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National Tube Supply is proud to welcome Chad Cilley to the company in the role of Territory Manager. Chad comes to National Tube Supply with more than 15 years of commercial experience in metals, steel and mechanical tubing.

Chad currently resides in Western Ohio with his wife and 2 children, and their 2 dogs and 4 cats. In their free time, the family enjoys camping, swimming and Netflix movies.

According to Andrew Nackovic, Director of Sales & Marketing for National Tube Supply, “We’re excited to welcome Chad to the team. With his industry knowledge and experience in business development and account management, Chad’s well positioned to excel as a Territory Manager for NTS.”

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National Tube Supply (NTS) celebrated its 30th anniversary in 2020 by embarking upon a brand refresh. As part of the 30_year celebration, an interim anniversary logo design was deployed across corporate communications and on various commemorative items which were distributed to employees throughout the organization. Moving into NTS’s 31st year in business, the company has recently updated its corporate branding to a bolder, more modern feel that reflects a strong future for NTS, while retaining a color palette that honors the company’s long history.


According to National Tube Supply’s President, Bob Bates, “Celebrating our 30th anniversary in 2020 was an exciting milestone. And with the unveiling of our new branding in 2021, we’re looking forward to the next chapter of growth at NTS.”


NTS Branch Manager, Moreno Valley, Rob Smaron

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Rob Smaron has been part of the National Tube Supply (NTS) family for an impressive 25 years! In 1994, he started at NTS as one of five sales representatives working out of a trailer. He has played an essential part in our national growth over the last 25 years, with a particular focus in our Moreno Valley, CA location. We recently sat down with him to learn about his perspective over the years, the growth of his facility and more.

1. Tell us a bit about yourself.  

I grew up in Chicago and graduated from Illinois State University. After graduating, I got my first sales job selling Filter Queens door-to-door. Now, I have an amazing wife who I met in 2001, we are celebrating our 10-year anniversary this year. I also have an amazing 12-year-old daughter who I can brag about all day. I enjoy spending time with my family, the last few years we have visited a few national parks, which we all loved. I also consider myself a fantasy football guru.

2. Can you tell us about your experience and career growth at NTS?

I started in the industry with an electric resistance welded pipe (ERW) mill in 1992 when I answered a newspaper ad. I still remember the ad: ”steel company searching for college grad to teach business to…” I spent almost two years there as a tube planner, deciding which coils to slit to make various sizes of ERW tubing. One day,an elder salesman who I befriended gave my name to someone at NTS. I started working with them in 1994 at the inside sales desk, and now 25 years later, I’m the Branch Manager of the Moreno Valley, CA location. My day-to-day activities include working with my inside and outside sales staff to provide direction and guidance where I can. Our daily goal is to provide excellent service to our customers to exceed their expectations so they call us again tomorrow. I am lucky to have an excellent group of people in Moreno Valley. I also work closely with our merchandising group in University Park to make sure our stock levels are adequate for servicing our customers.

3. How has NTS changed since you joined?

Back in 1994, NTS was still located in Hammond, IN and the sales group worked out of a trailer. We only had one product line of hot finished (HF) seamless tubing. I would say we’ve come a long way since then. When we added drawn over mandrel (DOM) to our product line, we really started to see some significant growth, particularly in the automotive and oil industries in the western region of the U.S. In 2002, I moved to California to build on our opportunities there and after the initial success we had, we opened the Moreno Valley facility in 2010. This location has grown year after year since we opened, enjoying our best year in 2018. The facility has grown from a few employees and one warehouse shift to 17 full-time employees, two warehouse shifts and our house truck fleet that we added in 2013.
4. What do you see for the future of the company?

I see NTS continuing to grow as a leader in the mechanical tube and fluid power markets. The west is a vast territory and I believe there is still a lot of opportunities to be explored to increase our position as a major player in the marketplace. The philosophy of exceptional customer service has never changed since the day I started and implementing that mindset within our team here will help us achieve the next stage of growth.

5. Why should customers choose NTS?

At NTS, we always take the approach of listening. Any distributor can supply a tube, but we ask what else we can do to make it easier for our customers. Although price is always an important factor, customers want reliability. Our customers know we will always go above and beyond service expectations. We also have a vast inventory at NTS but we are always looking for opportunities to add new sizes and we add them based on what our customers actually need, rather than what we think they need.

Want to learn more about National Tube Supply and our facilities? Browse our online inventory or get in touch with our team of experts, we’re always happy to hear from you.

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Recently in the news, at conferences we have attended and through conversations with our customers, there is one distinct theme popping up across all industries: the Fourth Industrial Revolution. According to the World Economic Forum, the Fourth Industrial Revolution is characterized by new technology that is fusing the physical, digital and biological worlds, impacting all disciplines, economies and industries.

When thinking of the latest advancements in technology, you may think of virtual reality, self-driving cars or the latest Google product. But how are these advancements improving business processes, specifically within the steel tube supply industry? And what does it mean for the future of warehouses?

More Data Analytics
When operating inventory at the warehouse, collecting data and analytics is key for operations, purchasing and sales departments. The ability to closely analyze order history and customer data allows you to see which products are:

  • Consistently ordered by current and potential customer base
  • Ordered seasonally
  • Trending because of upticks in the market

The more you have insight into these trends, the more flexible you can be to the markets you serve. By adopting the latest data analytics technology, you can get a better idea of what products are likely to be ordered so you can have them ready to pull, cut and ship within 24 hours.

More Advanced Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP)
ERP is the engine that allows a company to better gather data and manage core business aspects to eventually build the foundation for data analytics. A proper ERP system, such as Epicor, allows the user to accurately and efficiently enter data, while storing it in an orderly system. After information is entered, employees in any department have access to the most up-to-date data. For example, the accounting team can see the future A/R balance for a particular account that was just entered, the purchasing group can see how one order absorbs into the sales forecast and the operations staff can see the number of saw hours required at any given time. This business management software is a technology that is advancing and improving as fast as any other technology because it is such a core aspect of running any business, but especially warehouse operations. Future technological advances can help steel tube suppliers streamline operations, save time and allow more accurate forecasting.

Increased Automation
In today’s world, there are automated cranes, saws and packaging robots that can replace certain processes within the steel industry. On one hand, automation can mean an entirely new level of accuracy and speed compared to the traditional warehouse setup. It also means that machines can take on some of the riskier roles within the warehouse to further ensure the safety of its employees. Automation can create an increase in efficiency and the idea is not to replace employees in these roles, but rather to give them better tools to complete those processes. By doing so, a supplier can remain competitive in the market and also allow employees the chance to grow and explore additional areas of expertise.

Combined with our employees’ skills and experience, we are committed to using technological advancements to serve our customers faster and more efficiently than ever before. To learn how we can help you, get in touch with us.

What are some ways your company is using technology to revolutionize your processes? Share your thoughts with us on social media @NationalTubeSupply.

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Choosing a steel tubing supplier can either be simple or complex based on your approach to the process. Some customers may simply want the cheapest product, while others may want more of a partner in the ordering process that looks at total costs.

To offer customers the best possible service, we constantly ask ourselves: what are the most important factors that customers should be considering when choosing a steel tubing supplier? We put together the following list to give you some insight into what we, as a supplier, believe are the most important questions to be asking yourself during this process.

1. Does your supplier have inventory constraints?
As a supplier ourselves, we know inventory is the most crucial aspect of the distributor you choose. To put it simply, the more inventory that a supplier stocks onsite, the quicker you will get your products and the more reliable they will be. A couple of factors that affect onsite inventory are how many times a year inventory is turned and what percentage of inventory is dedicated to the products you’re looking to source. For example, many suppliers may turn inventory five to six times a year. Look for a supplier with fewer constraints and that only turns inventory a few times per year. If a supplier’s products are not a good fit for your inventory demographic, constraints may come up at the last minute and lead to unnecessary stress during a routine order.

2. Is your supplier flexible?
Flexibility is one of the most important characteristics you should consider because your steel supplier should never dictate how you do business. Ideally, they will work with your production model and figure out how to work around it.

3. Does your supplier have the proper internal resources to service the account?
Adequate customer service is a value-added service that immensely improves the working relationship. If you need a fast turnaround on a product, you should be able to rely on your supplier to be responsive and accurately get your order processed and delivered as quickly as possible.

4. Can your supplier offer solutions in times of need?
The company you choose to work with should be knowledgeable and experienced enough to recommend solutions in times of need. Maybe your supplier recognizes another product that fits your application that you didn’t initially think of. They should be familiar with this and know your company well enough to go above and beyond for you.

5. Does your supplier have the logistical capabilities to deliver your products?
Having all of the above is a great start, but the final key to a great manufacturer is a strong distribution network. After a successful order, your supplier should have the logistical capabilities to reliably deliver your products to you. Specifically, ask if they have their own transportation fleet or if it’s outsourced, and if there are any limitations to the geographical span of the delivery network.

At National Tube Supply, we work hard to accomplish all of the above for our customers and provide a service that exceeds your expectations. If you’re looking for a steel supplier that fits all of the above, get in touch with us.

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Greg Williams has been a lead/supervisor of our Baytown warehouse for more than three years. At work, he makes sure the facility runs in an orderly and timely manner, while making sure employees are doing their job safely, correctlyand comfortably. After work, he unwinds by fixing older model cars. See what a day in his life is like as part of the NTS family:

10 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Here at our Baytown facility, we have two split shifts in the warehouse to better serve our customers’ orders around the clock. Around 10 a.m., I come in and talk to everyone on the 7 a.m. shift to see how things worked out during the morning. For example, did everything cut last night? Do you know if everything is ready for the house truck? Is there anything that needs to be run tonight? Everyone in the warehouse truly works together like a round-the-clock team – I really view these guys as my second family. Once I get a handle on the status of the warehouse, I go into the office to make sure that everything has been released for that day and the day after.

12 – 3:30 p.m.

When I get through some of the office work, I go back out to the floor to see what’s being run on the machines. I help with receiving, pulling, cutting, loading and shipping material as well as releasing orders for material to be cut, pulled, weekly audits on material, warehouse monthly inspections, etc. I rotate between helping out with the machines, monitoring the pack table area to ensure the correct materials are being pulled and routinely checking the receiving area to see if we need to unload anything.

Once I’ve done my rounds, I’ll support the area that needs the most attention for a few hours. In the rare occasion that anyone falls short, I’m right there to back him or her up. I make sure to be someone they can depend on at all times.

3:30 p.m.

When 3:30 p.m. rolls around, I’ll get the ‘tonight cuts’ ready to run for the night. On any given night, anywhere from 10 to a few hundred cuts will run overnight. I’ll pick which orders are going to which saw and get the material pulled and ready for cutting.

5:30 p.m.

Around 5:30 p.m., I’ll tell the saw guys to finish up their last order for this shift. As soon as they have the ‘tonight cuts’ ready, they straighten up the warehouse and lock the building around 6:30 p.m. when we head home.

7 p.m.

After work, my favorite hobby is fixing older model cars. I feel as if I’m a doctor bringing something of age back of life. It’s a great feeling to bring nothing to something! I love it!

And one of my other favorite things to do in Baytown is the EAT THE BBQ! I can’t get enough of it!


When I started at NTS a few years ago, it was a growing company in Baytown. I wanted to grow along with it, as well. This turned out to be one of the best decisions that I’ve made. I’m very proud to be part of the NTS family and I feel grateful whenever I open those warehouse doors each morning.

Want to learn more about National Tube Supply or the Baytown facility? Browse our online inventory or get in touch with our team of experts, we’re always happy to hear from you.

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Debbie Keppler-SteppAfter 37 years of experience in the manufacturing industry, National Tube Supply (NTS) Area Manager Debbie Keppler-Stepp has a passion for building relationships with customers across the region. In her spare time, she also enjoys gardening and spending time outdoors with her family. Learn a little more about her and her role at NTS below.

  1. Tell us a little about your role at NTS.

I have been with NTS for 13 years now, originally starting with the company at its University Park location, in Chicago. Two years ago, I transferred to the Houston area and became the area manager for our facility in Baytown, TX. My role involves looking for new potential customers as well as working to maintain relationships with current customers in the areas of North Louisiana, East Texas, North Houston and San Antonio.

I really enjoy working with the team in Baytown because we work really well to support our growing list of customers. We truly work as a team at all levels and together, we immerse ourselves in their industries to better advise how our products can improve our customers’ businesses.

  1. Where do you see NTS in five years?   

I expect to see a lot of growth across all NTS locations, but specifically for Baytown, as it is one of the newer facilities. In Baytown, I think we will continue to see a successful increase in the number of employees, customers and warehouse shifts.

  1. What is something you wish people knew more about NTS?  

We like to provide a value-added service and part of that includes solving problems for our customers, which is why we ask a lot of questions about the way they run their businesses. We use our experience and expertise to identify and solve problems that customers may not even be aware of, and we recommend the best products for them, based on what we hear.

  1. What do you love most about your role as area manager at NTS?   

I love having the opportunity to meet new people from all over the region, as well as building relationships and finding new business for our company. I also enjoy continuously learning about our products, how they are used and where they can be applied.

  1. What do you like to do in your spare time?

I’m an avid reader and I love gardening! I have a great husband who also happens to be a great cook, a niece who is like a daughter to us, and a 2-year-old granddaughter. Since moving to Texas, we have enjoyed hanging out in our backyard year-round, having friends and family visit and spoiling our two dogs.

Want to learn more about National Tube Supply or the Baytown facility? Browse our online inventory or get in touch with our team of experts, we’re always happy to hear from you.

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National Tube Supply is celebrating 27 years of customer-focused service to manufacturers across North America. To learn a little more about us, our services and our facilities, we put together the infographic below, which summarizes the state of our business in 2017.

To find out how we can provide you with value-added service, contact us here.

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With so many industries playing a key role in manufacturing, it is important to stay up-to-date with the various factors that can affect supply and demand, and our customers’ projects. As we kickoff 2018, we decided to immerse ourselves in some of the upcoming forecasts for the year ahead. Below you will find three key trends that we see for the various industries we operate in, including rail, construction, agriculture and more.

1. General Optimism
The outlook looks positive across a number of different trades.

As the global population continues to rise, the agricultural industry continues to see an uptick in both demand and production. One of the causes of the hike in demand is the increased exportation of equipment to countries such as South Africa and Brazil, especially as Canada continues to represent a large volume of the U.S. export market (

In addition to this, lower unemployment rates and wage increases are supporting the rise in new home builds for the construction industry. With this, we expect to see a growth in equipment sales, leading to improved equipment manufacturing.

After a tough three to four years, there seems to be a change in outlook for the oil and gas industry in 2018. According to Forbes, the midstream oil and gas industry in the U.S. will boom in the upcoming months. And, with the ability to quickly onboard fracking, we expect the barrel of oil to sit between $55-65 per barrel throughout 2018. National Tube Supply’s Baytown, Texas plant is already seeing a number of new manufacturing projects.

2. Increased Commodity Prices
As global demand for commodities continues to rise, prices are forecasted to continue increasing as well. This brings a positive outlook for industries related to mining and drilling, such as water exploration, oil and gas, and precious metals like gold, silver and iron ore.

3. Natural and Political Impacts
External, sometimes unexpected, natural and political impacts play a big role in many industries. In 2017, hurricanes Harvey and Irma caused major impacts on industries in the U.S and we will continue to see these impacts well into 2018. For example, the hurricanes will increase operations in the rail industry for the first half of the year due to transportation of goods for recovery and the rebuild of affected areas. However, the build of new rail cars is expected to remain flat throughout 2018.

Also, in the steel industry, the recent developments in the Cold Drawn Trade Case will impact foreign product coming from Italy, China and Germany. Overall, steel prices rose throughout much of 2017 and this is expected to continue, especially in the first half of 2018.

In conclusion, 2018 looks positive for the majority of manufacturing trades. As a service company to all of the above industries, we are looking forward to going the extra mile to help our customers in various industries achieve their goals in 2018. This has been our New Year’s resolution for the past 27 years, and something we look forward to continuing for the years to come.

What trends are you seeing in your industry for 2018? We would love to hear from you.

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Patience Bailey is the Office Manager of our Baytown, TX facility and is the one who keeps the office up and running as smoothly and efficiently as it should be. She is an enthusiastic manager, a dedicated mom and Houston sports fan.

We recently sat down with her to ask what she enjoys about her role and where she sees the Baytown facility heading in the next couple of years. Keep reading to learn a little more about her below…

  1. Tell us a little about your role at National Tube Supply.      

I am the office manager for National Tube Supply’s Baytown facility. I have been involved with the company since May 2014 and some of my daily duties include checking orders, creating RMA’s, shipping on box trucks and doing a daily count report. I work very closely with the shipping department, the receiving department and also the warehouse.

I love everything about my job! I get to help solve problems and I collaborate with the other facilities in Illinois, California and Canada, and I really enjoy working closely with the team here in Baytown.

  1. When you’re not at work, what do you enjoy doing?

I have a 6-year-old son who plays baseball so most of my spare time is spent watching him play. We are big sports fans, so when I’m not watching him play, we love watching the Astros and the Texans!

  1. What do you think sets National Tube Supply apart from the competition?  

Our commitment to our customers. The whole company is committed to exceeding customer expectations and here in Baytown, we work really hard with a smaller team to make sure all our customers are happy.

  1. Anything else you want people to know about the Baytown facility?

We all work so well together and we are constantly helping each other out to ensure this service facility is the best it can be. We’re all very excited to watch this branch grow and to continue serving Texas and the surrounding states with all their tubing requirements.

  1. Where do you see National Tube Supply in five years?  

I would love to see the Baytown, TX location double its employee headcount as the company continues to grow. I’m sure in the next couple of years, we will see both the expansion of the shifts in the warehouse, as well as the numbers on the sales team, and I’m very excited to watch it happen.

Want to learn more about National Tube Supply or the Baytown facility? Browse our online inventory or get in touch with our team of experts, we’re always happy to hear from you.