CONWAY, Ark., February 14, 2018 – Central Tube and Bar, a valued-added distributor and processor of tube, bar, and other metal products, has appointed Eric Chambers to the role of Chief Operating Officer. After 20 years of experience in the tube and bar industry at Central Tube and Bar, Chambers will lead operations and direct the company’s finance and administrative functions.
When you need precision stainless steel tube parts processing, finding the right supplier can be challenging; after all, you probably don’t have a CNC machine shop on every corner offering tube laser cutting, value design, and multi radius bending services. But that doesn’t mean that you don’t have a choice when it comes to tube cutting, pipe bending or CNC services.
Manufacturing precision metal parts requires precision equipment, and precision design. As the market matures for products, it becomes increasingly important to manufacture them faster and cheaper.
When you’re an OEM or service center ordering tube and bar products, you won’t stay in business long if you accept anything less than perfection on every order. And while you’re at it, you’ll have a hard time growing your business if you cut into your already thin profit margins by paying too much for parts.
Most OEMs operate with extremely tight margins in highly competitive industries, which can make it tough to grow. Raising prices often means losing loyal customers to your competitors, and your only option is finding ways to reduce your costs.
OEMs and service centers are all a little bit different in terms of their path to market, the types of custom parts that they need to fulfill their orders, and their volume of business. But no matter who they are, their success depends on partnering with suppliers that will ship them the parts that they need, when they need them, and at a price that they can afford!
For two decades and counting, our team at Central Tube and Bar has been the top provider of precision metal cutting, precision bending, parts processing and finishing, and tube laser cutting for an 8 state area. In that time, we have grown from a single facility in Conway, Arkansas into a company that also operates service centers in Waco, TX, and Tulsa, OK.
When people think about manufacturing, they probably imagine huge factories full of huge equipment cranking out huge numbers of products. But the truth is that over time, manufacturing has become very specialized.
These days, most companies only manufacture a few parts on their own and outsource the rest, then do final assembly in-house. As long as all of the suppliers deliver the right parts, and deliver them on schedule, this new arrangement is quicker and more cost-effective. It also sounds a lot like collaboration, but is it?
Like a lot of OEM manufacturers, you’ve probably considered outsourcing as an option to provide the manufactured goods your market demands at a price point that will enable you to stay competitive. It’s likely that you’ve had to make some hard decisions and some difficult compromises, and offshoring a portion of your manufacturing may seem like an ideal way to get things running smoothly again.
At Central Tube and Bar, we take a lot of pride in developing long-term partnerships with our clients, and we are well equipped to provide the metal laser cutting, pipe bending and CNC tube laser part finishing services that you need. We’ve been one of the leading CNC service centers for the south-central United States for 20 years counting, and we owe our success to large amounts of repeat business.