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‘Tis the Season to Give


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Last week we wrapped up our annual Holiday Food Drive at Vulcan and it was a major success! 2015 marks the 6th year we have held the Food Drive and it is always amazing to see our employees come together to provide for those in need in our local community. Last year was the first year we combined our annual United Way Giving Campaign with the Food Drive, which is the way it was structured again this year. We are extremely excited to announce that the employees of Vulcan raised over $10,000 in food and donations.

In the world we live in today, it is so easy to get caught up in the stress that comes along with the holidays, but this is just one example in which that age old saying rings true… it is better to give than to receive.

Thank you to those that helped us reach our goal and also to those that worked so hard in organizing this worthy cause!

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year from our family at Vulcan to yours.

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Christmas Cards 2015

To our valued customers and friends, we extend our sincere best wishes for a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year from the Alabama Gulf Coast! Although we may not be experiencing a white Christmas as our neighbors up North are accustomed to, sunny and 75 degrees in December makes for a pretty perfect day at the beach to shoot our Christmas card. From the employees of Vulcan, Inc. we send warm wishes to you and your family and look forward to a prosperous 2016!

Vulcan Aluminum Renovation Complete!


The renovation of Vulcan’s oldest production facility is now complete! Built in 1968, this building was in need of several cosmetic updates. Included in the renovation was a re-design of the employee entrance which included improved space planning and a widened side walk, as well as a new break room and bathrooms. The size of the break room has been doubled by removing an existing wall, allowing for much more elbow room during high-traffic times of break and lunch. Two new refrigerators were also purchased to allow for more cold storage space. A 70” LED monitor was also purchased and mounted in the break room to aid in communicating safety training and company announcements. All new plumbing, lighting and flooring was installed, while walls were also painted for a more modern feel.


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A new conference room was also created inside the office area. This facility was the only one on Vulcan’s campus that did not have a meeting space such as this, so the sales team is extremely excited about having a space to congregate and meet with customers.

This renovation has been a breath of fresh air for the employees of Vulcan Aluminum and everyone has been diligent about keeping these new areas clean and tidy.  All employees definitely appreciate the investment Vulcan made in them!

Web Launch Announcement |The New and Improved Vulcan Aluminum Mill Website


First and foremost, we want you to know that we’ve moved! If you visit us at our old url ( you will automatically be redirected to our new web address Once you enter the new site, you will notice things look a little different… Indeed they do! However, don’t be alarmed. We are still the same faces and same company exhibiting the same excellent customer service!

The upgraded site includes new and unique features such as an animation that illustrates the Continuous Casting Process of Aluminum versus the Direct Chill Casting Process. Be sure to check out the Media and Blog page where you can view and download the Specs for the three different alloys we manufacture and click on the link to read our latest blog post on The Blacksmith’s Hammer.

The new site is conveniently organized and boasts both educational information, as well as technical specs that we are sure you will find engaging. So, what are you waiting for?! Get out there and explore the all new to find out how our state-of-the-art products and services can benefit your business.


Manufacturing Day 2015

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Lately around the Vulcan campus, there has been a lot of prepping going on… prepping for an invasion of 240 high school students that will occur on Monday, October 5th! We are excited to announce Vulcan will be participating in Manufacturing Day 2015 for the very first time.

What is Manufacturing Day?

Good question. Manufacturing Day is a celebration of modern manufacturing meant to inspire the next generation of manufacturers. In partnering with Foley High School, students 9th-12th grade will be touring our campus all throughout the day.

Why celebrate manufacturing?

Why not for crying out loud?! In today’s market where more and more goods are fabricated overseas, we take extreme pride in the fact that our products are manufactured in the United States. In 1975, Vulcan was the first corporation in Alabama to become employee owned and we remain that way today. We are a medium-sized business with 280 employees, who are like family. We aren’t just making traffic signs, utility signs, aluminum coil, blanks and metal stampings. We are investing in the livelihood of our employee-owners, their families and our community. All that being said, a celebration is definitely in order so don’t ask again!

What is the goal?

Our goal is to show these students that quality, American-made products are being produced right here in Foley, Alabama. Our hope is that a spark of inspiration will be ignited so that they can envision the endless possibilities if they decide to one day make manufacturing a part of their future.

Who is behind National Manufacturing Day and where can I learn more?

Manufacturing Day is co-produced by the Fabricators & Manufacturers Association, International (FMA), the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM), the Manufacturing Institute (MI) and the Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP). You can learn more by visiting

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The Voice of Vulcan

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He grew up in a family that ran the local radio station, WHEP, in Foley. This circumstance required that he develop a supreme radio voice at a very young age. Clear, concise, booming, impeccable inflection and tone… he’s got it all. If you don’t recognize this face, or have never heard his unmistakable voice, you have truly been missing out on knowing a very large piece of Vulcan’s history. Jim Stewart, the Senior Vice President of Vulcan Signs and Vulcan Aluminum, began his career on July 1, 1974. This photo, taken in 1981, is the perfect illustration of why the title of this blog post is The Voice of Vulcan.

It is company-wide knowledge that Jim is The Voice of Vulcan. He has performed several voice-over sessions for Vulcan company videos and it never takes long for both employees and customers alike to pick up on the fact that the robust voice they are hearing is in fact, Jim Stewart!

Jim, thank you for your charm, your wit and for always bringing a certain level of nostalgia to the table. Most of all, thank you for your dedication to our company.

Simplify | Ordering Across Multiple Locations Just Got Easier


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Has ordering marking products become too much of a chore for your corporation? Over the years, we have heard horror stories about how consistent ordering across multiple field locations is nearly an impossible task. One location orders flexible fiberglass markers from Company A, while another aluminum signs from Company B, while yet another orders from Company C. With no specifications to go by, it is easy for ordering to become a free-for-all and what you end up with is zero brand consistency among each location. You want your signage and pipeline markings easily identifiable whether you are in Texas or North Carolina, right? At Vulcan Utility Signs, we have developed a solution. Our Marking Standards Manual illustrates signs and markers specific to your corporation that are approved to order, along with item numbers and specifications. The manual is easily distributed in digital format, ensuring each field location will have easy access. It’s a no-brainer if you ask us. So go ahead, simplify! There is absolutely no reason why ordering marking products should be hard. Contact one of our knowledgeable customer service representatives at Vulcan Utility Signs to get started today! 1.800.426.1314 or


Just the FAQ’s: Vulcan Signs Customer Service Team Answers Top 3 Most Frequently Asked Questions


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Does your metal meet DOT standards?

Yes, 5052-H38 has been the industry standard alloy for the past 40 years and is the only alloy specified by all DOTs, and for good reason…

  • 5052 has 39.3% more Tensile strength and 33.3% more Yield strength than 3105*
  • 5052 has 5 times the magnesium content of 3105, giving it vastly superior corrosion resistance*

–        Relative to the performance of the two alloys, the price difference is negligible

Vulcan specializes in the manufacture and fabrication of 5052-H38. Its long-standing reputation as the industry standard speaks for itself.

*Data from 2009 Aluminum Standards and Data issued by The Aluminum Association

Does your sheeting meet the minimum retroreflectivity?

Yes. Vulcan Signs is an exclusive 3M fabricator and all of our signage utilizes 3M sheeting, which meets the minimum retroreflectivity standard.

Does Vulcan make custom signs?

Yes! Fabricating signs for the transportation industry is where we have made our mark in the signage world since 1966, but over the years we have grown and expanded our product offerings to include endless possibilities for custom signage. The addition of our in-house laser cutter enables us to fabricate completely unique shapes. From our very own Vulcan Aluminum, we have lasered everything from monograms for door hangers, to intricate logos, giving a standard sign a layered or 3D effect. Our large format digital printer broadens our abilities to offer signage that includes full color, high-definition photography and graphics as well. The experienced graphics team at Vulcan has the knowledge and expertise to take a generic idea and fine tune the design, producing an end product that includes the right balance of graphics and verbiage for an effective message. We also have the ability to color match any Pantone color using 3M translucent inks.

Rejuvenation in the Works for Vulcan’s Original Production Facility


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Laying the groundwork

Big changes are in the works for Vulcan Aluminum, also known by employees as Plant 1. Established in 1968, Plant 1 was the very first of Vulcan’s production facilities built in Foley, Alabama. Back in the day, Plant 1 was where all the magic happened, primarily because it was the only building that existed on campus. Before Vulcan grew to include five separate, but integrated manufacturing divisions, Plant 1 was truly the hub of all the action. Not only were aluminum sign blanks produced in this facility, but finished signs were offered as well… all under one roof! Today, these two manufacturing processes have been separated; Plant 1 fabricates and treats the aluminum blanks and Plant 3 (Vulcan Signs), takes the blanks and screens messages onto them, creating the finished product. The separation of the two divisions has proven to be the right move. In fact, Vulcan Aluminum is the largest manufacturer of aluminum sign blanks and sheet in the United States, while Vulcan Signs has also grown to become a top player in the transportation and custom signage industries.

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The beginning of big changes!

Throughout all of this growth and development, the original Plant 1 structure has fared extremely well. However after 47 years, it is time that Plant 1 received a little bit of a facelift. Physically, demolition and reconstruction of the original structure has already begun. The scope of work includes a design for a new conference room, as well as remodeling the existing break room and bathrooms. Each facility’s break room serves as the gathering space for plant-wide meetings and it has become a trend on campus to retrofit these spaces with big screen LED TVs, which are used to display training videos, as well as communicate safety and hazardous weather information. Luckily, no disruption of the production schedule will take place, so expect shipments to continue as usual. Stay tuned… the transformation will be complete in only a few short months and we will be sure to post updates on the progress along the way!

Vulcan Utility Signs: Greater Flexibility with Digital Printing


Here at Vulcan Utility Signs, screen printing has long been our bread and butter method for producing quality signage for the utility industry. However, as part of our effort to offer a diverse product line enriched by a multitude of manufacturing capabilities, we have expanded the ways we can produce signs and markers to better meet those needs.

One example that is representative of our growth is our digital print capability. This versatile printing process gives us the ability to produce almost any type of sign our customers can dream up. Whether it is a sign with a hundred different colors, a complex graphic or a high-resolution photograph, we have the capability of printing it. Have a celebration or special event coming up? We can design and fabricate eye-catching banners to celebrate achievements or promote events. Digital printing has also proven to be a more cost-effective method for small orders with multiple colors when compared to traditional screen printing.


Take a look at the sign below. The intricate details of the “litterbug” can easily be digitally printed in the time it takes to get photos made at the local pharmacy.


Operating a sign business inevitably means you are going to get unusual requests for signs. With the digital printer, we can handle most, if not all, of those requests that come our way.

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