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 on NAM's video homepage at www.YouTube.com/namvideo, and click here.

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

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