May 2015

Albina Co. Inc. & Shopmen’s Local 516 Leading the Way in the Bending and Fabrication Industry

The Albina Co., Inc. is located in Tualatin, Oregon, and has been providing customers with innovative, quality products since 1939. Albina is a family owned and operated bending and fabrication shop. Brian Smith, the son of former owner John Smith, preceded Brian as president and started his career with Albina in 1965. John Smith was the first employee hired by Albina in 1939. He eventually bought out the remaining original partner in the early 1960s and remained president until Bill took over as president in the 1980s.

Albina’s staff has over 35 decades of combined experience in the bending and fabrication industry. Albina has been a union shop since inception and currently employs members of Shopmen’s Local 516 (Portland, Ore.) as the primary union. Albina’s union members consist of machine operators, welders, material handlers, helpers, journeymen, leadmen and foremen.

The union crew is trained on site at Albina to learn the “Albina Way” of processing quality work, on time, under budget and most of all, completing the job safely. Some members of the dedicated union crew have been with Albina for over 20 years. It is Albina’s opinion you will not find a better crew across North America. Some of their skills were featured on the front cover and article in the February issue of The Ironworker on the bending and fabrication work done on the iconic San Diego Central Library dome, truly amazing craftsmanship that will be viewed by many for years to come.

Albina has an impeccable reputation in the bending and fabrication industry for producing difficult and unusual parts to customer required quality standards, competitively priced and on time. Albina works with all forms of structural steel including angle, wide flange, channel, square and rectangle tubing and solid bars. In addition to structural steel, Albina also bends pipe and round tubing and has the ability to roll plate. Albina can virtually bend any ferrous and non-ferrous metals produced. Albina supplies products to virtually any industry with a need for bend material, some industries include steel fabricators, public works contractors, architectural designers, sculptors/artists, mills, truck manufacturers, ship builders and many others.

In addition to standard bend profiles, Albina is able to spiral/helix bend, compound bend (multiple plane), off axis bend and elliptical/parabolic bend. Albina prides itself and its union crew in their ability to bend helical stringers out of single HSS sections verses fabricated stringers from channel and plate.

Albina’s number one goal when servicing the steel bending industry is customer satisfaction.

“Our job is not successful unless customers are satisfied with our communication, customer service, and adherence to our schedule, fair pricing and a quality product.”

Albina Co., Inc. is proof that by working together as partners, company and union can become successful leaders in the steel bending and fabrication industry.