Cool Stuff Being Made: Superior Tool Co.

By January 19, 2008Cool Stuff Being Made

This week’s “Cool Stuff Being Made” video profiles one of the building blocks of American manufacturing, only in this case, the blocks are tubes — high-quality, precision metal tubes. John Reinhart, director of development with Superior Tube Company in Collegeville, Pa., shares his company’s “tubeology” and what it takes to manufacture small-diameter metal tubing for the mega-industries of automotives, aerospace and medicine.

The local paper, The Mercury, did a nice company profile of Superior Tube in last year’s Progress edition, “Superior Product: The sky’s the limit for longtime area producer of high-end tubing.” The family-owned company got its start in 1934 making nickel tubing; today the aeronautics industry is a prime customer. To see Superior Tube at work, click the embedded video or go to the NAM’s video homepage at, and click here.

Original footage is courtesy the Pennsylvania Cable Network, good friends of manufacturing, education and, of course, Pennsylvania.

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