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Taber Extrusions awarded contracts to supply aluminum extrusions for Joint High Speed Vessel program

Taber Extrusions awarded contracts to supply aluminum extrusions for Joint High Speed Vessel program

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Media Contact:Rebekah Iliff, Principal, SGCRebekah@SmartGirlsConsulting.comPhone: 310-770-8338
Taber Extrusions awarded contracts to supply aluminum extrusions for JointHigh Speed Vessel program
Leading U.S.-based manufacturer chosen as primary supplier of aluminum extruded  products for the Navy’s JHSV defense program through contract with Austal USA
Russellville, Ark., (September 7, 2010)
- Taber Extrusions LLChas made several keyannouncements through President Bill Wetmore regarding contract awards that will position thecompany as the primary supplier of aluminum extruded products for the Navy’s Joint High SpeedVessel (JHSV) program.According to Wetmore, Taber Extrusionshas been chosen by one of the world leaders in designand construction of customized aluminum defense vessels,Austal USA. The first contract awarded is for the manufacturing of the main deck and flight deck extrusionsfor the Joint High Speed Vessel - JHSV 2 Vigilant:“Through our unique combination of superior metal flow patterns associated with rectangularbillet configuration and press size, we hold a clear advantage over competitors trying to makesimilar extrusions with round containers on smaller presses,” remarked Wetmore. “Additionally,the unique flow pattern in this design allows us to hold much tighter tolerances for flatness,straightness and twist as to assure that critical thickness dimensions on the internal webs areachieved.” The main deck and flight deck assemblies are made up of wide, multi-void panel type extrusionsutilizing a diagonal truss-web design that are friction stir welded together to form panels. Taber’s use of the8,600-ton extrusion presswith unique rectangular container configurationenables the successful production of the complex sections supplied in lengths up to 47 feet. Taber Extrusions’ability to hold tight tolerances on this section have allowed for a significantincrease in productivity in the friction stir-welding rates resulting in a reliable flow of qualityproduct to Austal.Furthermore, the company will produce the 5083 tee extrusions for the JHSV 1, Fortitude and JHSV 2 Vigilant. Since the initial build phase on JHSV 1, Austal has utilized friction stir welded5083 panels. The use of 5083 extrusions has increased significantly, replacing 6061 alloyextrusions. The tee-configured 5083 extrusions used in the panels will be produced at Taber’s

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