In Focus Spotlight: Meet Ashley Johnson
Name and Formal title at Taber Extrusions
Ashley Johnson, Customer Service Sales Representative
What are your job duties & responsibilities?
Provide product/services information, answer questions, and resolve any emerging problems that our customer accounts might face with accuracy and efficiency.
Where did you work prior to Taber; same industry or something totally different?
I have always worked in Customer Service. Prior to coming to Taber, I worked at The Home Depot working in the Customer Service and Receiving departments. I have also been and still currently in the US Army Reserves for the last 8 years. I am a First Lieutenant with a specialty in Seaport Operations/Logistics.
What do you hope to bring to Taber in terms of leadership and company culture?
I hope to bring integrity, work ethic, and accountability. I’m not the talkative type but I do pride myself on leading by example. I’ve never distanced myself from wanting to learn something new or asking for assistance. I value teamwork in making the dream work and always getting the job done.
When you’re not at work, what would we find you doing?
I love sports! When I’m not at work, you can catch me watching a sporting event; basketball is my favorite by far with tennis a close second. I also enjoy reading and listening to music as well. I find it being such a calming force for myself.
I was born in Royal Oak, Michigan, but my father’s job moved my family down to Biloxi, MS when I was 5 years old, and I have been here ever since. So, I truly feel like the Gulf Coast is where I’m from.
Family is everything to me. I have my parents, my twin sister Deena and my two older brothers, Phillip and Ben, and my nephew and niece, Malachi and Makayla. I also have other family members that I see quite often, so it is never a dull moment!
Favorite part about working for Taber so far?
Of all the places I have worked, I have never felt more of a family atmosphere than here at Taber. I love coming to work with positive people everywhere you turn; it is refreshing, and I am truly grateful for it.
What sets Taber apart from other companies that deliver the exact same things?
In my position, the one thing that sets us apart is the willingness to make sure our customers are well taken care of and working and taking care of their needs as soon as possible. If a customer has a concern or question, we try our best to accommodate them with the best possible outcome that benefits both the customer and Taber.
Taber is growing rapidly. Any advice for those looking to join the Taber team?
I would say come ready to work and allow yourself time to grow, because there is a lot to learn in the extrusion industry, no matter what department you’re in.
What do you think the future holds for Taber?
I think the future is bright here at Taber. If the collective continues to have a desire to improve and continue to set and meet goals, the future at Taber will always be bright.
More About Taber Extrusions:
Founded in 1973, Taber Extrusions originally pioneered a process for extruding rectangular billet which enables the company to extrude solid profiles up to 31 inches wide or hollows up to 29 inches. Taber expanded with the purchase of an extrusion facility in Gulfport, MS, in 1995 which houses a new state-of-the-art cast house and two additional presses, microextrusion capabilities, and the fabrication area has been expanded multiple times.
Taber 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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