Above: A look inside American SpiralWeld Pipe's facility in Birmingham, AL, among the top steel pipe and tube manufacturers in the U.S. (Image courtesy of American SpiralWeld Pipe)
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As supply shortages and high prices continues to plague the U.S. manufacturing sector, more industrial buyers are on the hunt for deals on steel products, including steel tubing and pipe.
Globally, the steel tube market is valued at $142.4 billion and experts predict the steel tube industry to grow at a CAGR (compound annual growth rate) of 6.2% between 2021 and 2027.
Strong demand for steel tubing means that these manufacturers might need to invest in new products and services to keep up with demand and turn this trend into an opportunity for growth.
According to MNI, publisher and compiler of the industrial data that powers IndustrySelect, there are currently 201 steel pipe and tube manufacturers in the United States employing a little over 40,000 workers. Over the past year, employment as increased by 2% in the steel tubing sector. Most of these manufacturers are located in the Midwest and Southern states, with Texas, Alabama and Ohio each being home to two of the 10 largest manufacturers in this sector. Nationally, steel pipe and tube manufacturers report average annual sales of $25 billion.
Compared to other manufacturers, steel tubing plants are more likely to import raw materials since 21% of these companies rely on imports against 11% of all manufacturers. MNI data also shows they're also more likely to sell their products abroad, with 40% relying on an international distribution strategy against 29% of all manufacturers.
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|Company||City||State||Number of Employees|
|Turner Industries Group, LLC||Pasadena||TX||2,409|
|American SpiralWeld Pipe Co., LLC||Birmingham||AL||1,500|
|Allied Tube & Conduit Corp.||Harvey||IL||900|
|Welspun Tubular, LLC||Little Rock||AR||800|
|JSW Steel (USA)||Baytown||TX||700|
|United States Steel Corp., Fairfield Works||Fairfield||AL||700|
|ArcelorMittal USA, LLC||Shelby||OH||650|
|Curtis Maruyasu America, Inc.||Lebanon||KY||600|
|Benteler Steel Tube Manufacturing Corp.||Shreveport||LA||500|
Turner Industries Group, LLC
Turner Industries Group, LLC has a total of five locations. Its largest one is in Pasadena, TX, and employs 2,409 people.
They specialize in producing carbon and alloy pipes for the construction industry and electrical infrastructure. This manufacturer stands out by using innovative techniques for pipe bending.
American SpiralWeld Pipe Co., LLC
With 1,500 employees, American SpiralWeld Pipe Co., LLC is a Birmingham, AL, manufacturer that offers a wide range of pipes, pilings, joints, lining and coating products.
This manufacturer produces pipes with diameters ranging from 24 inches to 144 inches.
These larger pipes are designed for the wastewater and hydroelectric sectors.
Allied Tube & Conduit Corp
Allied Tube & Conduit Corp is located in Harvey, IL and has 900 employees. This award-winning manufacturer offers a wide range of cable and wiring systems for the electrical grid, telecommunications and fiber optic infrastructure.
The company’s product catalog also includes galvanized steel tubing and conduits, including signpost tubing.
Welspun Tubular, LLC
Little Rock, AR, is home to Welspun Tubular, LLC and its 800 employees. This manufacturer produces coatings, joints and pipes ranging from 24 inches to 60 inches in diameter for the oil and gas industry.
Welspun Tubular uses modern production methods thanks to its automatic mill.
JSW Steel (USA)
JSW Steel is a Baytown, TX, company with 700 employees. They specialize in carbon steel plates, piping and coating products.
This manufacturer relies on a double submerged arc wielding production process to prevent impurities and deliver flawless products to the oil and gas sector, ship building industry, offshore platforms and other industries.
United States Steel Corp., Fairfield Works
United States Steel Corp. has 700 employees and is located in Fairfield, AL. This manufacturer stands out thanks to its R&D department.
It's a steel producer and supplier for the energy, transportation and defense sectors.
ArcelorMittal USA, LLC
ArcelorMittal USA, LLC makes pipe and tube products with the automotive, construction, appliance and machinery sectors.
This Shelby, OH, manufacturer has 650 employees and uses a vertical strategy that encompasses mining of raw materials.
Curtis Maruyasa America, Inc.
Curtis Maruyasa America is a subsidiary of Japan-based Maruyasa Industries Company LTD. The company a fabricator of fluid and gas control products including steel tubing, serving the automotive industry. This location employs 600 in Lebanon, Ohio.
Benteler Steel Tube Mfg. Corp.
Located in Shreveport, LA, Benteler Steel Tube Mfg. Corp. makes seamless and welded steel tubes.
Their 500 employees deliver high-quality products for the automotive and energy sectors as well as customized industrial solutions for construction and hydraulic systems.
DeBra-Kuempel Co. specializes in industrial piping for the construction industry. This Cincinnati, OH, company has 500 employees and also offers electrical and plumbing products and building automation systems.
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Editor's note: This article was originally published in May of 2020. It has been updated to include new statistics and trends in the industry.