20 06, 2019

NMC Partner Taber Extrusions Offers Friction Stir Welding

2019-06-20T18:30:39+00:00 June 20th, 2019|News Blog|

Black and white closeup image of the tip of a friction stir-welder, which resembles the tip of a drill, with Taber Extrusions’ official inverted gold triangle logo and the words, “Introducing Friction Stir-Welding.”

National Material partner Taber Extrusions of Russellville, AR. and Gulfport, MS. have announced the addition of Friction Stir-Welding capabilities to their existing portfolio, which currently includes aluminum extrusions, fabrication, billet casting, and micro-extrusions.

The addition of in-house FSW capabilities positions Taber as a vertically integrated supplier of FSW panels and assemblies previously unseen in North America. This new technology allows for finished product applications in military, bridge building, railroad refrigerated containers, and more – and brings with it the technological capacities to develop new products.

Eric Angermeier, President of Taber Extrusions, says:

Besides the additional jobs and revenue this expansion will bring to our central Arkansas community, we are very much looking forward to Taber’s new horizons into technology and product development. The welder will be housed in a new 60,000 square foot expansion to our current Russellville facility. This equipment further promotes our strategy of moving Taber toward being a solutions-oriented company offering highly engineered products.

This Friction Stir-Welder, with the latest technology, is purposely built for the long, wide extrusions being produced on our current extrusion presses. This process gives us the added benefit of vertical integration allowing us to not only better serve our existing customers, but gives us the opportunity to develop new markets and products.

Sometimes described as more of a forging process than actual welding, Friction Stir-Welding is a solid-state joining technique used to combine metals not easily fused with traditional welding. Ideal for metals such as aluminum, copper and other metal alloys, FSW is commonly used in the aerospace, rail, automotive, shipbuilding, transportation and marine industries. Friction Stir-Welding makes possible high-quality welds with minimal distortion. It is also a process that can be easily automated, making it an ideal solution for industrial use.

Individuals at Taber’s groundbreaking ceremony, sporting white hardhats and posing with shovels on a sunny day at the Taber Extrusions Russellville, Arkansas facility.

Taber Extrusions recently hosted a ground-breaking ceremony which included State Representative Steve Womack amongst other state and local leaders.

Congressman Steve Womack described how he sees Taber’s role from a national perspective, “The expansion of an existing company such as Taber Extrusions means a lot more than the location of a new company. It means that Taber is in the right place and has what it needs to succeed. Taber plays an important role in the defense of our nation with products that are an asset to our defense capabilities.”

Taber historically provides for many industries, including aerospace, shipbuilding, infrastructure, automotive, as well as military and defense.

Taber is already known for their wide range of capabilities, both broad and unique, and Mayor of Russellville Richard Harris thanked Taber for choosing Russellville as their location, “The fact that you chose to expand and add new technology here is the highest compliment you can give the city and citizens where you live and work. Economic development and job creation is one of our top priorities. We congratulate Taber on this advancement.”

About Taber Extrusions

Taber is a minority business enterprise which is AS9100, NADCAP, and ABS certified. Founded in 1973, Taber Extrusions originally pioneered a process for extruding rectangular billets which enables the company to extrude solid proles up to 31 inches wide or hollows up to 29 inches wide. In 1995, Taber expanded with the purchase of an extrusion facility in Gulfport, MS., which houses a cast house and two additional presses, and multiple expansions of value-added fabrication services. Taber continues to extrude billets in a wide range of alloys and sizes, including 7”billet molds, and has diversified its markets beyond military 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. Today Taber is proud to announce yet another exciting launch, this time into Friction Stir-Welding.

29 05, 2019

Steel Service Center Spotlight: National Galvanizing

2019-06-19T19:06:59+00:00 May 29th, 2019|News Blog|

An image depicting a galvanized auto body made of steel, with the words “Steel Service Spotlight – National Galvanizing” above.

National Material L.P. and its metal service centers have a long history of quality and service dating back to 1964. Since its founding, N.M.L.P. has grown to over 30 business units and is now one of the largest suppliers of steel in America. The National Material group of industrial businesses consists of five groups; Steel, Stainless and Alloys, Raw Material Trading, Aluminum, and Related Operations.

National Galvanizing, located in Monroe, Michigan is an ISO 9001:2008 certified leader in the heavy gauge galvanizing industry. Their 245,000-square-foot, state-of-the-art facility offers multiple services including pickling, galvanizing, galvannealing, and slitting, all in one location. This combination of capabilities provides customers with unparalleled responsiveness to meet the ever-changing demands of today’s steel market.

National Galvanizing is a joint venture between National Material L.P. and Heidtman Steel, and has been leading the heavy gauge galvanizing industry since 1984.

Advantages of Galvanized Steel

Galvanized Steel is treated with zinc to create a long-lasting alloy that is resistant to rust and corrosion. This process creates a final material with the strength and formability of steel plus the corrosion protection of zinc-iron coating. Zinc protects the base metal by acting as a barrier to corrosive elements, and the sacrificial nature of the coating results in a long-lasting and high-quality steel product.

  • Rust Resistance: The iron elements in steel is incredibly prone to rusting, but the addition of zinc acts as a protective buffer between the steel and any moisture or oxygen.
  • Easy Inspection: It’s easy to tell how strong a galvanized coating is just by looking at it. There are also quick stress tests that can determine how thick the zinc coating is.
  • Sacrificial Anode: This ensures that any damaged steel is protected by the surrounding zinc coating. It doesn’t matter if the steel section is completely exposed; the zinc will still corrode first.
  • Longer Life: With galvanization, a piece of industrial steel is expected to last more than 50 years in average environments, and can last over 20 years with severe water exposure. No maintenance required.

Galvanizing Advanced High-Strength Steel

In addition to leading the heavy-gauge galvanizing industry, National Galvanizing also provides complex galvanizing chemistries that allow for the galvanizing of advanced high-strength steel.

Galvanizing advanced high-strength steel, versus galvanizing regular steel, is a more sophisticated process. First, the coils of steel are cleaned and put through both a zinc pot and chemical treatment to passivise the rust. Afterwards, the steel is tempered and tension-leveled to produce a high surface quality on the galvanized steel.

In addition to the material durability described above, Galvanized Advanced High-Strength Steel is a remarkably strong material. Because AHHS is both light-weight and exceptionally strong, advanced high strength steel is becoming the go-to material for the growing regulatory needs of the automotive industry and beyond. Its concentrated properties allow manufacturers to easily reach their emission, safety, and fuel economy goals.


  • Automotive / Truck
  • Agricultural
  • Garage Door Hardware
  • HVAC
  • Tubing

About National Material L.P. – With more than 3,000 employees from a multinational portfolio of companies, NMLP provides engineered metal products which include aluminum extrusion and stainless steel rolled product companies to automotive, aerospace, construction, defense, electrical, and industrial markets.

Visit National Material: http://www.nationalmaterial.com or call (U.S.) 847-806-7200, Diana Pulido.

28 04, 2019

What is Precision Slitting?

2019-05-29T23:23:00+00:00 April 28th, 2019|News Blog|

A detailed shot of a steel slitting machine in one of National Material’s steel processing facilities.

In the metal processing world, every new contract comes as a new and customized challenge. Increased demand for steel coils with finer width and length parameters have ushered in an era of more robust precision slitting – with technological advancements in slitting equipment, software, and tooling practices fueling the wave.

Slitting is a metal manufacturing process wherein a coil of material, such as aluminum or steel, is slit into the lengths and widths specified by the end application. As the material runs through the machine, the steel rolls are moved through extremely sharp circular blades, making the cuts. In order to make the slice, substantial compressive forces must be applied – and when the forces exceed the tensile strength of the material, it slices. The end product is long strips of material cut to the buyer’s specifications.

A steel slitting machine is comprised of three major parts – the uncoiler, the slitter, and the recoiler. In order to ensure that the quality of the process is optimized, each element must be precisely aligned during setup.

National Material’s breadth of slitting capabilities is of tremendous value to our customers, who know that we have the right equipment to  process their orders on time and to the right specifications. Our customers appreciate the high level of precision and quality we offer in our slitting process, as it eliminates the excess material waste that can be produced by their own manufacturing processes creating real value.

Finished slit steel coils that have been rewound and are preparing for shipment

National Material processes hot rolled, cold rolled and galvanized steel for a wide variety of gauges and lengths.

Our slitting lines offer the following benefits:

  • Reduced time-to-delivery
  • Reduced scrap
  • Reduced costs
  • Streamlined material flow

About National Material L.P. – With more than 3,000 employees from a multinational portfolio of companies, NMLP provides engineered metal products, including aluminum extrusion and stainless steel rolled products, to automotive, aerospace, construction, defense, electrical, and industrial markets.

Visit National Material: http://www.nationalmaterial.com or call (U.S.) 847-806-7200, Diana Pulido.

12 04, 2019

NMC Steel Supply Chain Expertise At a Glance

2019-05-29T23:21:47+00:00 April 12th, 2019|News Blog|

A close shot of a collection of steel coils in one of National Material’s steel processing facilities.

National Material’s steel and metal supply chain management services are designed to meet the needs of each and every customer, tailored to meet today’s requirements and tomorrow’s growth goals. Our specialized team of steel and metal experts are strategic partners positioned to work with customers directly. We offer solutions serving many industries including automotive, agriculture, heavy truck/equipment, electrical/industrial enclosures, HVAC, appliance, construction, general stampers, and roll formers.

Founded in 1964, National Material Company offers 50+ years of leadership in supplying, processing, and servicing the metal manufacturing needs of diverse industries. With processing facilities and service centers in the U.S. and Mexico, NMC is strategically located to deliver its substantial capabilities.

How NMC delivers value at every step in the supply chain:


No matter how big the task, NMC can handle it

  • Slitting
  • Pickling
  • Blanking
  • Stamping
  • Galvanizing

Logistics optimization

Materials from A to B at lowest possible cost

  • Cost-efficiently linking 14 plants, steel mills, and a certified processor network
  • Total freight cost in 1 invoice: mill to processor to OEM
  • Custom designed for all NMC programs

Diversity programs

NMC is the largest certified MBE Metal Supplier in the U.S.

  • Supports your diversity spend goals

Pricing programs

NMC provides numerous pricing options:

  • CRU-indexed contracts allow prices to change
  • Directed buy pricing – OEM negotiates price with mill, NMC buys metal at “directed” price
  • Firm price for a short period (up to a quarter)
  • Resale option – OEM negotiates price with mill, processor “resales” back to OEM at a price that includes value-add services
  • Spot pricing – one-time purchase with quick turnaround
  • Hedging/futures eliminates price volatility

: A close shot of a collection of steel coils in one of National Material’s steel processing facilities.

Value added/value engineering

Providing value over & above the price of the steel

  • Part appraisals
  • Mass reduction—light weighting
  • Product & process training
  • And more…

Electronic data interchange (EDI)

Increases accuracy and efficiency of transactions

  • Automated transaction processing
  • Eliminates keystroke errors
  • Reduce administrative costs

China supply chain management

NMC has extensive operations in China

  • Expertise in sourcing metals and parts within China
  • Import parts from China to North America
  • Automotive tool & die manufacturer within China
  • Tool and die engineering services

Outsourced parts

Using a network of partners, NMC can provide

  • Stamping
  • Laser
  • Roll form
  • Press break
  • Welding
  • And more…

14 steel service centers across North America

Our 14 plants have a processing capability of over 2,000,000 tons per year, and a total of 3.2 million square feet under roof.

Our plants are strategically located to save our customers on freight and shipping costs, which often ends up being a significant chunk of an OEM’s orders to a manufacturer.

  • 13 plants with processing capability of over 2,000,000 tons/year
  • 2 million square feet under roof
  • Plants strategically located to save you freight costs (truck, rail, barge, etc.)
  • Access to expanded capabilities through our parent company, National Material Limited Partnership, as well as multiple joint ventures partnerships

About National Material L.P. – With more than 3,000 employees from a multinational portfolio of companies, NMLP provides engineered metal products, which include aluminum extrusion and stainless steel rolled product companies, to automotive, aerospace, construction, defense, electrical, and industrial markets.

Visit National Material: http://www.nationalmaterial.com or call (U.S.) 847-806-7200, Diana Pulido.