Decades ago, an antenna salesman asked Vero Beach-based Aluma Tower, which made towers for ham radio operators and TV antennas, to mount a tower on his van so that he could show customers what the antenna atop it would do for their TV reception. That marked Aluma’s entry into the mobile tower business.
TCMA Board of Directors, left to right, Brooks Price, Phoenix Metal Products; Pete Tesch, EDC; Bill Wilcox, Phoenix Metal Products; Jim Turner, Apple Machine & Supply Co.; Angela Ledford, Aluma Tower Company; Jerry Jacques, Advance Machine & Tool; Joe Gorham, Indian River State College; Tammy Roncaglione, CenterState Bank. (missing from photo Kara Wood, Hi-Tide Boat Lifts.) Photo courtesy of TCMA
TREASURE COAST – The Treasure Coast Manufacturers Association, a non-profit trade association created in 2016 to promote the region’s industry, has just celebrated its first year. ”
Our mission is to strengthen manufacturers’ economic competitiveness and promote the collective interests of manufacturing, distribution and wholesale trading companies in the Treasure Coast region,” said the organization’s president, Jerry Jacques, General Manager of Advanced Machine & Tool in Fort Pierce. “Our kick-off meeting in August 2016 drew more than 100 attendees, making it clear that there is a need for a proactive organization to be the voice of manufacturers.” [read more]
“We bought the original 800 system in December 1997, and acquired an Aluma tower trailer, five-channel trunking system and some conventional repeaters in 1999. As part of our rebanding we were left with some Quantar repeaters and had them upgraded. We now have a six-channel P25 system, a five-channel analog with three, 800 conventional repeaters, three UHF conventional repeaters and three VHF conventional repeaters in the Aluma tower.”
(Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) As another Summer Olympics begins, Rio 2016 shows us that athletes are competing at the highest level to reach the top of the podium and have their names written for all eternity. In order to make this mega event safe for all of the athletes, delegations and public, it is necessary to provide a robust and sophisticated communication infrastructure, Aluma Tower is playing an essential part in providing the proper support to the Brazilian security forces and International Olympic Committee (IOC). A total of 6 Scorpion trailers were designed and delivered in support of the recent mega events. By using quick deployable mobile trailer tower systems with a 32 meter unguyed tower, the organization and security of the games guarantee a reliable dedicated and secure private network, avoiding any problem for communications between the essential parts of the Rio 2016 games.
Aluma Tower Company, Inc. is now supporting the IRSC with industrial materials for their welding school. Starting February 8th, IRSC will be using the aluminum materials donated by Aluma Tower to teach the art of TIG welding. The donated metal will provide the necessary support to the students at the welding school, which will allow for continued improvement of their TIG welding skills. Welding aluminum is an art and presents more challenges than its steel counterpart. It requires not only a special skill but also a lot of practice to perfect the technique. Aluma Tower is proud to support our local community and help our local school system.
(from TCPalm.com) Every day Aluma Tower Company manufactures portable aluminum towers, shipping them across the country and around the world.This multi-million dollar manufacturing business has been located in the center of Vero Beach on Old Dixie Highway for the past 40 years, yet chances are you’ve never heard of it. You can easily drive by Aluma Tower’s two locations and never notice either one. Angela Ledford, president and general manager, calls her company “a hidden gem.” From supporting emergency management, to surveillance, meteorology, and communications applications, Aluma Tower is part of our lives, working invisibly right under our noses. Read More
Aluma Tower Company now offers Finance or Leasing options for all customers interested in purchasing mobile tower systems. Aluma’s Vice President of Finance, David Pascale, working together with Crest Capital, has structured Aluma Tower to be able to provide a finance or lease option for all United States customers interested in purchasing an Aluma Tower mobile tower system. By following a simple and streamlined application process, Aluma’s U.S. customers will have access of up to $150K (financing above $150K is also available with a more in-depth credit approval application) in credit to finance or lease their desired product. For more information and to verify your rate and estimated monthly payments, please access http://www.crestcapital.com/alumatower
Aluma Tower’s President, Angela Ledford, joins the Indian River County Chamber of Commerce Economic Development Director, Helene Caseltine, CEcD, in receiving the Indian River County Board of County Commissioners proclamation, designating October 2015 as Manufacturing Month in Indian River County, Florida. Indian River County is home to 132 manufacturers that produce a wide variety of products, from personal aircraft to personal submersibles, and paddleboards, expandable pontoon boats, as well as Aluma Tower’s deployable aluminum telescoping tower, trailer/shelter units used to support emergency management, communications, surveillance, meteorology, and other high-tech applications. The manufacturing industry is vital to the health of our County, the State of Florida, and our nation.
(September 17, 2015, quoted from TCPalm.com) With 35 employees, Aluma manufactures aluminum telescoping towers, shelters and trailer units, much of which are sold to the U.S. government. The company’s economic impact in payroll and property taxes exceeded $250,000 last year. Sales increased 50 percent last year, with more than 95 percent distributed outside Florida. “Results like these are a direct reflection of the talent of our employees,” said Angela Ledford, Aluma’s president and general manager, “Aluma Tower has been in Indian River County for more than 40 years and we are honored to be active contributors in our community.” For more go here.
(Quoted from SFMA’s Manufacturer of the Year Citation) It is decade number five for the Aluma Tower Company, but early yet for a legacy spanning the substantial portion of the wireless world’s time line. Aluma Tower Co. continues designing customer centric, innovative solutions for wireless communication infrastructure. The favored core is the patented mobility tower/ trailer/ shelter system utilizing the earth’s third most abundant element, aluminum, singular for virtues of strength, agility and lightness. Nesting towers expand up over 100 feet to provide 80 percent of steel’s strength with one-third the weight, aptly supporting antennas, RF equipment, cameras, lighting, and air sampling, and wind measurement devices, among other peripherals. Rugged trailers take the units over the road or up and down rough terrain. Units have been lifted by rotor-craft to remote high altitudes, where solar panels provide the non-fossil fuel powering source. For more go here.
Aluma Tower Company, a global leader in the design, manufacture and distribution of tower, trailer and shelter systems, has received ISO (International Organization for Standardization) 9001:2008 certification for all its United States operations. The company’s quality management system was assessed by National Quality Assurance, The Premier Management System Registrar accredited by ANAB.
ISO 9001:2008 sets out the criteria for a quality management system. Accepted worldwide as the standard that defines quality, ISO 9001:2008 provides the necessary framework to improve company efficiency, minimize risk and maximize opportunity.
“Achieving ISO 9001:2008 certification is a testament to the hard work and dedication of our team members,” said Steve Ellingworth, Vice President of Quality. “Attaining this certification speaks to our commitment to increase internal process disciplines and make certain Aluma Tower systems and customer support remain tantamount with quality.”
Angela Ledford, President and General Manager adds, “We design, manufacture and distribute hundreds of systems each year, and our commitment to quality assurance and operational traditionalism demonstrates our long-term position on the importance of consistent high quality products and service.”
Senior executive with in-depth technology and operational experience to focus on financial growth, research and development innovations and enhanced production capabilities
Vero Beach, FL: Aluma Tower Company, the trusted leader in permanent and transportable aluminum tower solutions announced today that Angela Ledford has joined their organization as President and General Manager. Ms. Ledford brings more than 20 years of telecommunications industry and business experience to her new role. In addition to growing Aluma’s long heritage of best in breed products, she is tasked with driving research and development efforts that will bring new and innovative products to fulfill the growing needs of their customers. Ms. Ledford will also be responsible for leading the financial and operational effectiveness of the organization. Prior to joining Aluma Tower Company, Angela held numerous senior leadership positions in the telecommunications infrastructure industry with executive roles spanning operations, product design and development, manufacturing, sales and marketing, human resources, customer service and IT.
“After a long and thorough international search, we feel fortunate to welcome such a remarkable talent to our organization,” said William Main, Chairman of the Board. “Angela’s enthusiasm and drive for developing profitable organizations is matched by her extensive experience in building and leading technology driven global companies. By leveraging these assets, Angela provides Aluma Tower with tremendous growth potential. We look forward to the next level of success that Angela will take Aluma Tower to.”
“Aluma Tower Company is at the forefront of designing and developing customized transportable aluminum tower products and solutions for the most prominent commercial and government organizations in the world today,” said Ledford. “I look forward to utilizing my R&D and operations expertise to expand our production capabilities and develop new products that will continue to build upon the four-decade tradition of the company’s product innovation and excellence.” I am excited to be a part of the Aluma Tower team. Together we will fully exploit new and existing opportunities and work to break into new market verticals.”
Aluma Tower Company
1639 Old Dixie Highway
Vero Beach, Florida 32961
ISO 9001 Certification
SFMA 2015 Award
Telescoping aluminum towers for permanent & temporary use – All Aluma Tower Company, Inc. towers are designed according to the TIA-222-G Structural Standard for antenna supporting structures and antennas.