Person of Interest
Jason Weber, VP of Sales and Marketing, Taber Extrusions
Jason Weber is Vice President Sales & Marketing for Taber Extrusions. Previously, Jason was the Director of Business Development for Energy and Industrial Products at Hydro Extrusion North America. He has 20+ years of global manufacturing experience collaborating with internal partners, end users, suppliers and international partners to help innovate product and service offerings and drive the definition, design, and implementation of strategic plans and industry relationships that maximize revenue, improve the customer experience and enhance brand value. Jason is an active member of the Aluminum Extruders Council (AEC) and is the leader of the Council’s Marketing/Industry Promotion Team. Jason holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration and Marketing from Minot State University in North Dakota.
We asked Jason to answer a few questions for us-
Give us a quick overview of your job.
As the VP of Sales and Marketing I am responsible for all customer facing activities. As an extrusion company Taber has a very broad base of extrusion capabilities with extrusion container sizes from 2” to our large rectangular container 28” X 10”. This robust container size selection has Taber providing extruded components to almost every type of end use customer from Defense and Aerospace to standard shapes for the Distribution channel. In addition to providing extrusions, Taber also operates an integrated CNC machining factory, billet casting facility and in 2020 began operation of a Friction Stir Welding facility capable of joining profiles up to 65’ in length.
At Taber our tag line is “The Shape of Endless Possibilities” and the depth and breadth of Taber’s manufacturing capabilities enables our customers to take advantages of Taber’s capabilities and capacities to develop cost efficient structures for their products.
It is my pleasure, in my role with Taber to be the tip of the spear in working with our many different customers to help enable their success. Of course, with any customer relationship there can be issues to work through and it is my responsibility to liaison with Taber manufacturing and develop plans and implement solutions to solve the customers issues.
What are some things that happen for you in a typical day at work?
I’ve been in the extrusion industry for almost 25 years. One thing has remained constant during my time in the industry is it is never the same thing twice. Every day is different. With the current economic environment much of my day is spent working on opportunities to help customers. Whether that be improving production schedules, problem solving manufacturing issues or launching new customers/products every day is a new opportunity to learn.
How does your job impact the markets you serve?
Taber’s foundation is serving the Defense industry. Taber’s extrusion profiles are used in naval vessels, military vehicles, military aircraft, and munitions to name a few of the end uses. At Taber, we take this commitment to the US warfighter to heat and take great pride in providing the products we do. My role is key to delivering on the contract requirements as established by our customers.
How do you interact with Secat, Inc. and how does the relationship benefit you?
Our interaction with Secat varies depending on the project. At time we have worked with Todd Boggess – President, Shridas Ningileri – VP Engineering, Nicholas Nanninga – Technical Director, and Jim Hands – Sales Manager. Not to mention all the people at Secat behind the scenes that help delivering on the specific project we are working on. Projects completed have been of various scopes from simple billet characterization evaluations, to completing product conformance testing (where Taber labs do not have capabilities or capacities), to developing new conformance testing procedures or Root Cause Analysis.
Tell us something about yourself (outside of the industry) that people may not know.
My wife Joni and I live in Shawnee, KS (suburb of Kansas City – GO CHIEFS!) and we have 2 sons. Our oldest Chris is a recent graduate from the University of Kansas (ROCK CHALK JAYHAWK!) and Max will be a Junior in high school. Joni and I were born and raised on farms in SE South Dakota and we enjoy traveling back home to see our families.
I enjoy running, playing guitar and baseball.