Solving problems beyond your supply chain requires innovative thinking and using new technologies to improve quality. We work with our customers to create templates for laser cutting as well as 3D prototypes in house. Our investment in industrial 3D printing technology can help you better adjust for fit, form and function to build a superior product in less time.
At Central Tube and Bar, our focus on high quality, precision components for our customers wouldn’t be possible without our team behind the scenes. We’re a dedicated group of individuals who bring their strengths together to produce superior value-added services to our customers.
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.
CONWAY, Ark., November 27, 2018 – Central Tube and Bar has expanded their Conway facilities to include a new 72,000-square-foot facility in addition to their existing corporate headquarters and fabrication facility on Middle Road. As part of the new expansion, Central Tube and Bar has also added a new BLM LT7 tube laser, the company’s 7th laser.
Central Tube and Bar is pleased to have earned a prestigious ISO 9001:2015 certification, underlining the company’s commitment to high quality tube and bar products and innovative technologies. Previously certified under the ISO 9001:2008 standards, Central Tube and Bar underwent an extensive audit by Perry Johnson Registrars, Inc. to meet the updated 2015 ISO certification standards that now include more customer and industry focused requirements.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.