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Above: Groundbreaking picture features Gary Chess on left, then Gary Throw (warehouse manager for NTS in University Park) and John Pocica (one of NTS’ first sales team members at University Park). Throw and Pocica have been with NTS almost since its inception in 1990.

April 2013 - National Tube Supply (NTS) will take another bite out of the mechanical tube market with the opening of a new plant in Baytown, Texas by year’s end. 

NTS – the nation’s leading distributor of carbon and alloy mechanical tubing – recently broke ground on 24.2 acres in Bay 10 Business Park, strategically located 20 miles east of Houston and near to major distribution hubs.  

“The facility will feature about 100,000 square feet of warehouse space, 7,000 feet of office space, and considerable outside storage,” Gary Chess, NTS president, said. The plant will house material handling equipment and saw cutting equipment.

“In addition to improving delivery times to our customer base in that region, it will also serve as an inbound depot for any product not available domestically that we bring in through the Port of Houston,” Chess added. “Houston is one of the largest mechanical tube markets in the nation, and the Baytown facility will allow us to better serve the surrounding states, which regionally represent the second largest market nationwide.”

Chess indicated NTS has had its eye on the Houston market since 2011.

NTS scaled back in 2009 in response to the economic downturn hitting the nation in 2008. “We met with all employees and talked about our recovery plans and long-term strategies to rebuild the company from a higher benchmark,” Chess said. 

With bulldog determination, NTS saw 2012 levels reach or exceed those of 2008, surpassing any of the forecasters’ projections from 2009 that a recovery could take five- to-six years. At a management/sales meeting in April 2011, NTS began plotting expansion opportunities. 

“The Houston market was first on our list, our goal being to further our market penetration with a local presence,” Chess added. “We presented a plan to the shareholders, had it approved, and that’s what led to the Baytown groundbreaking.”

NTS Baytown is the company’s fourth plant. Its headquarters are in University Park, Ill., with a plant in Moreno Valley, Calif., serving the West, and a leased space in Beaver, W.V., covering the East.

Star Building Systems will manufacture NTS Baytown’s metal building; the general contractor is Altra Builders in University Park, Ill., with assistance from Ron Cleveland Construction in Texas. 

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