The Linenless Table Company
Over forty years ago a quiet little company in Magnolia, Arkansas, began manufacturing the world's finest picnic tables and benches using high-strength aluminum extrusions. Founder Charles Taylor had been an innovative leader in the aluminum industry for years.
His vision began with the Southern Piknik® tables and bench line by utilizing stadium bleacher extrusions he innovated years earlier. In 1981, Southern Aluminum revolutionized the folding table industry by introducing the Alulite® lightweight folding banquet table. The lightweight table had the strength incorporated similar to stadium seating, and at the time, was the first and only true lightweight table offered in any market. Today, the tables are still up to 35% lighter than any conventional table.
As one of many of Southern Aluminum's innovative products, Alulite® set the folding/banquet table industry 'on its ear'. Subsequently, other companies began introducing "lightweight" tables using alternative materials (plastic, thin plywood, etc.), but none to date are as strong, lightweight, and durable as Southern Aluminum's line of folding aluminum tables. Thanks to aluminum's incredible high strength-to-weight ratio, it is possible to design multipurpose tables and furniture with exceptional stability, lightweight, and durable characteristics. Another game changing product category was created by utilizing the same lightweight/high strength aluminum qualities for upscale tables. Our iDesign Table™ targets conventional heavy tables and equipment used in hotel meeting spaces, conference center meeting rooms, and universities.
We can't take credit for all of our recent product offerings. It is people like you, our customer and partner, that we listen to because you are the experts that know what you want or need in your professions. We take it from there by designing prototypes, continuous refinements, and finally, a new product that is a real solution! That's how we came up with the extremely striking Swirl Tables® that will change any room from boring to dazzling.
Because of Mr. Taylor's business acumen and integrity, which is forever ingrained in our company culture, Southern Aluminum continues today being the first to introduce innovative and market changing designs; and the instilled and inherent desire to always "walk-the-walk" in giving exceptional customer service.
Mr Charles Taylor
Mr Mark Taylor
Mr Charles Taylor
Mr Mark Taylor
Allison has a proven executive management track record and over 22 years of experience with Southern Aluminum. She has managed all facets of the company’s operations including accounting and finance, sales and marketing, new business development, manufacturing, and human resources. A devout believer in relationships, Allison is dedicated to the people, products and partnerships of Southern Aluminum and is proud to lead the team in continuing the company’s pledge of world class customer experience and service.
Prior to joining Southern Aluminum, Allison worked in accounting and finance in the oil and gas industry. She also owned and operated several small businesses throughout her career and served on the board of many non-profit organizations. A native of Magnolia, Arkansas, home of Southern Aluminum, Allison is a graduate of Southern Arkansas University and a CPA.
Chief Operating Officer
Dave brings a wealth of executive operational leadership to Southern Aluminum. His proven methods involve strategic goal setting, empowering employees and relentless focus on continuous improvement, which have delivered strong operational improvements throughout his career. Dave joins the company from Confluence Outdoors where he served as Vice President of Operations. In that position he was responsible for improving all aspects of the business.
Before joining Confluence Outdoors, Dave spent 7 years as a General Manager running a multi-site fastener business serving the aerospace and automotive industry. He has also held leadership positions with Honeywell, Piston Automotive, Rexam Beverage Cans, and TRW Automotive. Prior to his career in manufacturing, Dave served 8 years active duty as a Sergeant in the United States Marine Corps.
Executive Vice President of Sales and Marketing
John is a seasoned sales executive with more than 20 years of experience building and leading successful teams. Prior to joining the company in 2019, he served as Vice President of Hospitality National Accounts at Towne Park, the nation’s leading provider of parking and transportation services to the hotel industry. In that role, John managed national relationships with hotel ownerships groups and third-party management companies. John also worked as a Regional Vice President and as National Sales Manager during his 10 years with Towne Park. Previously, he spent 8 years with Veritas Partners, a private equity firm with investments in manufacturing and real estate.
John earned a BBA from the University of Notre Dame. He was honored as a member of the National Parking Association’s "40 Under 40" Class of 2015. John resides in Kansas City with his wife, Jenny, and their four sons. He enjoys golfing, coaching his kids’ sports teams and traveling with his family.
Good things come in 3's. and G's.
Our objective is to consistently and methodically exceed our customer's expectations through high-quality design and superlative customer service. We live by researching anything relative to our vision and we tirelessly pursue knowledge of our markets and implement strategies that will make us #1 in every market segment. Through collective knowledge and individual proactive thinking, we experience first-hand what our customers really want. Everyone in our company complements our vision of maintaining a patently successful business model.
Our passion is innovative, sustainable design that our customers have come to expect from us. Whether it's our signature Swirl® option or a customized project, we constantly improve all of our prototypes until every aspect of a design and every detail is just how we want it. Perfection in our products allows us to offer unmatched qualities and warranties. That's why most of our customers are repeat and referrals.
After almost forty years of business, Southern Aluminum has grown exponentially and, might we add, still growing. A continuing relationship with our customers keeps us motivated. Our customers are more than an order number; they are the reason we do what we do. Our obsession for quality, a passion for people, and attention to detail is what keeps our vision as fresh and invigorated as it was in the beginning. And this will always be what moves us forward.
Southern Aluminum has been constructing durable aluminum tables and staging that adhere to our stringent guidelines of product innovation, consumer efficiency, and green initiatives for forty years. We are proud to be good stewards of the environment, taking care to be environmentally conscious from the beginning to the end of our manufacturing process. Aluminum is one of the most recycled materials on the planet. By incorporating this green material in all of our product designs, Southern Aluminum naturally offers one of the most sustainable product lines available. The aluminum in our products contains at least 70% recycled aluminum (10% post-consumer and 60% preconsumer). Higher recycled content available upon specific customer request. Southern Aluminum products are fully recyclable. Southern Aluminum implements several sustainable practices throughout our production facility to divert waste away from landfills and improve recycling of aluminum, scrap metal, cardboard, and plastic. The conservation of scrap materials is continually studied in the daily production process of all Southern Aluminum products. Fall-off metal from assembly is collected and recycled at a recovery facility. A powder coating system is used to optimize re-use of water and also minimize steam off-gas.
Since 2015, Southern Aluminum has participated in the Supplier Sustainability Assessment Program (MSAP-FF&E) administered by MindClick. MSAP is an annual review of vendors' Fair Labor and Human Rights practices, Environmentally Responsible Manufacturing efforts, and Product Sustainability. Companies are evaluated on certain criteria (raw materials, chemicals, production, packaging, distribution, guest health, hotel operations, and product end of life) and can score as a Sustainability Starter, Achiever, or Leader. With the completion of calculating our environmental energy, waste, and water footprints, Southern Aluminum achieved the highest level score as 'Sustainability Leader'.
California Technical Bulletin 133
Cal 133 is a fire code standard that tests products for emission of toxic fumes, gases, or smoke from fire at high temperatures. Southern Aluminum products have been tested and were found to exceed the stringent criteria set for Cal 133. All tests were performed by a certified and independent laboratory.
Southern Aluminum is honored to have won the Bloom Award for Occasional Furniture with the XCube Table™. The Bloom Awards are sponsored by Interiors & Sources magazine and ASID (American Society of Interior Designers). They honor products that embody both aesthetics and environmental responsibility.
Southern Aluminum is the proud recipient of the U.S. General Services Administration Evergreen Award for the furniture category. This achievement is awarded annually to one company that makes a concentrated effort to lighten the footprint modern society places on the environment. This award has encouraged and inspired Southern Aluminum to continue partnering with Mother Nature to preserve a healthy environment for generations to come.
Aluminum recycling is the process by which scrap aluminum can be reused in products after its initial production. Recycling scrap aluminum requires only 5% of the energy used to make new aluminum. For this reason, approximately 31% of all aluminum produced in the United States comes from recycled scrap.
Features and Benefits
We are proud to say that our aluminum furniture is made in the United States of America and shipped all over the world. We use American made aluminum, hardware, powder-coat painting and packaging. Our products are proudly crafted in Magnolia, Arkansas, USA!
The expenses of table linens, associated labor and laundry costs are an enormous burden to a facility's operating budget. Use our ROI Calculator tool to illustrate the reduction in operational expenses by utilizing Southern Aluminum's linenless banquet and meeting tables. The elimination of linen maintenance, replacement, laundry expenses, and staff labor costs result in substantial savings and return on investment (ROI) in a short time frame.
Southern Aluminum's expertise in design and manufacturing has always set the highest standards in our markets. We want you to be confident in our time-tested and functionally proven products. We guarantee our products to be free from manufacturing defects for as long as you own them. This includes the functional and mechanical performance of each product as used in the conventional purposes of application.
Southern Aluminum is the innovator and leading manufacturer of linenless furniture. Our goal is to offer reliable products with superior quality for meetings, banquets & events. Southern Aluminum strives to optimize customers' properties with state-of-the-art linenless solutions!
With over 40 years of experience, Southern Aluminum has developed products that truly offer a return of investment. Our focus on sustainability and quality starts in Southern Aluminum's facility in Magnolia, AR. Southern Aluminum combines modern, innovative manufacturing techniques with a master craftsman’s attention to detail.
Southern Aluminum not only provides first-class solutions but superior relationships! Partnering with major hospitality leaders and businesses is our motivation for the continuing commitment of excellent products and customer service.
Address: 5 HWY 82 WEST, Magnolia, AR 71753
Southern Aluminum is seeking candidates for Regional Sales Directors in New York, Chicago, San Francisco & Atlanta
This hospitality position requires a strategic thinker who understand their markets, customers, competitors, and products to effectively position Southern Aluminum and to grow market share within hotels and resorts in the defined territory
Southern Aluminum Adds Key Executives to Accelerate Rapid Growth
Southern Aluminum announced that it has appointed two new executives in response to the company's continued growth. Dave Merwitz joins as Chief Operating Officer and John Menghini will serve as Executive Vice President of Sales and Marketing