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April 17th, 2020 - Stack Service Spotlight February Recipient: Joe Lafayette

On behalf of the Stack Metallurgical Group management, we would like to extend our appreciation for the amazing work done by our own Joe Lafayette. Joe is an integral team member at our Spokane facility. With over 10 years of experience with vacuum heat treating, he serves as one of our heat-treating experts in the company. Joe routinely works on weekends and holidays enthusiastically to ensure orders are delivered to customers correctly and on time.

His diligence, expertise in AMS specs and heat treating, self-motivation as well as dedication to always go the extra mile in order to achieve the best possible results for our customers is what makes Joe stand out. In his free time Joe can be found spending time with his family, hiking, or mountain biking. He also fills leadership positions at his church. The team at Stack recognizes the amount of effort that you put into your job every day. Thank you for your hard work and effort, Joe. We are lucky to have you on our team!


April 8th, 2020 - Stack HIP Achieves Nadcap Accreditation for Hot Isostatic Pressing

Stack HIP, a division of Stack Metallurgical Group (SMG), has achieved Nadcap certification for its new facility in Albany, Oregon. Nadcap is a global cooperative accreditation program for aerospace engineering, defense and related industries. With this approval, Stack will be offering Hot Isostatic Pressing (HIP) services to North American manufacturers supporting the aerospace industry.

“Achieving Nadcap certification for Stack HIP is truly a team effort,” states Brice Winney, Stack HIP General Manager. “Having this certification allows us to provide HIP services for our primary aerospace customers. It also reflects on the high attention to detail within our team for safety, quality, and operational excellence.”

SMG now offers four Nadcap-accredited locations with a focus on aerospace, power generation, medical implant, and high-end knife and cutlery markets. The company’s modern and extensive equipment lineup offers a comprehensive portfolio of services for demanding clients throughout North America.

March 27th, 2020 - Critical COVID-19 Support

The full resources of the Stack Metallurgical Group are available to any manufacturers supporting our efforts against the COVID-19 pandemic. Capacity for the processing of any medical and/or ventilator components, 3D printed/additively manufactured parts, tools and dies, or anything else related is immediately available.

All capacity that we can offer is available free-of-charge to our manufacturing partners. Our team of metallurgists and engineers are also available to provide any knowledge-based support. Please contact the Stack team and let us know how we can help!

#metalpostprocessing #heattreating

-The Stack Metallurgical Group

March 23rd, 2020 - Together We Rise/COVID-19 Update

Stack Metallurgical Group operates four facilities that provide Heat Treating and Metal Processing services to a range of industries.

As Heat Treating falls within the Primary Metals Manufacturing, Critical Manufacturing Sector, all of our locations remain open to support the continuing needs of our customers.

The safety, health, and well-being of our employees remains our top priority, and we have therefore adopted a number of policies to protect our team.

We appreciate your patience and support as we strive to maintain our high standards for quality and customer service during this challenging period.

If there are any future developments which result in a temporary closing of a Stack facility, we will make every effort to directly contact impacted customers.

Thank you, and our very best wishes to everyone!

Doug Puerta
CEO, Stack Metallurgical Group

March 6th, 2020 - Stack's Hot Isostatic Pressing (HIP) Facility Completes Nadcap Audit

We are proud to announce we have completed our Nadcap audit for our hot isostatic pressing facility in Albany, Oregon. This diligent and meticulous process would not have been completed without the hardworking staff at our Albany site, and our partners, Quintus Technologies and Messer Group. We are expected to be officially Nadcap accredited in mid-late April. Keep checking back for more information. If you are interested in partnering with Stack for your HIP needs, please feel free to reach out to us here:

#hotisostaticpressing #metalpostprocessing #aerospacemanufacturing

February 27th, 2020 - Stack Service Spotlight February Recipient: Nancy Brummel

We would like to recognize our own Nancy Brummel for her outstanding work in her role as the Quality Director of Aerospace Aluminum Processing. Nancy has a rich history in the aerospace industry. She began her start at Hill Air Force Base as a Crew Chief on the F-16 Fighter, as well as working on the assembly and fabrication of the MD-11/MD80 at McDonnell Douglas. All these experiences and more made Nancy the perfect candidate for the role of the Quality Director at our Salt Lake City facility.

Nancy has been in the role for over 20 years and ensures that all aerospace components leaving the SLC facility are of the utmost quality. She does this while maintaining the highest degree of customer service. She helps our customers with throughput, quality, and cost reduction. Thank you, Nancy, for your exemplary performance and dedication to our customers!


February 10th, 2020 - Stack Hosts Open House for New Mega Hip Facility in Albany, Oregon

The countless hours of hard work from the Stack team, the City of Albany, Quintus Technologies, Omega Morgan, Messer Gases, Gerding Contractors, NW Bank, and many others came to fruition last week with the Grand Opening celebration for Stack HIP. Over 50 attendees were able to get a first glimpse of the new facility and were able to see our fully operational QIH 286 “Mega-HIP”.

This was a very special day for the entire team at Stack Metallurgical.  In addition to our partners and community guests, leadership from all of the Stack sites was present in Albany for the celebration

#hotisostaticpressing #metalpostprocessing #postprocessing

January 23th, 2020 - Stack Spokane Adds New Vacuum Heat Treating Capacity

Stack Spokane has recently expanded its heat treating capabilities with the addition of a new Ipsen TITAN® vacuum furnace. This state of the art H6 2-bar vacuum furnace includes a 36” wide x 36” high x 48” deep graphite hot zone which can process load size of up to 3,000 lbs. The furnace will mainly be utilized to process critical aerospace components. Download the press release to find out more information.

#heattreating #vacuumheattreating #postprocessing #thermalpostprocessing

December 5th, 2019 - Stack Metallurgical Group Augments Hot Isostatic Pressing Capacity with Second System from Quintus Technologies

Västerås, Sweden, December 5, 2019 – Spurred by a successful entry into Hot Isostatic Pressing at the beginning of this year, Stack Metallurgical Group is redoubling its commitment to the technology with the addition of a second Hot Isostatic Press (HIP) from Quintus Technologies. Click the button to download the press release!

#hotisostaticpressing #postprocessing #thermalpostprocessing

Västerås, Sweden, December 5, 2019 – Spurred by a successful entry into Hot Isostatic Pressing at the beginning of this year, Stack Metallurgical Group is redoubling its commitment to the technology with the addition of a second Hot Isostatic Press (HIP) from Quintus Technologies. Click the button to download the press release!

#hotisostaticpressing #postprocessing #thermalpostprocessing

October 17th, 2019 - The Best Time to Build a Roof Is When the Sun Is Shining

This saying definitely rang true this past weekend, as the sun shone down on our new facility in Albany, OR.  The team is working seven days a week to prepare for the arrival of HIP Unit #1, a Quintus QIH 286 “mega HIP”. The project remains on-schedule, and we are excited to launch HIP services in Q1 2020.  Keep checking back for more updates

#hotisostaticpressing #heattreating #postprocessing #thermalpostprocessing

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!

#hotisostaticpressing #heattreating #postprocessing #thermalpostprocessing

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!

#hotisostaticpressing #heattreating #postprocessing #thermalpostprocessing

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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