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Albina Teams Up with Oregon State University's College of Engineering
Albina Pipe Bending teamed up with the 2009 Baja SAE Team from Oregon State University's College of Engineering to build a winning vehicle. The Baja SAE Team consists of students with disciplines in mechanical and industrial engineering, as well as business, who work together to design an "off-road" vehicle that competes in several dynamic events against other local and national teams.

Albina Pipe Bending donated several 1" OD x .065" wall for the front bracing and rear roll hoop of the vehicle.

In the local competition, the Baja SAE Team placed in the top five for all dynamic events and placed 1st in endurance out of 80 teams. They went on to compete in a national event in Wisconsin and finished in 1st place overall out of 100 teams.

Albina donates bent material to the Baja SAE Team and the College of Engineering at Oregon State University on an annual basis to help the students learn how to work in a team environment that replicates industry applications.
Steel Day 2009
Albina Pipe Bending is hosting a STEEL DAY 2009 Event Date: September 18, 2009 Time: 9 a.m. Event Type: Facility Tour-All Guests must be pre-registered Location: 12080 SW Myslony Street Tualatin, OR 97062 Of Interest to: Architects, Engineers, Contractors & Students Curved Steel doesn't just happen. Precision instruments and expert benders are responsible for these increasingly popular architechtural and structural elements. Attendees will learn about the various methods of bending and rolling steel shapes and develop a thorough understanding of how Albina Pipe Bending Co., Inc. fits into the structural steel supply chain. Common terms and nuances of the processess will be explained and examples provided leaving the participants with the tools to be able to specify bent steel for their projects with more confidence. All necessary safety gear will be provided, although guests are asked to bring their own safety glasses if they have them. Hard hats are not required. Attire is casual and closed toe shoes are required. Coffee and donuts will be served at this event. To register for this event: To request more details about this event, e-mail: or or Contact Albina Directly Toll-Free (866) 252-4628.
Celebrating 70 Years in the Steel Industry
Seventy years have passed since three co-workers had a dream and started a pipe bending company. They had very little, but a strong desire when they started that business in an old blacksmith shop at 225 N. Russell. Their dream grew through hard work and a determination to grow. Albina’s original owners hired two employees, one being John Smith. As a first order of business, John Smith along with the original owners, built Albina’s first bending machine utilizing the transmission and parts from a Model-T Ford. This machine still works to this day, and is in storage at Albina’s current location. At a later date, John Smith was able to purchase the business from its last living entrepreneur. In January of 1967, John’s son, Bill Smith, purchased the company located then at 7805 NE Halsey. Under Bill’s leadership, Albina proved to be capable of supplying unique, quality products to a wide range of industries including structural steel fabricators, public works contractors, pulp and paper mills, truck manufacturers, architectural designers, sculptors, shipbuilders and many others. Albina’s product line grew to include heat exchangers, coils, boiler tubes, chip lines, formed structural supports and framing, institutional barriers and fencing, art work and sculpture, playground equipment, medical and dental equipment. Over the years, Albina has proved they could produce virtually any other metal component that needs to bend or curve without the use of pre-formed fittings. Bill’s son, Brian Smith, came on board in 1998 and was instrumental in the decision to move to the current 50,000 sq. ft. building in Tualatin, Oregon that was custom built in 2001. Brian currently controls all day-to-day operations and holds the title of CFO and General Manager. Albina’s growth is the result of the American dream, solid ideas and hard work. We thank all that have been involved with this growth and we look forward to providing our customers with many more years of the quality customer service and products associated with the Albina name.
2010 Winter Olympics Speed Skating Facility
Albina Pipe Bending Co., Inc. played an instrumental roll in creating the unique roof structure of the 400-meter speedskating oval located in Richmond, B.C. The oval is the home of the speedskating events for the 2010 Winter Olympics. Albina rolled 36 lengths of tube steel (12" x 12" x .375" wall thickness and 54 feet long) to a 101 foot inside radius. In total, 113,000 pounds of material was rolled to create the structural steel supports for teh concrete-roofed dome.

The concept of putting 400-metre speed-skating tracks indoors is relatively new. Until the 1988 Winter Games in Calgary, Olympic competitions were held outdoors. Calgary's organizers convinced the International Skating Union to put its track inside a concrete-roofed room. In doing so, they created a facility that moderated ice conditions.

To read more about the unique architecture of the Richmond Speed Skating Oval, please read the following article titled "Richmond's iconic oval breaks all moulds" - Jan 2009
Museum of Flight in Seattle, Washington
Albina Pipe Bending rolled 128,894 pounds of 5" Sch120 and 5" Sch40 pipe (tilted at 45 degrees)to help create a striking 340-ft steel pedestrian bridge linking the current Museum of Flight (Seattle, WA.) to a remote exhibit space and future development site across a busy traffic arterial. The radiused bend of the hoops varied from 22 ft at the center of the span to 19 ft at the tapered ends. All of the material is Architecturally Exposed and this bridge is a perfect example of why steel is the sustainable, available, fast and econmical choice. Precast structural shapes and cast-in-place concrete solutions were studied, but the narrow apeture through which the structure needs to pass, above the roadway clearance and below the power lines, limited the amount of structural depth that could be accomdated below the bridge deck. Using a steetl truss allowed the structural depth to surround the partially enclosed interior space and also maintained consistancy with the existing museum's architecture. The bridge deck was also originally specified as cast concrete over metal deck, but the weight of the material remained a problem, so once an extruded aluminum deck plank was identified, the steel could be reduced in weight, resulting in a savings to the project and a more appealing and eye catching design. For more information on the Museum of Flight, please see the December Issue of Modern Steel Construction and Steel Bridge News"Taking Flight" by Tim Richey AIA "Taking Flight"- December 2008 MSC
Project Labor Agreements for Federal Construction Projects
On February 6, 2009, President Obama made a significant change in federal policy concerning project labor agreements, or PLAs, on federal projects and government contracts. PLAs require all contractors and subcontractors on a construction project to have a labor contract with unions. Until, February 6, federal agencies could not require the use of PLAs on any government projects. The new Executive Order reverses that policy. While not requiring the use of PLAs, it encourages federal agencies to consider requiring PLAs on all federally-funded construction projects greater than $25 million. It makes PLAs permissible if their use advances the policies of the government's labor-management stability and compliance with safety and employment laws. The Office of Management and Budget has 180 days to make recommendations as to whether the new Order should be broadened. The Executive Order should result in an increase in the use of unionized labor on federal construction projects. PLAs will likely result in higher wages and require negotiation with construction unions in order to obtain federal work. While unions are pleased with the Executive Order, which reverses a non-union trend of several decades, non-unionized Contractors are not, as it impacts their ability, or desire, to bid on federal projects. Albina Pipe Bending Co., Inc. has been a union shop since its inception in 1939. We proudly employ union workers from the Local 290 Plumbers and Steamfitters Union (Local 290 Website) and the Local 516 Iron Workers Union (Local 516 Website). The specific language of the executive order can be found at:
Energy Conservation
Albina Pipe Bending Co., Inc. is a strong proponent of energy conservation. We believe that every little bit helps; we can all do our part to make a difference. Albina, like many other businesses, has made a pledge to save energy with Portland General Electric. In addition to our pledge Albina has taken specific action steps to actually conserve energy. Our entire 50,000 square ft production facility was upgraded with energy efficient light fixtures and bulbs. The new lighting drastically lowered the amount of energy we use and provided a brighter shop floor and better working conditions. We have also installed motors on all of our overhead doors. Prior to the motor installation we opened our doors once during the day and kept the doors open for ease of in and out traffic. The doors were opened only once because they were labor intensive to open and close, but having the doors open created problems keeping our shop heated. The motors allow us to keep our overhead doors closed for a majority of the day during the cold winter months. We now open and close them only as needed. Having the doors closed for a majority of the day has drastically decreased the heating requirement in our shop and in turn eliminates the energy required for heating. Our air compressor that runs our shop was analyzed and found to be inefficiently using energy. Albina immediately put a plan in place to replace and upgrade our air compressor with a more energy efficient compressor. This upgrade has proven to reduce the amount of energy required, daily. Finally, we have made it company policy to only purchase new sales vehicles that get a minimum of 30 miles per gallon. Albina has utilized and will continue to utilize the business energy tax credit that the Oregon Department of Energy provides. Not only are we saving energy to help the environment and improve our business community, but we are able to recognize tax credits for the energy savings. Our pledge to conserving energy, along with the pledges of many other businesses can be found at: Portland General Electric. Our hope is that our pledge and actions will strengthen the business community and demonstrate the power every company has to make a difference.
William Smith Announces His Retirement From Albina Pipe Bending Co., Inc.
retire_ment-733632 On November 18th CEO William Smith announced his plans to retire from Albina Pipe Bending Co., Inc. after 43 years of service. William Smith officially passes the torch to his son Brian Smith, the current CFO and General Manager of Albina Pipe Bending Co., on January 1st, 2009. In the official letter announcing his departure from the family business Smith proclaimed "With Brian at the helm, I am confident the company is in excellent hands". Smith's easy manner and penchant for outstanding customer service have long been the hallmark of Albina Pipe Bending Company. Customer satisfaction and community service are just a few of the values he has imparted in those lucky enough to have worked with him over the years. William Smith's contributions, not only to Albina Pipe Bending Co. but to the community at large, will endure as he continues to share his leadership skills as a mentor and youth advocate for non-profit organizations such as Junior Achievement and CASA. Smith's retirement announcement can be viewed in it's entirety here: WHS_Retires.pdf
Albina Pipe Bending Kicks Off Annual Toy Drive!
toy_drive Yes it is that time of year! The time where we count our many blessings and eat lots of holiday treats! It is also when we look around and see the many, many families less fortunate than ourselves. So in the spirit of giving we begin our annual Toy Drive. This week is the kick-off and runs thru Dec 15th. If your gift is received by Dec 15th the company will match your generosity 100%. Last year was a record year of giving. We were able to donate $2882.00 in toys to The Salvation Army. This has brought uncountable smiles to the faces of less fortunate children. We look forward to doing the same again this year! All of us here at Albina Pipe Bending Co., Inc. would like to thank Deborah Wilson for her contribution as organizer of this annual event. Happy Holidays to you and yours!
How HSS reacts to the bending process
Without some sort of internal support HSS material rolled / curved will result in a certain level of distortion. The faces of the material will try to concave, wrinkle and crush during the bending process. HSS reacts to the bending process by collapsing inward as a result of compression across the horizontal faces and the inside face of the material. Severity of deformation is increased when using thinner wall material and/or bending to tighter radii. Deformation of tube faces is also dependant on material sizes and direction of rolling (i.e. the Hard-way or the Easy-way) when bending rectangular tube steel. The inside face will deform more significantly when bending rectangular material the Easy-way versus the Hard-way. The outside face of the material will always deform the least regardless of bend direction. In extreme cases, certain faces may not only collapse inward, but can result in alternating inward and outward collapsing as larger wrinkles throughout the bend section. Albina Pipe Bending Co., Inc. has implemented an internal support system that reduces concavity, minimizes distortion, allows for tighter radii and reduced deformation and twist. By filling the void in tube steel’s interior, internal support restricts the amount that material can collapse, resulting in greatly reduced deformation using thinner walls to tighter radii when compared to materials bent without internal support. Internal Support is designed to provide higher quality bends to the end user by meeting your Architecturally Exposed needs. Albina Pipe Bending Co., Inc. feels strongly that bending options must be supplied to an end user. It is critical for end users to understand that increasing the wall thickness is a solution BUT NOT the only solution if you demand high quality HSS bends. It is important to Albina to provide customers with cost effective solutions by providing a number of bending options (i.e. roll bending with or without internal support, cold increment bending and hot increment bending) resulting in various end products.