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Job Opening in the Steel Bending Industry! Apply Today!

We are currently seeking an experienced Yard Manager/Lead to oversee our Shipping Department.

Job duties include supervision & coordination of yard workers, organization of yard & storage areas to maximize efficiency & flow, the safe loading & unloading of flatbeds & LTL trucks.

Qualified candidates will have 3+ years’ experience as a Yard Manger or Lead Material Handler.

At Albina Co. we have mastered the art of steel bending, steel rolling and steel fabrication. We curve structural steel members, various sizes of round pipe and HSS material, and plate. We are a small family owned business servicing the steel industry since 1939 and we provide quality products and services that stand out from the competition. We are located in Tualatin and are able to service the entire United States and Canada from our single location!

Job Description

Responsible for coordination of shipping and receiving matters. Supervise loading crew and drivers. Determine work procedures, prepare work schedules and expedite material & traffic flow to optimize production efficiency. Perform inventory counts on raw material & component parts. Load, unload & check-in material and supplies with use of industrial equipment following company policies & procedures.

Skill Requirements

Working knowledge of Microsoft suite software products
Ability to follow written and oral instructions regarding daily functions
Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with other employees.
Expert knowledge of material flow & effective material management
Ability to drive a forklift. Both standard & extended reach
Ability to handle & stack material in a safe manner
Familiar with crane & sling capacity
Experienced using proper lifting techniques using slings, clamps & other lifting devices
Extensive knowledge of pipe, tube, structural steel & component part
Physical Requirements

Must be able to lift 50 lbs. occasionally & 35 lbs. repeatedly
Must be able to stand/walk 8-10 hours a day
May be exposed to excessive noise, welding gases and fumes, and inclement weather conditions.
This is a Union position. Successful applicants must be able to pass a drug test


Wage: DOE
Pension Plan & 401k
Medical, Dental & Vision Insurance
Vacation & PTO
Favorable work schedule

“It Is Not a Question of Whether I Can Afford to Use Albina Co. for My Steel Bending Needs, It Is Can I Afford Not To?”

I would like to share a recent email that I received from a customer in response to my recent blog post titled “If You Are Persistent, You May Get It. If You Are Consistent, You Will Keep It.”

“Good morning. First I’d like to thank you for your recent support. I know a company’s attitude comes from the top. You have a great group of “how can we make it work” people.
It’s unfortunate that there is so much road between our office and yours. I’d be glad to share a glass of wine with you. The point of your news letter is well taken.
The only things I’d add is that your steel bending estimators are always available to help and frankly guide fabricators as to the best wall thickness, etc, to meet the challenges and provide the best curved steel finished product. This gives us the opportunity to include the cost of forming and shipping in the bid at the start. The other thing is pretty simple. It’s not a question of can I afford Albina Co., it’s can I afford not to?”

Meet Brian and Jaime Smith of Albina Co., Inc.-“If You Are Persistent, You May Get It. If You Are Consistent, You Will Keep It.”

I can’t tell you how many times I have had a customer tell me that they are going to have to pull business from us because they found a lower price supplier, that they are new to the steel industry and want to give someone else a try, that another supplier promised them a better delivery schedule or better quality. Whatever the reason, I always justify my price and schedule to the customer and then I tell them “We appreciate your business and our relationship, and we will be here for you when you need us.” The key word here is “when”, not “if.” I never have to justify the quality of our products or service, as both speak for themselves, and I can say with certainty that is not why we ever loose an account. A few weeks will go by, and guess what? I get a phone call that the new supplier can’t meet the delivery schedule, or that the product fails in comparison to what we were providing them, or they are going to go over budget for having to repurchase material and incur additional labor costs. And my response again is “We are here for you. What do you need?” Anyone can be persistent and promise you a better price, product or schedule to get your business, but can they be consistent and keep your business? Albina Co., is consistent, steady and stable. We have an extremely loyal customer base, and in the rare occasion that someone leaves, we almost undoubtedly always see them return.

Brian and Jaime Smith

Brian and Jaime love to explore the many amazing restaurants in the Greater Portland Metro area. They are foodies and love a good brunch or happy hour menu! This picture was taken at one of their favorite restaurants “Meriwether’s.” If you are in town, give us a call! We would love to introduce you to all the wonderful eats in PDX.

Look for Curved Steel on Your Summer Adventures to State Parks, Zoos, Campgrounds and More!

If you just take the time to really study your surroundings when you are out on your next summer adventure, you might just see some great examples of curved steel applications. Albina Co., Inc. specializes in helping fabricators create architecturally appealing signs for commercial, recreational, and transportation applications. Some projects include structural steel entry-ways and signage for state parks, zoos and campgrounds. Other applications include signage for public transportation stations, recreational facilities and commercial buildings. Below are a few projects we have done over the years so keep your eyes peeled on your next adventure to see if you can spot some curved steel!

Curt Gowdy State Park is in Cheyenne, Wyoming at the foothills of the Laramie Mountains.
tube bending curt gowdy state park

Happy Hollow Zoo is a small 16-acre zoo and amusement park in San Jose, California.
bending pipe happy hallow zoo

bending pipe happy hallow zoo

bending pipe happy hallow zoo

Buffalo Bill Cody Stampede Park & Rodeo located in Cody, Wyoming.
Curved Steel Sign at Buffalo Bill Cody Stampede Park

Centennial Center Park Platform and Amphitheater in Centennial, Colorado.
Curved Steel Canopy at Centennial Center Park in Colorado

Meet Brian and Jaime Smith of Albina Co., Inc.- “The Importance of Family in Business”

Albina Co., Inc. started out as family business in 1939. Brian’s grandfather (John) and father (Bill) both served in CEO and Presidential roles before Brian took over in 1998. Brian has worked in all aspects of the business from helping in the shop as a teenager, to managing the Accounting Department straight out of college, to the role of President and CEO which he has maintained for nearly 20 years. Brian’s wife, Jaime, serves as the Marketing and Advertising Manager. Together, Brian and Jaime created the business plan required for the move to their current facility in 2000 and have worked side-by-side for the last 17 years to grow Albina into one of the most well-known and highly regarded steel bending companies in the country. Every month, Brian and Jaime will share their thoughts on the importance of family in business.

June 2017- LOYALTY
Loyalty is defined as faithfulness to commitments or obligations. We pledge loyalty when we get married, when our kids are born,when we are part of team, when we work as a collective unit and when we form personal and professional relationships. Loyalty is showing complete and constant support. Being part of a family business means that we take care of our “Albina Family”, we honor our commitments to employees, vendors and customers and we stand by the relationships that we have built on trust, over the many decades our family has been in business.

Brian and Jaime are huge Blazer fans and love the game of basketball. Both played at Lake Oswego High School and Jaime went on to play Division I at the University of Minnesota. Both of their children play and they love spending time together as a family both playing and watching various levels of hoops. Go Blazers!

Bent Steel Featured at the “Marketplace at the City” in Surprise, Arizona

Albina Co., Inc. is happy to be part of the “Marketplace at the City” project Surprise, Arizona. “Marketplace at the City” is a 26,000 square foot single-story property located in Surprise, Arizona. Surprise is the fastest growing city in Arizona. The project represents a new trend in the delivery of healthcare, which involves bringing medical services to growing communities and placing them in retail locations.

Albina Co., Inc. is providing approximately 20,000# of bent steel on this project consisting of Tube Steel 5″ X 5″ X .250″ WALL A500 GR B and Tube Steel 12″ X 4″ X .250″ WALL A500 GR B. A total of 46 pieces all being bent all to AESS (Architecturally Exposed Structural Steel) standards.

Albina is a Proud Supporter of the City of Tualatin’s ABC (America’s Best Communities) Initiative

In 2016, the City of Tualatin, Oregon was named a national finalist for the ABC award. Many local businesses, including Albina, supported the cause to help the City of Tualatin win the 3 million dollar grand prize. In April 2017, we learned that Tualatin did not win the 3 million dollar prize, but we know that the City of Tualatin is truly one of the best in the nation. Albina, and the steel bending and fabrication community is proud of the efforts that City officials and local businesses made to help make our city one of the best in the nation!

What Information Do We Need to Quote a Job Specifying Bent Steel Parts

The quick and easy way to find out what we require when quoting a project specifying bent steel parts is to visit our online Steel Bending and Fabrication Request for Quote form on our website. Below is a summary of the information that we need to accurately and efficiently quote your job:

a) Company Name, Address and Phone Number
b) Primary Contact Name and Email Address
c) Description of your project
d) What is you Bid Deadline?
e) Material Type & Size
f) Material Quantity
g) Provide any supplemental drawing or attachments that will help us bid the job.

Give us the chance to quote your next job that specifies bent steel parts! We are a dependable supplier! Not only can you count on parts arriving on time, but the level of customer service and quality of parts that we provide will exceed your expectations. We value the relationships that we have with our customers.

What is the Most Important Thing You Look For When Choosing Your Steel Bending Vendor?

It is our pledge to our customers that you are never surprised at the end of a project. We will confirm our anticipated delivery schedule at time of order acceptance. If something occurs to change that anticipated delivery schedule, your project manager will contact you to make sure you are aware of any scheduling changes. Many of our return customers come back to us due to our unparalleled customer service and communication. One customer recently told Albina management that they have used other benders in the past and will only use Albina moving forward. Never had they been so well informed throughout the production process. Albina provided answers to questions before the questions were even asked.

Another example of customer service is our automated shipping notifications. The morning after an order ships, Albina sends an email informing the customer of the method of shipment and tracking number if available. This will allow our customers the ability to track their shipment as soon as it hits the road. Also included with this email are any MTR’s, if required, so the customer doesn’t have to wait for these critical reports to arrive with the shipment. Our customers have the reports (electronically) even before receiving their shipment.

We know that customers rely on the information we provide and make plans based on the information we provide. We strive to meet or exceed every customers wants and needs.

New Tooling for Roll and Draw Bending Machines

Albina continues to invest in capital assets to expand our capabilities and allow us to better serve our customers.
Most recently Albina has purchased various tooling sets for our draw bending equipment and our roll bending equipment. This tooling will allow Albina to offer bends that we were unable to previously offer OR offer bends with a higher level of quality then in the past. Some examples of tooling we purchased include:

• 14” OD round bend dies allowing us to roll bend 14” OD material on our Roundo R11 and R13 machines.
• 2” Sch10 tooling (mandrel and wiper) allowing us to bend Sch10 material with no distortion (3d and 5d bends)
• 3” Sch10 tooling (mandrel and wiper) allowing us to bend Sch10 material with no distortion (3d and 5d bends)

Albina is always looking to add to our tooling list to increase the bending options we can offer our customers.