded deckhouse structures of destroyers. The weight-saving ability of the 5xxx series allows the ship to maintain stability with a narrow hull that is crucial in reaching high speeds.

Advantages of 5xxx aluminum alloys

The structures save 55-67% of their weight by using a 5xxx aluminum alloy. The ships can increase payload, haul more equipment, and lower the energy required to power the boat. The 5xxx series has good weld ductility without post-weld treatments due to the weld yield strengths of 100-200 MPa. It has lower corrosion resistance which is ideal for any structure encountering water or chemicals. The tensile strength of the alloy showed reductions of only 2-5% throughout a 10-year seawater test.

An ominous photo capturing an overcast day with a Naval frigate ship traveling at a high speed through the ocean leaving a wake of frothy white waves in the deep blue sea.

Friction stir welding for marine vessels

The growth of new metal forming processes, friction stir welding (FSW) chief among them, has made aluminum one of the most versatile materials, creating profiles. For more than twenty years, friction stir welding or FSW has been a highly effective alternative to traditional MIG welding in marine applications. It is best used on long straight welds for a more cost-effective and efficient operation.

Several of the welded structures in this process are alloyed aluminum extrusions. Flat designs used in the marine industry, such as floors, decks, bulkheads, and parts that do not require complex curves, can be done by FSW. These vessels are capable of speeds of more than 45 knots (51 mph), an exceptional rate for vessels that weigh 3,500 tons. Even hull sections are critical to making the vessels lighter, faster, and more maneuverable.

Taber Extrusions’ Russellville, Arkansas friction stir welding production cell inside the facility.

Benefits of friction stir welding for marine vessels

  • Speeds up the building procedure and saves money for large and small projects.

    The cost savings come from eliminating the required person-hours of traditional MIG welding and providing a more substantial, higher quality weld, which cuts down on secondary repair costs. Using complete components such as modular FSW panels reduces the time and labor costs of measurements and cutting on the construction site. There is also minimal distortion on the weld and better aesthetics. It is more environmentally friendly (no UV radiation or fumes) and more user-friendly.

  • Removes flaws that are inherent to conditional welding methods.

    Characteristics include no porosity, no hot cracking, and a more robust fusion of the constituent elements. Becoming adopted far and near, FSW is less susceptible to errors due to the automated process.

Six photos of ships neatly aligned in two rows of three: Small Surface Combatants, Patrol Vessels, Expeditionary Fast Transport, Offshore Platforms, Cruise Ships, Civilian Transports – with the words “MARINE AND NAVAL” prominently at the top of the graphic in a bold black font.

Aluminum can help marine manufacturers and shipbuilders obtain weight and production savings and improve the quality and efficiency of vessels and structures… and the unique qualities of extruded aluminum component design provides exceptionally high torsion strength resistance – making it the ideal material for marine application.

 

More About Taber Extrusions

Taber Extrusions, founded in 1973, originally pioneered a process for extruding extra-large aluminum extrusion 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. It houses a state-of-the-art cast house and two additional presses, microextrusion capabilities, and the fabrication area, which has been expanded multiple times.

Taber continues to extrude billet in a wide range of alloys and sizes. It also has diversified its markets beyond the military since its inception to include aerospace, automotive, marine, infrastructure, and sporting goods, among many others. With in-house casting solutions, ultra-precision extrusion manufacturing, friction stir welding capacities, and a full range of hard and soft aluminum alloys, Taber aligns itself as an industry leader in having the broadest available capabilities.

Today, Taber Extrusions is proud of its recently added VF-12 CNC machining line and a complete offering of extruded aluminum components, value-added machining services, and raw material supply to the North American market. Adding these capabilities to a growing portfolio drives Taber into the future in a pursuit to continuously enhance the quality and service we provide to our customers.

We appreciate your ongoing support of Taber Extrusions, LLC. If you have any questions, please visit taberextrusions.com or reach out to one of Taber’s regional sales managers.

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3 02, 2022

Creating The Best Aluminum Extrusions Company

2022-07-06T21:02:02+00:00February 3rd, 2022|

An aerial view of a group of workers around a table problem solving; on the table are chalk drawings of and the terms: analysis, success, ideas, vision, teamwork.

“I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” —Maya Angelou

Imagine that you are in the perfect work atmosphere. Chances you are happy, productive, and not rushed. You are recognized for your unique skill set. You collaborate well with your team. You are satisfied with the work that you and your teammates accomplish and proud of the product that you offer the world at large.

What makes a great company culture? Countless writings have been published about this topic, and a great number of speakers tour the globe on corporate lecture circuits to help companies establish the best work atmosphere possible. That said, this is something that we all innately understand: the characteristics required to create the best company culture include strong/positive leadership, effective communication, diversity/inclusion, recognition, goals/strategies, and teamwork. At Taber – with five decades of practice – we infuse each of these characteristics into each and every project we undertake. If we could boil the above listed characteristics into one word, it would be teamwork.

Nine varieties of aluminum alloys in different extrusion profile shapes and sizes.

Since 1973, Taber has been a leader in aluminum extrusion and aluminum fabrication services. Taber Extrusions values our relationships, and this starts within the company and extends to our customers. As a company that specializes in aluminum extrusions, billet casting, fabrication, microextrusions, friction stir-welding, and design assistance… we do a lot of different things at Taber, so we must hire candidates from a variety of educational backgrounds and experience.

We respect our hard-workers with experience in their respective field, but we also understand the value of listening to our employees from other backgrounds that offer a fresh approach to finding new solutions to challenges. Though we are a large company, we like to think of ourselves as a local business: we value family.

Portrait of Taber Extrusions Human Resources Manager Leslie Schreckhise

“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!” says Leslie Schreckhise, Human Resources Manager at Taber. “I believe that what sets us apart is our family-like culture, we all care for and support each other as family.”

We advocate for our diverse team, their wide array of contributions, and do our best to make sure they feel appreciated an recognized. There are many ways to show our gratitude, including respecting their family/personal time, and forging friendships through non-work activities and team building.

Jeffrey Bladow, Taber’s Director of Business Development has this to add; “Taber solves multi-faceted problems…. 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.”

Portrait of Jeffrey Bladow, Taber Extrusions Director of Business Development

Dedication to fostering our diverse team, all of whom offer important perspectives and ideas, allows us to transmit enthusiasm into each project. This means using our collective creativity and skill set to turn any idea into a design application- be they related to aerospace, transportation, mining, military, electronics, marine, shipbuilding, R&D projects, and sporting goods. Due to the nature of our inventive team—

 

Our processing services include:

  • Billet Casting – Gulfport, MS. Facility
  • Solution Heat Treatment
  • Stretcher/Detwister – 750 ton Capacity
  • Cut-to-length
  • Custom Packaging
  • Fabrication
  • Statistical Process Control
  • Quality Assurance – Defense Contractor Approved
  • Artificial Aging Ovens

Our engineering services include:

  • SolidWorks (CAD Design)
  • Extrusion Design Assistance
  • Tolerances in ASTM, AA, ANSI, DIN, or EN standards
  • CAD Software (Auto CAD)
  • Ultrasonic Testing: Portable Immersion (115 ft tank)
  • Analysis and Testing Capabilities: Chemistry, Mechanical Property Testing, Electrical Conductivity Testing, Macroanalysis, Microanalysis, Rockwell Hardness Test, Brinell Hardness Test, Webster Hardness Test, Exfoliation Corrosion Test.

 

Our team-based philosophy doesn’t end with our employees. Customers are team members too. We specialize in personal attention, and our customer-first approach allows consumer manufacturers from around the globe trust us for their most unique, customized aluminum extrusion projects. Our inventive team is on a perpetual mission to deliver excellent products with our customers in mind.

Horizontal white and black letter blocks with the terms “customer” above “satisfaction,” vertical blue and white letter blocks with the term “loyalty.)

Taber Extrusions produces a consistently dependable product – this is how we practice loyalty to our customers – and what keeps them coming back. By ensuring that every process and procedure, from billet procurement and final shipment, fulfills all ISO9001 and AS9100 standards, Taber maintains preferred supplier ratings. Our positive reputation for quality programs enables customers to optimize end-product procurement time.

More About Taber Extrusions

Taber Extrusions is located in Russellville, AR. and Gulfport, MS., is a highly regarded provider of aluminum extrusions to a wide variety of industries including aerospace, infrastructure, transportation, defense, and thermal management. ISO 9001 and AS 9100 certified, Taber’s present and future customers can expect to see 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. 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 is proud of its friction stir welding capabilities, and full 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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3 11, 2021

The Evolution of The Aluminum Alloy

2022-02-03T22:03:03+00:00November 3rd, 2021|

A large, futuristic, triangular aluminum roof supported by three tall pillars cuts into a cloudy sky, while the light of a bright sun peeks out from one of the edges.

The story of human dominance over nature really begins at metalworking with bronze. Bronze represents humanity’s first steps in substantively transforming the essence of the object around them, rather than just manipulating the physical shape of naturally occurring materials.

The sharp head of a stone spear made sometime in the Stone Age.

Since the introduction of bronze more than 10,000 years ago, metallurgy has continued to evolve. Most of the “giant leaps” in metalworking occurred thousands of years ago, but the technological age has brought about unprecedented advances of its own. Many of the advances piggybacked on the slow progression of past eras, as is the case with steel. However, aluminum stands out for its rise as a brand new, never seen before metal that arrived to chart the course for a new era of human progress.

This “metal, that looked like silver, but was too light to be silver” appears in the Roman history books of Pliny the Elder. He tells of how the Roman emperor saw the beauty and versatility of the metal, and, afraid of what its discovery could do to the price of silver, ordered the beheading of the only chemist capable of producing aluminum. The chemist, who claimed only he and the gods knew the secret of making aluminum, took the secret to his grave. From then, the gods were slow in trusting the secret to humans again. In fact, it wasn’t until 1825 that chemist Hans-Christian Orsted produced the first pure aluminum. This Danish scientist got to keep his head and the honor of introducing the world to a game-changing element.

In a period picture depicting the Middle Ages, a metal goblet is passed between two people, only their arms and part of one of their torsos can be seen.

With aluminum in hand, a whole new world opened to engineers and manufacturers. A lightweight, durable, corrosive-resistant, conductive, tasteless, and versatile metal immediately transformed the possibilities for industries, from aerospace and transportation to food and beverage. Soon aluminum, which at first was considered a royal, luxury metal, would find its way into everyone’s home through consumer products such as cars and appliances.

A photograph of the top of a cluster of red, aluminum canned drinks, with condensation droplets forming all over the cans.

Fueled by these past successes, aluminum continues to be a forward-looking material. Innovation characterizes this industry, focused on pushing the boundaries of the youngest member of the great metal family. Today’s research and development in the aluminum industry focuses on testing and understanding aluminum alloys.

To make these alloys, aluminum is melted and then mixed with other elements such as zinc, magnesium, and copper, among many others. Each alloy has a different set of characteristics, and consequently a different set of uses. In order to streamline the transition of these elements from research to application, aluminum alloys are assigned a four-digit number, where the first number indicates the main element that is alloyed with the aluminum. Some alloys, such as the ones found in the 3xxx series (Manganese), are great as cooking utensils, while other alloys, such as the 7xxx (Zinc) series, are perfect for aircraft. This classification of aluminum alloys gives end-users a guide by which they can pinpoint the aluminum alloy to fit their needs.

A photograph of the underbelly of a large commercial airplane where the engines, wings, and fuselage are visible and far above, another plane flies high in the air, leaving behind white contrails.

Specialized aluminum alloys can be found in our power lines, skyscrapers, appliances, automobiles, aircraft, and consumer products, from soda cans to refrigerators. Perhaps the only thing greater than aluminum’s achievements are the promises for tomorrow. From increased electrical conduction, to stronger, more lightweight aluminum, many of the world’s industries count on aluminum alloys to make their own progress possible. In this way, aluminum alloys are a keystone for the world’s continued technological progression.

At Taber Extrusions, our job is to keep up with every twist and turn in the exciting world of aluminum, so that we can deliver the perfect aluminum alloy for the job. Our intricate, precision extrusions  embody our attention to detail and understanding of the nuanced world of aluminum. Taber uses a wide scope of aluminum alloys to deliver quality aluminum extrusions according to customer specifications. That means, every product is tailor made, in substance and in shape.

Many ages have gone by since the first humans began shaping the natural world to their liking. Many, too, have gone by since we began using the power of chemistry to create the perfect materials. At Taber, we take our place within these traditions of progress and innovation, and are proud to work with aluminum, the metal of the future. Come take advantage of our aluminum extrusion expertise and best practices in the sector to meet your needs today!

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, micro-extrusion 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 is a vertically-integrated supplier of friction stir welding panels and assemblies in North America not previously seen – offering extruded aluminum components, value-added machining services, and raw materials.

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