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When National Tube Supply Co. (NTS) opened its doors in 1990, it was a small, 10-employee, tubing distributor with big ideas. Celebrating its 20th anniversary, the company now inventories more hot-finished seamless carbon/alloy mechanical tubing, pipe, drawn-over mandrel (DOM) mechanical tubing and cold-drawn seamless (CDS) carbon tubing at a single location than any other supplier in the country.

With more than 100 years of experience in manufacturing, it’s no surprise that Bronson, Mich.-based Douglas Autotech Corp. has become an industry leader in the heavy truck and automotive segments. The company was founded in 1902 as a parts manufacturer for Henry Ford’s Model T and, “since then, we have grown tremendously,” it declares.

Black Diamond Equipment – a Utah-based company that designs, develops and manufacturers rock climbing and backcountry ski equipment – is best known for its innovation, Vice President of Operations Mark Ritchie says. “We have de­signed, developed and manufactured more products in our market niches than any other single entity,” he says. “Our product line is extremely di­verse, ranging from complex – engineering heavy climbing protection devices – to fairly straightforward products with fairly straightforward supply chains.”

Although Columbian Home Products (CHP) enjoys a rich history of manufacturing quality cookware since 1871, the Terre Haute, Ind.-based company – working in buildings that were built in 1902 – ultimately achieves success by meeting the demands of the modern-day consumer through product innovation and continuous improvement initiatives, Vice President of Operations Bill Carper says.

For almost a century, Cleveland Gear Co. has sustained its reputation for producing high-quality worm gearing with an emphasis on precision, performance and on-time delivery. The Cleveland-based manufacturer’s long-term relationships with vendors, suppliers and customers are solid proof of that, according to John Atkinson, vice president of sales, who says the company’s willingness to customize is one way it stands out in the industry.

When Nancy Reagan launched her “Just Say No” anti-drug campaign in the early 1980s, many programs against intoxicated driving also caught steam. These campaigns began small, but their messages were effective; liquor and beer advertisements now often focus on responsible consumption – if broadcast networks allow them to air at all – and most states have strict laws against driving while intoxicated.

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