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Gearing Up for Our 80th Anniversary in 2019!

We are hard at work planning lots of fun events and stocking up on lots of COOL Albina Company swag to prepare for the year-long celebration of our 80th Anniversary. We are in the planning stages of some great activities and events in order recognize all of our employees, customers and vendors that have helped us reach this milestone! We are also creating “The Museum” on site which will house one of the first ever pieces of equipment that Albina owned and used to bend materials. My Grandfather (John Smith) built our “Model-T” bending machine in the late 1930’s / early 1940’s utilizing the transmission and differential from a “Model-T” Ford. This machine was used to roll/bend various materials such as pipe, tube, square and rectangular HSS (hollow structural steel). The machine would pull material around a bend die resulting in a smooth radius finished good. The “Model-T” was in operation at Albina until the 1990’s when it was replaced by more efficient bending equipment.

We hope to have “The Museum” set up and ready for visitors after the first of the new year. Stop by to see us! We are happy to take you on a tour of our shop and show you the machine!

Bending Machine powered by Model T Ford Engine

Bending Machine powered by Model T Ford Engine

Curved Steel Spiral Staircase for the New American Airlines Headquarters in Fort Worth, Texas

Albina recently used our induction heating process to spiral bend Tube Steel 16″ X 16″ X .625″ WALL A500 GR B bent down to a an 18 foot radius for the new American Airlines headquarters in Fort Worth, Texas. The 1.7 million-square-foot complex, dubbed the “Trinity complex,” consists of constructing four seven-story buildings. It will cost at least $300 million to build and will house over 6,500 employees. There are 10 tower cranes on the project and there will be more than 1,000 construction workers on-site during the peak. It is scheduled to open during the second half of 2019. Including the 16″ square, we have produced another set of spirals and have one in the queue. The one in the queue is Tube Steel 14″ x 6″ x .625″ wall REALLY tight, exposed and bent to a 5′-6″ radius on a 45° pitch. We already made a mock up for the job and all parties loved it. These are the type of bends that ONLY Albina can do! This is a really amazing project! Stay tuned for more pictures.

Curved Steel spiral stringer American Airlines Headquarters

Curved Steel spiral stringer American Airlines Headquarters

Curved Steel spiral stringer American Airlines Headquarters

Curved Steel spiral stringer American Airlines Headquarters

Steel Spiral Staircase at the John J. Hemmingson Center Gonzaga University

Albina Co., Inc. bent 40,000 lbs. of various sizes of tube steel for the spiral staircases at the John J. Hemmingson Center at Gonzaga University Spokane, WA. Materials consisted of Tube Steel 16″ X 8″ X .500″ WALL A500 GR B rolled the easy way down to a 22 ft radius. These lengths of material were spiral bent using our induction heating process to AESS standards. We also bent Tube Steel 12″ X 6″ X .250″ WALL A500 GR B rolled the hard way down to a 19 ft radius. The John J. Hemmingson Center was completed in 2015 and serves as a meeting place for students, staff and visitors the University. We visited the campus shortly after it opened and my son will tell you that the highlight for him was the cafe where you can make your own milkshakes! He was sold from then on out and hopes to attend Gonzago University himself one day!

University of Gonzaga Steel Spiral Staircase

University of Gonzaga Steel Spiral Staircase

CNC Rotary Draw Bending

Albina Co., Inc. is not just a structural steel bending shop! Some of our biggest customers are manufacturing companies that require bent material and repeat jobs of small parts. We recently finished a project that required some complex tube bends on our CNC draw bending equipment out of the following materials:

136 pieces of 1″ OD X .065″ WALL T304 S/S bent to a 2½” center-line radius.
136 pieces of Tube Steel 1″ X 1″ X .083″ WALL T304 S/S bent to a 3½” inside radius.
68 pieces of ½” OD X .049″ WALL T304 S/S bent to a ½” center-line radius.

All parts were cut, bent, washed and packaged by Albina Co., Inc. for shipment. Prior to shipping all parts needed to be free of dirt, debris and oil.

Efficient Bending of HSS for Jan Shrem and Maria Manetti Shrem Museum of Art at the University of California, Davis

Modern Steel recently interviewed our very own General Manager, Mark King, to help construct the recently published article “Above all, ART” that highlights the precise structural design and inspiring architecture of the Jan Shrem and Maria Manetti Shrem Museum of Art at the University of California, Davis. As a bender/roller, we were involved early enough in the process that we were able to reduce complicated curves, simplify the steel bending and reduce significant costs. The canopy consisted of HSS 14″ x 10″ rectangular tubing bent in multiple planes (both the easy way and the hard way). An important highlight of the project was that some of the material that was bent in multiple planes was rotated off-axis by a slight amount, and the radius was large enough, that we were able to bend it cold, which is a faster process than hot bending.

Curved Steel Roof UC Davis

50,000 Square Foot Permeable Roof

Curved Steel Roof UC Davis

Curved Steel Entry

Curved Steel Roof UC Davis

Overview of Curved Roof Structure

Curved Steel Angle and Round Pipe Create Wild Adventure at National Amusement Park

Albina Co., Inc. recently completed a curved steel project for a national amusement park on an expedited schedule that included 96,000 pounds of bent steel consisting of:

8″ X 8″ X ½” ANGLE A36
8″ X 6″ X ½” ANGLE A36
8″ X 4″ X ½” ANGLE A36

All angle was rolled leg in and leg out and rolled as tight as a 18 ft radius.

14″ OD X .375″ WALL A500 GR. B round pipe rolled down to a 20 ft radius and lengths ranged from 40 ft to 60 ft long.

Curved Channel for Amusement Park Ride Tracks

Curved Pipe for Amusement Park Ride

Curved Pipe for Amusement Park Ride

Curved Pipe for Amusement Park Ride

We Continue to Supply Bent Steel for the St. Alphonsus Project in Idaho

We continue to provide bent steel for the St. Alphonsus Medical Group – Emerald Clinic in Idaho. We recently supplied another 20,000# of bent steel for the St. Alphonsus project.
This phase of the project included:
Tube Steel 8″ X 4″ X .375″ WALL A500 GR B
Tube Steel 16″ X 4″ X .375″ WALL A500 GR B
2″ X 2″ X 3/16″ ANGLE A36
Tube Steel 14″ X 4″ X .625″ WALL A500 GR B
Tube Steel 4″ X 2″ X .188″ WALL A500 GR B
Tube Steel 8″ X 2″ X .250″ WALL A500 GR B

All of these materials were bent on our state of the art roll bending equipment in a cold state. Everything was provided to AESS standards.

Two New Rotary Draw Benders Aid Quality and Repeatability!

When striving to be the best, you can never settle and should always explore opportunities to improve. Albina adopts the philosophy of continuous improvement in all aspects of our company. We are ALWAYS looking to make improvements in everything we do. The most recent improvement we are committing to is with some of our bending equipment. We are purchasing two new bending machines to allow us to provide parts to higher quality standards and provide for better repeatability.

The two machines we are purchasing are smaller rotary draw benders. The larger of the two machines will bend up to 3½” OD material while the smaller of the two machines will bend up to 2” OD material. We are very excited to bring these two machines to our already vast list of equipment.

Induction Bending of Rectangular Tube Steel for New Additions at Olympic Towne Center in Gig Harbor, Washington

Albina is working on bending rectangular hallow structural steel for the Olympic Towne Center project in West Gig Harbor, Washington. The Olympic Towne Center development will boast 186,291 square feet of retail space and will anchored by a 65,000 square foot grocery store. This project requires Albina to bend some TS 12″ X 3″ X .375″ WALL A500 GR B rectangular tubing. Part of the project consists of spiral bent stair stringers, induction bent, down to an 6 foot plan view radius! This is a very tight radius for spiral bending HSS members. We are induction bending this material with our in-house designed induction bending method which will result in the highest quality spiral bends seen in the industry. We are also providing bends for the stair case landings. These bends are also down to a 6 foot radius and will all be provided to AESS quality standards.

Curved Steel Bridge at the San Diego Zoo

Albina recently completed bending 16″ OD X .625″ WALL A500 GR B material for a new bridge at the San Diego Zoo.  A total of 24 lens x 48 feet weighing 118,350 pounds were required for this job.  Albina used a combination of induction bending and cold increment bending to complete this project to meet AESS standards.  Radii on the projected ranged from a 20 foot center-line-radius to a 350 foot center-line-radius. We are not a stranger to bending bridges for California Zoos! See below for a few examples of curved steel bridges and custom signage that we completed for the Happy Hallow Zoo in San Jose.

curved steel pedestrian bridge happy hallow zoo

bending pipe happy hallow zoo

bending pipe happy hallow zoo

bending pipe happy hallow zoo