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AISC White Paper “More Than Recycled Content, The Sustainable Characteristics of Structural Steel”

As part of AISC’s (American Institute of Steel Construction) mission to make sure that architects and developers have accurate and factual information regarding the design and construction of buildings and bridges, they have created a series of white papers exploring various issues related to specifying steel as the primary building material on projects. The first one that I would like to highlight is “More Than Recycled Content, The Sustainable Characteristics of Structural Steel” which focuses primary on the fact that domestically produced and fabricated structural steel used for structural framing systems has an average recycled content of 93%. This white paper also addresses important environmental issues such as reuse, resiliency, water consumption, waste generation, energy consumption and more. Visit AISC for more detailed information and a link to read the full white paper. We also address many of these same issues on our own website in “Facts About Curved Steel.” and in our “Top 10 Reasons to Specify Structural Steel.”

Meet Brian and Jaime Smith- “Be Part of the Experience” Part 2 of 2

I recently ordered a comforter that was to include one comforter and two pillow shams. I only received the comforter and no shams. They couldn’t just send me the shams, because they were supposed to come in a set…clearly. I had to return the original comforter at my own expense and reorder. I ordered a t-shirt for my daughters cross country team. I received the shirt and the entire bottom hem was ripped and shredded. I took it to the vendor and they offered to cut off the loose strings for me and thought I was crazy for even asking for a new shirt that was actually sewn correctly. I ordered a headboard and was told it would be one week till delivery and I also asked them to email me a receipt. It took 3 weeks, 5 phone calls and not one return call to get the answer that they have no idea when the headboard will ship and that their system doesn’t allow them to send receipts. All of these experiences in just one day left me questioning how our world even functions anymore? Have we just accepted that we don’t get what we pay for, that below average quality is acceptable, and that customer service and on-time delivery just doesn’t really matter? Well, it matters to me. Does it matter to you?

Well, guess what? We are investing in you. When we make improvements to our business, we ask ourselves if it will add VALUE to our partners – YOU. Here are some examples of recent advances we have made to give you a fantastic ALBINA EXPERIENCE:

Everyone says your call is important, so why do you always get VM?
We value your initial phone call so much that last month we invested in and installed a new state of the art VOIP phone system to field your calls. This phone system allows us to redirect phone calls to our cell phones when necessary so calls are rarely missed.

You need your quote WHEN?
Our typical quote return is 48 hours. If you have a specific date that you need the response by, please list it on the request. We always strive to meet or beat the date requested, in some cases we have even returned the quote the day of the request – just let us know.

Your peace of mind via Confirmation
Every order that we enter to our system has a corresponding order confirmation that is emailed to you for your review and records.

What’s my status?
With our state of the art scheduling software we are able to provide you real time status updates as requests are made.

Show me…
We have installed a new camera system in our shop with 2 Megapixel cameras. These cameras offer Albina management high quality images of our production process right from our desks. We both value efficiency and quality and these cameras will allow management to better service your needs by providing real time data on what phase your job is at in our shop.

When will I get it?
When an order is shipped, our shipping manager sends you tracking information of the shipment (when this information is available) so you know exactly where the order is once it leaves our facility.

We want you TO BE PART OF THE EXPERIENCE that we provide at Albina Co., Inc. We want to be your “go to” steel bender. I guarantee you will not be disappointed and it will be AN EXPERIENCE worth having.

Brian and Jaime Smith- "Be Part of the Experience"

Double Day Inn Gettysburg, PA.

Thought it would be fun to let you all be a part of OUR EXPERIENCE by sharing this picture and story. On our summer vacation, we returned to the exact spot on the battlefields of Gettysburg where we got engaged. Almost 20 years later, the porch remains unchanged and we were able to recreate that special event with our two kids, and our fabulous tour guide! What a cool experience! It felt so good to know that some things never change, and that what worked 20 years ago, still works today! Here’s to another 20 years!

Meet Brian and Jaime Smith of Albina Co., Inc.-“Is Your Business Honorable? Do You Take Pride in the Service and Product That You Provide?”

Albina’s number one goal is to provide customers with competitively priced steel bending services resulting in quality products, on time. We honor our commitment to this goal by continuously fulfilling our obligations and meeting our customers needs.

We have a very high regard and respect for our customers, vendors and employees and we hold many of them in very high esteem as if they were a part of our own family. We are proud of the many partnerships and relationships that we have built over the years. The reason we have such longstanding relationships in the steel bending industry, is not only because we have been around for nearly 80 years, but because of the pride that we take in the quality of our work and the service that we provide on each and every job. We feel satisfied only when the commitments we have made to our partners are fulfilled. Pride is not only reflected by our team putting our hearts and souls into your end product, but can also be seen in our many efforts to improve our working environment and the community around us.

a) Albina Co., Inc. donates to many local and national Charitable Organizations including CONSANO, Meals on Wheels PDX, The Hunger Drive, Assistance League of Greater Portland, Sherwood Education Foundation, Local Sports Teams, etc.

b) We purchase steel from service centers in the USA. Our bent steel products are “Made In The USA” out of our facility in Oregon.

c) We have taken many steps to reduce our carbon footprint by reducing our power usage. In the last 12 months we have undergone significant capital expense to “do our part” by installing a 134.4 kW solar array and we replaced every interior and exterior lighting fixture / bulb with LED replacements.

d) Recent Upgrades to our phone systems and internal camera systems to increase our ability to communicate, track and share real time data seamlessly within our shop and externally with customers and vendors.

e) We have made huge efforts over the last few years to bring in new equipment, service/update older equipment, and we have actually designed and built our very own, one-of-a-kind, CNC induction bending process.

It is small companies like ours that will make American great again because we run an honorable business and we take pride in our work. We are all learning, that in this very difficult and scary time in our world, that it is the little things that matter and it is the intangibles that help determine who, what, when, where and why you should do business with someone.

Brian and Jaime Smith- Happy 4th of July!

Happy 4th of July! We like to spend America’s Birthday with family and friends. We have spent many 4th of July weekends at the beautiful Oregon Coast, in the Central Oregon high desert, or just hanging around the neighborhood having BBQ’s and enjoying the amazing Oregon summers. We wish you all a happy and safe 4th of July!

Job Postings- Shop Helper Needed at Albina Co., Inc.

Albina Co., Inc. is a steel bending and fabricating company looking for a Shop Helper. Entry level position in a physically demanding industry. Ability to lift 50lbs repeatedly and stand for 4 hours plus at a time.

Must be willing to do all sorts of shop support tasks. Must be able to read, write and speak English to complete paperwork and communicate with co-workers. Basic math skills required. Forklift and/or loading experience highly preferred.

Previous experience in metal or construction industry helpful.

Machines and Tools commonly used: brooms, dustpans, hoses trough, grinders, torches, banding equipment, band saws, overhead cranes & forklifts.

This is a full time position M-F. Union wage scale starting at $12.55.

DRUG TEST REQUIRED.

Please apply in person at 12080 SW Myslony St., Tualatin, OR 97062 or fax/email your resume to 503-692-6020 or by replying to this posting.

Job Posting- Welder/Fabricator Needed at Albina Co., Inc.

Albina Co., Inc. is a steel bending and fabricating company looking for a Welder/Fabricator. Experience required position in a physically demanding industry. Ability to lift 50lbs repeatedly and stand for 4 hours plus at a time.

Must be able to read, write and speak English to complete paperwork and communicate with co-workers. Basic math skills required. Forklift and/or loading experience highly preferred.

Previous experience in structural steel fabrication shop required.

AWS D1.1 FCAW certification highly preferred.

Candidates for position will be required to perform a welding skills demonstration.

Machines and Tools commonly used: welders, grinders, torches, band saws, shears, punches, drill press.

This is a full-time position Monday-Friday. Union wage scale starting at $17.41 – potentially higher DOE.

DRUG TEST REQUIRED.

Please apply in person at 12080 SW Myslony St., Tualatin, OR 97062 or fax/email your resume to 503-692-6020 or by replying to this posting.

Job Posting-Maintenance Technician Needed at Albina Co., Inc.

Albina Co. Inc., one of the nations leading suppliers of custom bent metal, is currently seeking an energetic, highly motivated and experienced professional to lead and oversee our maintenance program. We have been in business for 70+ years. Candidates with direct maintenance experience in like or similar industries are strongly encouraged to apply.

Job Description
This position installs, maintains and repairs machinery, equipment, physical structures, pipe and electrical systems in our manufacturing facility. Perform preventative maintenance activities assigned for automated or manual machines and equipment per specifications. Familiar with hydraulics and electronics. Follow blueprints, manuals, and schematic drawings. Change or install electrical motors and wiring ranging from ½ hp to 300 hp. Must be familiar with a broad range of hand tools, hoist cranes, measuring and test equipment. Can differentiate unusual sounds in machinery to detect malfunction and discuss machine operation changes with supervisors to diagnose problems or repair machinery. Routinely, use lockout/tag out procedures, dismantle machines and equipment to install new or repaired parts. Provide maintenance upkeep such as cleaning and lubrication of shafts, bearings, gears, etc. Installs and repairs electrical units, operates machinery and fabrication tools such as drill press, welders, plasma torch & grinders to fabricate jigs and fixtures or to repair machinery parts. Create machine specific maintenance documentation, troubleshooting flow diagrams, technical training guides, maintenance checklists, project completion check list, and repair completion checklist.

Skill Requirements

• Minimum 5 years’ experience as a technician/lead
• Working knowledge of hydraulics, electrical and electronics
• Knowledge of various types of electric motors
• Ability to troubleshoot machines for hydraulic, electrical and/or electronic faults
• Ability to use a variety of diagnostic tools
• Ability to disassemble and reassemble equipment as needed to repair malfunctions
• Ability to analyze mechanical problems and determine proper course of repair
• Ability to read, understand and maintain hydraulic, electrical and electronic schematics
• Ability to read, understand and enforce maintenance manual on equipment
• Must be able to work independently and still be part of a team
• Demonstrates even temperament to work under pressure to help prevent delays in production
• Excellent follow up skills
• Perform preventative maintenance and inspect shop equipment for signs of wear
• Help develop and maintain preventive maintenance procedures/program
• Maintain stock of tools, parts and supplies required for PM’s and repairs
• Coordinate repairs with outside vendors as needed
• Intermediate level skills in Microsoft Office Products (Word, Excel and Outlook)
• Ability to communicate with shop personnel to better troubleshoot machine issues
• Must be able to lift 35 lbs. daily
• Must be able to spend 50-90% of the work day standing or walking
• Adhere to all company safety rules
• Be willing to work various shifts if needed to help maintain production levels
• Possess a valid class C drivers license
• Be EXTREMELY organized

Preferred:
• Limited Maintenance Electrical license
• PLC experience (troubleshooting and programing)
• Understanding of CMMS
• Able to use forklifts, extended reach forklifts and scissor lifts
• Able to use overhead bridge cranes
• Able to do simple repairs/adjustments to diesel forklifts
• Able to do simple repairs/adjustments to LP Forklifts
• Ability to weld, machine and fabricate parts as needed for repair or R&D
• Be an active member of the safety committee

This is a Union position. Successful applicants must be able to pass a drug test.

Compensation:
• Union Scale $17.51 – $24.83/hr DOE
• Pension Plan
• 401k
• Medical and Dental Insurance
• Vacation & PTO

Please send your resume to HR@albinaco.com or fax it to 503-692-6020

Updated Pictures of Curved Rectangular Tube Steel “Spheres” Covered in Glass

See below for the most recent pictures of the curved steel “Spheres” in Seattle, WA. 750,000# and 1,050 pieces rectangular tube steel bent the easy way and a portion bent off-axis. Almost 8 miles of welding work and grinding was avoided because of Albina’s ability to bend a portion of the project. Almost NO correction was needed during fabrication or erection as the bends fit to the fixtures within 1/32nd of an inch!

Curved Steel Bio-Spheres Covered in Glass

Curved Steel Bio-Spheres Covered in Glass

Curved Steel Bio-Spheres Covered in Glass

Curved Steel Bio-Spheres Covered in Glass

Curved Steel Bio-Spheres Covered in Glass

Curved Steel Bio-Spheres Covered in Glass

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!

Update on Solar Panel Installation at Albina Co., Inc.

We are continuing our efforts to reduce our collective dependence on fossil fuel and we are installing a solar power system on our shop roof to derive clean, pure energy from the sun! We are doing our part to go green and reduce our carbon footprint. Just today, over 100 panels were installed! 168 panels were installed in just two days and that includes panel installation and wire management!

Here is what we are doing:

• We are installing a 135kW (kilowatt) system.
• The panels will be covering the roof of our 4th bay (this bay is 12,500 square feet)….that is a lot of solar panels.
• Our building is perfect for solar as we have no shading and the panels will be southern facing for optimal efficiency for all seasons.
• One array of solar cells will be 45 ft x 106 ft and the second array of solar cells will be 45 ft x 113 ft.
• We will generate our own power for use. If we have excess power it will go back to the grid.

What are you doing to reduce your carbon footprint? Do you consider the what your vendors or suppliers are doing to combat greenhouse gas emissions and global warming? People who are continuously looking for ways to improve their output without having an adverse effect on the environment is the type of vendor you want working for you. Vendors who look for new and innovative ways to improve their business will be the same ones that will give you a quality product and care about the outcome of your project.

Safety Is A Priority at Albina Co., Inc.

Albina continues to be one of the steel industry leaders in safety.
Our shop workers always approach their jobs with safety in mind.
We have a team of workers and management that make up our safety committee. These team members meet monthly and conduct onsite walk throughs in our steel bending shop to identify potential safety hazards. These hazards are always promptly remedied to avoid any potential issues.

While most companies want to avoid safety inspections from OSHA, Albina welcomes these inspections. In fact we volunteer for OSHA safety inspections every year! Along with OSHA inspections we team up with a local vendor to act as our outside safety consultant. This vendor assists with our safety committee, educating us on current safety regulations and conducts safety walk-through’s with our safety committee team.

Albina is proud of being an industry leader in safety and continues to make improvements keeping our steel bending shop as safe as possible.