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August 26th, 2019 - If You Build It, They will Come

The age-old adage rings true, even in the world of metal post processing. Construction is moving forward at a brisk pace at our new, highly anticipated Albany, Oregon site! The pit construction is officially complete, the main slab poured, and the walls are now being constructed. We will proudly offer both Hot Isostatic Pressing (HIP) and vacuum heat-treating services at this facility. Click on the pictures below to see updates on the site which will house one of the largest HIPs in North America. Keep checking back for more updates, and make sure to follow us on social media for live updates!

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July 7th, 2019 - You Can't Build a Great Building on a Weak Foundation

After months of meetings with contractors, the city of Albany, and the state of Oregon, Stack Metallurgical Group (SMG) has officially began the process of constructing the Albany facility plant! Dozens of people (both contractors and SMG staff) are on site daily, seven days a week working with the robust project. That is over 25,000 square feet of space devoted for metal post processing, the facility will be the one of the most innovative thermal post processing facilities in the country.

Make sure to keep checking back for updates!

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Harold Stack: July 5, 1915 - June 14, 2019

Harold E. Stack, age 103, passed away peacefully at his home in Madison Park on June 14, 2019.  Seattle born and raised, Harold graduated Roosevelt HS in 1933 and from UW in 1937 lettering in Skiing and a member of Phi Sigma Kappa.  Active sailor, skier, fisherman, served in US Navy for over 5 years during WWII, departed at rank of Cmdr., then rejoined family steel distribution business started by his father. Innovative, industrious and active locally and with the Steel Service Center Institute, Harold grew Stack Steel and Supply Co. with the help of many loyal employees to a regional business with branches in Seattle, Spokane, Anchorage and Portland.

Selling the business in 1977 to fully retire, he and Trudy enjoyed snow birding  from their Windermere home of 55 years to Rancho Mirage for 30 seasons making many new friends, dining, dancing and golfing at Thunderbird CC.  Married 70 years before losing Trudy in 2013, Harold carried on solo but with truly exceptional help from a staff of loving caregivers.  Children Sally, Nancy, Robb, Katie and spouses, plus 6 grandchildren and 8 great grandchildren can’t thank them enough for the compassion they showed keeping Dad healthy and safe in his last few years.  Harold was a man of many interests and talents collecting NW art, amassing a prominent collection of ancient carved jade, piloting his own airplane with IFR ticket, growing apples in Tieton and developing real estate. Fishing was his true passion that was shared by best friend and attorney Bob Purdue…….always in pursuit of the “Big One”.

Harold and Trudy affected the lives of many with their philanthropy and especially by granting tuition scholarships at UW to deserving graduates from their respective high schools…..Roosevelt and Garfield.  He was a UW Tyee member for nearly 70 years, a member of Seattle Yacht Club since 1939, Broadmoor Golf Club starting 1961, the WAC since 1952, and he was a founding member of Columbia Tower Club plus a founding shareholder in Crystal Mountain.  Harold was truly one of “The Greatest Generation” who had many interests and accomplishments.  No service is planned so just raise your glass and toast to a good man.

January 7, 2019: Stack Metallurgical Group to Enter Hot Isostatic Press (HIP) Market


Stack Metallurgical Group (SMG) will be entering the Hot Isostatic Press (HIP) market in 2019 with the addition of a QIH 286 “Mega-HIP” manufactured by Quintus Technologies.  Based in Västerås, Sweden, Quintus is widely-regarded as the global leader in high-pressure equipment and solutions.  The addition of HIP will further expand the service offerings of SMG to key customers in the aerospace, medical implant, additive manufacturing, and power generation industries.

The equipment being constructed for Stack will offer some of the largest capacity available not only in the Northwest United States, but around the globe.  It will be equipped with Quintus’ proprietary uniform rapid cooling and features a large-capacity work zone of 63 inches (1,600 mm) in diameter and 102 inches (2,591 mm) in height, allowing densification of large batches at 29,000 psi (2,000 bar) and a maximum operating temperature of 2280°F (1,250°C).

“We are truly delighted to bring large-scale HIP capacity to the Northwest U.S. market,” according to Doug Puerta, CEO.  “HIP is a complimentary service to our existing portfolio of offerings.  Stack has always worked closely with its clients to make smart investments to support their metal processing needs.  By expanding into HIP, we’ll be in a position to offer a really outstanding value proposition of capability, capacity, quality, and service.”  Dave Ederer, Chairman of SMG adds “This is an important extension of Stack’s business philosophy of providing new technology to its established customer base.”

“Stack HIP” will be based in a brand-new 25,000 sq. ft. facility in Albany, OR.  This will be the fourth location for SMG, and will complement existing heat treat and metal processing facilities in Portland, OR, Spokane, WA, and Salt Lake City, UT.  Construction of the new HIP facility is underway and will be completed in mid-2019, with equipment installation to immediately follow.

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