Aluminum is everywhere. Many of the conveniences of modern life would not be possible without it. It is a crucial element for modern innovative applications, for sustainability, and also for the progress of the economy. Its strong and lightweight features and ability to be infinitely recycled propelled the U.S. aluminum industry to become the backbone of the nation’s manufacturing base. With the findings of research conducted by John Dunham & Associates and released by the Aluminum Association, this blog will delve deeper into the impact of aluminum on the United States’ economy.
The Aluminum Industry Generates Jobs
Several challenges have been presented to the industry in recent years, still, the aluminum market has shown a great deal of resilience. Even though the aluminum industry faced several challenges, including many job losses, growth in downstream segments like flat-rolled products and extrusions provided a way to compensate.
Today, the American aluminum industry directly employs over 166,000 people that generate more than 170 billion dollars in economic output. In addition, over 494,000 workers are indirectly employed, which contributes another 102 billion dollars to economic activity. As a whole, over 660,000 U.S. jobs are supported by the production, processing, and use of aluminum. Those employed in the aluminum industry earn an average yearly salary that is above the national average. Indirect employees contribute 44 billion dollars in wages and benefits to the economy. When all employment supported by the industry is considered, these jobs generate nearly 16 billion dollars in federal, state, and local taxes.
Aside from being strong and lightweight, aluminum also has the advantage of retaining its properties, making it one of the most recyclable materials. Having said that, the aluminum industry has recycled more than 70 percent of its output since it was established.
Aluminum recycling conserves more than 90 percent of the energy costs required in primary production. Recycling a pound of aluminum saves about 7 kilowatt-hours of electricity. Also, it is the only material in the consumer disposal stream that generates a greater return than the cost of its collection. Every minute, an average of 113,000 aluminum cans are recycled. The aluminum industry pays a tremendous amount of money to replace empty aluminum cans. With the recycling of aluminum, specifically aluminum cans, charitable organizations have been developed and supported for decades and more decades to come.
Aluminum is a major contributor to the nation’s manufacturing base and economy, supporting thousands of jobs in many communities and regions. Over 660,000 workers are employed by the industry, which generates 170 billion dollars in economic output each year. Moreover, aluminum is considered to be a sustainable metal. This means it can be recycled multiple times without the risk of degrading breaking. Taber Extrusions understands the important role that aluminum plays in the nation’s economy and contributes to that role by providing various processing services related to aluminum. A few of these services include aluminum extrusions, micro extrusions, billet casting, aluminum fabrication, and friction stir welding.
Founded in 1973, Taber Extrusions is the pioneer of extruding rectangular billet, allowing the company to manufacture solid profiles up to 31 inches wide or hollow profiles up to 29 inches wide. With the purchase of an extrusion facility in Gulfport, MS, Taber expanded its capabilities with a state-of-the-art cast house, two additional presses, micro extrusion capability, and numerous fabrication expansions.
Taber continues to extrude billets in an array of alloys and sizes. Its markets have expanded beyond the military to include aerospace, automotive, marine, infrastructure, and sporting goods. For these markets, the company supplies cast and extruded products in various 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.
Founded in 1973, Taber Extrusions originally pioneered a process for extruding rectangular billet which enables the company to extrude solid profiles up to 31 inches wide or hollows up to 29 inches. Taber expanded with the purchase of an extrusion facility in Gulfport, MS., in 1995 which houses a cast house and two additional presses, and multiple expansions of value added fabrication services. Taber continues to extrude billet in a wide range of alloys and sizes, including 7″billet molds, and has diversified its markets beyond military since its inception to include aerospace, automotive, marine, infrastructure, and sporting goods, among many others. For these markets, the company supplies extruded products in a variety of soft and hard alloys. In 2018, Taber added ultra-precision® extrusions to their capabilities allowing them to further serve customers in electronics, computer, and medical industries. Taber recently announced yet another exciting launch into friction stir welding, positioning them as a vertically integrated supplier of FSW panels and assemblies never before seen in North America.
Taber is is AS9100, NADCAP, and ABS certified. Founded in 1973, Taber Extrusions originally pioneered a process for extruding rectangular billet which enables the company to extrude solid profiles up to 31 inches wide or hollows up to 29 inches. Taber expanded with the purchase of an extrusion facility in Gulfport, MS., in 1995 which houses a cast house and two additional presses, and multiple expansions of value-added fabrication services. Taber continues to extrude billet in a wide range of alloys and sizes, including 7”billet molds, and has diversified its markets beyond military since its inception to include aerospace, automotive, marine, infrastructure, and sporting goods, among many others. For these markets, the company supplies extruded products in a variety of soft and hard alloys. In 2018, Taber added micro-extrusions to their capabilities allowing them to further serve customers in electronics, computer, and medical industries. Today Taber is proud to announce yet another exciting launch into Friction Stir Welding. To learn more about how we can be of service visit: https://taberextrusions.com/
Taber is able to offer both hard alloys as well as soft alloys for aerospace and firearms, which is fairly unique in the industry. One of the most exciting segments in the hard alloy group is firearms. We have discovered that many firearms manufacturers are small businesses. So, what we offer is stocking a custom shape for them, or producing a generic shape that they can machine individually into their own profile. We provide a solution not only to large businesses, but to any small business too!
We’re also able to offer distribution centers and larger manufacturers of firearms the exact near-net shape that they need.
Furthermore, in regards to the alloys for aerospace market, we supply all of the major manufacturers in the US. We do large press hard alloy extrusions, which is for a very limited supply market and provides additional value to our customers. We’re very unique in that aspect.
Aluminum alloys have long been a dominant material in the manufacture of aerospace vehicles, and due to the ever-evolving nature of aluminum alloys, they are likely to stay around for a long time.
Aluminum is used In:
Lower and upper horizontal stabilization
Upper wing skin/stringers and spars
Lower wing skin/spars/stringers
Taber offers the full range of aluminum alloys for all of our aluminum shapes, including hard, soft, marine, and armor grade alloys. Need specific material or alloy? We can offer custom chemistries to meet your unique needs. All of our alloys are processed at our billet casting facility in Gulfport, Mississippi.
In a five-billion pound industry, Taber is among the leading aluminum suppliers and is the most diverse in breadth of capability.
Learn more about Taber’s Available Aluminum Alloys here.
Taber’s updated fabrication facility in Russellville, Arkansas is designed to handle fabrication and machining as always, but now boasts tremendous growth in manufacturing parts for cutting-edge technologies. This expansion includes applications in electric transportation vehicles for individual and mass transit transportation. With the ongoing support of our parent company National Material L.P., we have the opportunity to expand into areas that were previously unreachable.
CNC machining is used extensively by aluminum extrusion companies to increase efficiency, reduce error, and move the solution toward a final product the customers desire. Our mission is to fully understand the machining needs of our customers’ aluminum extrusion-based products. Taber’s remarkable attention to the needs of the market position the company to provide customized, versatile, high-quality, market-oriented products that can satisfy a wide range of applications.
The Haas VF-7 is our large-sized VMC that provides reliability and pinpoint accuracy. The VF-7 has a 40-taper cartridge spindle driven by a 30 hp vector Dual-Drive (Y-Delta) drive. The VF-7 produces either 75 ft-lb of torque at a low 1400 rpm, or 250 ft-lb at 450 rpm with the optional 2-speed gearbox — and will also run up to 8,100 rpm in 1.2 seconds for finishing aluminum.
Our Emmegi Satellite XT allows for efficient workpiece aluminum machining advantages in pendulum mode including multiple set-ups. It’s a five-axis machining center and it allows us to machine, complete, a 10 ½ meter long part. It also has sawing capabilities where we can square cut and compound mitre cut parts to length. The work space of our long-bed machining center can be divided into two areas, granting us the ability to load and unload on one side while machining on the other side.
The HMC500 comes fully loaded with features for fast cycle times. The HMC500 is constructed with a lightweight column featuring a rigid stepped X axis rail design. This column enables a rapid feed rate of 63 meters per minute, 2480 inches per minute, with acceleration of 1G.
In the industry, and wondering what it’s like to work for an aluminum extrusion company like Taber? We like to think that what sets us apart goes beyond just our expanded capabilities; It’s the tight-knit company culture we have cultivated along the way that has enabled us to become the benchmark competitor in the Aluminum Extrusion Industry. Over the years, we have been blessed to work with a team of good-natured, hard-working, and dedicated group of individuals.
Here’s what our VP of Sales and Marketing, Allan Bennett, has to say about the reception he’s received at Taber since joining two and a half years ago.
“The Taber culture is great… I’ve been here two and a half years and I feel very welcome. In fact, since all of our plants are in the South, an area I haven’t spent a lot of time in, I’ve come to realize that southern hospitality is a real thing. These are some good people to work with. Dedicated, hard-working, and they’re a lot of fun. I think the future of Taber is very bright. We have a lot of projects that we have been spending a lot of time trying to get to fruition, and it’s finally starting to happen. Taber has a very high ceiling – I think really, it’s an unlimited growth potential for us.”
Since 1973, Taber Extrusions LLC has pioneered the extrusion of large, heavy and wide complex shapes to differentiate itself in the aluminum extrusion industry. Since its inception, the brand name Taber Extrusions has been synonymous with innovation, service and quality—all of which serve to make Taber Extrusions the premiere Aluminum Extrusion company. All of our extrusions have, and will continue to be engineered, manufactured and tested in the United States. Taber Extrusions maintains its headquarters at the Russellville, Arkansas facility, with a regional sales office at its Gulfport, Mississippi facility.
Today, Taber Extrusions continues to expand upon its operations and capabilities to retain the cutting-edge service that the company is known for and the aluminum extrusion industry deserves.
NEW ALUMINUM CAST HOUSE
Our recent aluminum cast house renovations now allow us to create aluminum billets in 8”, 9”, 11”, 16”, and 20” sizes, along with a 10” x 28” rectangular billet used only in-house on Taber’s 8600 ton press. This gives Taber the capability to produce those ultra-wide extrusions. We have unmatched access to the full range of aluminum alloys, without having to go through a middle man. Because Taber controls our billet casting, we have greater flexibility in our casting chemistry.
Learn more about our aluminum cast house renovations here: https://taberextrusions.com/aluminum-cast-house/
EXPANDED ALUMINUM EXTRUSION CAPABILITIES
We also continue our production of a wide range of aluminum extrusion sizes and shapes. Our aluminum extrusion capabilities utilize both hard and soft aluminum alloys—the kind found in aerospace, marine and military applications. The company’s profile capabilities range from industry standard extrusions to intricate custom designs that meet specific needs. Our standard shape catalog includes rods, hollows, channels, beams, angles, tees, zees, and bars in a wide range of sizes.
After all this time, why do our customers continue to return to Taber? It’s because we’re dedicated to innovation. We’re dedicated to finding intricate solutions for even the most complex extrusion request. While other Aluminum Extrusion Companies continue to focus on standard products and techniques, Taber’s work ethic and attention to the needs of the market allow Taber to create customized, versatile, high quality and market oriented products that can satisfy a wide range of applications.
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