Company History

Company History

OVER TWENTY YEARS OF SUPERIOR SERVICE

PROVIDING EXCEPTIONAL QUALITY AND PRECISION
SINCE 1996

Started with just one bandsaw and a single client, Central Tube and Bar has become a leading supplier and processor of high quality fabricated tube and bar products including round, square, rectangular and special shape tubes. We serve OEMs and fabricators across the mid-south as well as nationally. Our ISO 9001:2015 certified facilities have state-of-the-art equipment, including precision Tube Lasers, coupled with our value-engineering capability allows us to solve difficult quality and manufacturability challenges for our customer-partners.

01

Zero-Defect Quality

As suppliers to military vehicles, school buses, and medical manufacturers, we’ve developed systems for training, production and inspection to meet the demands of our customers.
02

PARTNERSHIP WITH OUR CUSTOMERS

We routinely go above and beyond to help our customers improve their products with the latest in processing capabilities, lean manufacturing, and design recommendations.
03

REFERRALS TO SISTERS AND PARTNERS

We have been honored with the Navistar Diamond Supplier Award twice and have had numerous Top Supplier and Recommendations for Quality. We strive every day to provide superior quality and service. This attention to service has help us grow through referrals and recommendations by our customers.

COMPANY TIMELINE

Continued investment and improvement

1996

COMPANY STARTS

Doug Ward founds Ward Enterprises to supply cut tube to Amtran Bus which was later bought by International Corporation and ultimately became Navistar.

1997

RENAMED TO CENTRAL TUBE AND BAR

To better reflect our growing company, we changed our name to Central Tube and Bar.

2002

NEW CONWAY LOCATION

Moved to new 28,000 square foot facility on Middle Road to meet increasing demands

2003

EXPANSION IN CONWAY

Expanded Conway facility with an additional 10,000sqf, Cantilever Racking System and ERP software.

2006

FIRST TUBE LASER & EXPANSION WITH 2ND LOCATION

Installed first tube laser in Conway, the BLM Adige LT712, and opened a second 35,000sqf facility in Tulsa, OK.

2007

TUBE BENDER & TEXAS OFFICE

Installed BLM Adige CNC Tube Bender and Opened Texas Sales Office

2008

INDUSTRY RECOGNITION

Awarded Navistar Diamond Supplier status and Installed second Tube Laser, Mazak Fabrigear 300.

2009

NEW LEADERSHIP AND CONTINUED EXCELLENCE

Doug Ward retires. Dustin Ward promoted to President of CTB. Second consecutive Diamond Supplier award.

2010

ADDITIONAL INVESTMENTS IN NEW TECHNOLOGY

Installed BLM Adige LT8 Tube Laser in Tulsa. Installed first Flat Mitsubishi Laser.

2013

FIRST FIBER LASER

Installed first fiber laser, BLM Adige LT5.

2015

NEW TULSA LOCATION

CTB Tulsa moves to new 55,000 square foot facility.

2016

TEXAS EXPANSION

CTB opens 3rd facility in Waco, Texas. Installed 5th tube laser with Fabrigear 400.

2017

LT FIBER LASER ADDED

CTB  adds another fiber laser, BLM LT Fiber.

2018

CONWAY EXPANSION

CTB adds its 7th tube laser, BLM LT7.