Responsible for the overall performance of Taber Extrusions
Where did you work prior to Taber; same industry or something totally different?
I have spent the previous 5+ years at another aluminum extrusion company. Prior to that I worked in different industries focused on Aerospace, Defense, and Automotive. Before venturing into the world of manufacturing, I spent almost 10 years in the United States navy as a Nuclear Machinist’s Mate Chief.
What do you hope to bring to Taber in terms of leadership and company culture?
Taber has a lot of strengths and a great reputation. What I hope to bring is a renewed focus on ownership, accountability, focus, and driving results.
When you’re not at work, what would we find you doing?
I spend most of my free time with my family or working on projects at home. I also enjoy sports and love College football. Many have also learned quickly that I am an avid reader / Audible listener. I am in a constant state of learning both personally and professionally.
I was born in Louisville, Kentucky but grew up on my grandparent’s farm in southern Indiana.
I have been married to my wife Denice for 28 years and we have 2 great kids. Our daughter Ashley is 26 and works as a Physician Assistant (PA) in the intensive care burn unit at the university of North Carolina Medical Center in Chapel Hill, NC. Our son Dustin is 24 and he lives with us. He was diagnosed with autism at a very young age, and he is non-verbal but uses his iPad to communicate. He is my greatest teacher as I have learned to communicate in ways I never had before. He has also provided lessons in empathy and not underestimating anyone’s potential or abilities.
Favorite part about working for Taber so far?
People – everyone has been very welcoming, and they have been willing to answer my multitude of questions. No matter where you work it ultimately comes down to people that determines if you will be successful.
What sets Taber apart from other companies that deliver the exact same things?
I really don’t believe any other company can deliver the exact same thing Taber does. We have had some struggles lately but the capabilities we possess coupled with excellent customer service cannot be matched in the industry.
Taber is growing rapidly. Any advice for those looking to join the Taber team?
Strap in and hold on.
What do you think the future holds for Taber?
The future is determined by our collective vision, efforts, and results. Where we go and how we perform is all about what we do as a team and has very little to do with what is going on around us.
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.