When choosing a paper tube, be sure to consider the End Closure

Getting a product to market, or planning how best to ship it, is quite a feat. There’s a million details that need to be considered.

A brown cardboard box is simple and economical. Think about all of your amazon.com orders. How do they arrive? In a brown cardboard box with an Amazon logo. It gets the job done. But does it leave a lasting impression? No.

When you order a rare print or poster, and it arrives in a poster tube (not a box), but default, it’s exciting. But why?

It’s different. It’s not a box. It’s round.

Round packaging is less common, so it feels exciting.

A “paper tube” becomes a “poster tube” when two things happen: first, when you insert a poster. And second, when you insert end closures.

Friction-fit plastic end plugs are used with poster tubes for a variety of reasons. Plastic end plugs are light and help keep shipping costs low.

The ribbed, friction fit helps the packer and end user easily remove and replace them. And lastly, they’re available in different colors.

For more information on our end closures, visit our product page.

Paper Canisters look great on retail shelves

Is it possible to make a brown paper tube look good? Yes!

Paper canisters are spiral paper tubes, wrapped with custom graphics, with a top and a weight-bearing base.

This “buy WHY doesn’t money grow on trees?” example (picture above) is what we refer to as Style 1A. It’s a beautiful way to package your product without using a boring square box.

This canister is made up of three separate tubes. The first is the “top,” seen on the right, leaning against the base. The top has a permanent metal end, similar to what you’d see on a Pringles canister.

The brown paper tube is called the “neck.” The top fits right over the neck. The neck fits snugly into the base, and gets glued into place. When the top is placed onto the base, the neck is completely hidden. Depending on preference and budget, the neck can also be made with all flat white paper to give it a clean, retail look.

The base matches the look of the top, but is much taller than the top to ensure stability when placed on a shelf. The base also has a permanent metal end. The metal ends we use are all silver in appearance.

We’ve tried gold and other colors, but our process scratches the finish. So, we stick to silver.

For more information on paper canisters, visit our product page.

3 inch diameter tape cores and label cores

When it comes to spiral paper tubes, the most common inside diameter is 3 inches. But why?

When you order egg bites from Starbucks, the barista peels a sticker off of a roll of stickers, and adheres it to the outside of the paper bag you’re handed. When you’re walking around a convention and get handed a free promotional sticker by one of the vendors, they peel the sticker off of a roll of stickers. When you’re clicking around on eBay and order a cool, rare poster, the seller carefully rolls that poster up and slides it into a poster tube with a 3″ diameter.

Tape manufacturers and label manufacturers most often wrap their products around a spiral paper tube with a 3″ diameter.

Further down the supply chain, these 3″ diameter paper tubes and paper cores also fit a wide variety of tooling and machinery.

For additional product details, visit our product page.

Our concrete form tubes are made right here in California.

Construction projects often need concrete form tubes. Concrete form tubes are paper tubes that get their name from their application.

These paper tubes are used to “form” concrete into round posts and round columns.

The inside diameter of the concrete form tube determines the outside diameter of the post or column.

We manufacture our concrete form tubes to order, meaning, we don’t keep any stock or inventory.

And although we manufacture to order, here are some common dimensions:

Common Inside Diameters: 6″, 8″, 10″, 12″ 14″, 16″, 18″, 20″, 24″

Common Lengths: 4 foot, 8 foot, 12 foot, 24 foot

For additional product details, please visit our Concrete Form Tube product page.

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Thank You

To our employees, contractors, vendors, customers, neighbors, and friends, THANK YOU for your support.

This year has been a wild ride, but, together, we’re getting through. We have been in business since 1949, and, in 2020, we have experienced a number of firsts.

In spite of it all, thank you for your courage.

You keep showing up. You keep doing your best. You keep us going.

We are grateful.

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Halloween means one thing to us…crafts.

Halloween comes around once a year, and once a year, kids, parents, students and teachers release their creativity onto unsuspecting toilet paper rolls.

Toilet paper tubes (aka toilet paper rolls) are the most common go-to component for Halloween crafts for this one reason: they’re free!

Everybody has toilet paper rolls, so all you need to make some fun, creative Halloween crafts is maybe some colored paper, paint, brushes, and scissors.

Watch this fun video for some quick, simple, and affordable toilet paper roll craft ideas.

What crafts will you be creating this Halloween season?

Mailing Tubes and Shipping Tubes. Made in America.

In the midst of the Covid-19 pandemic, supply chains and supply lines are being interrupted like never before.

The American shipping and packaging industry is no different.

We manufacture shipping tubes, mailing tubes, and poster tubes in Los Angeles and ship LTL and small packages nationwide.

Our spiral paper tubes are made with recycled paper (mostly old cardboard boxes) and are the preferred way to ship posters, artwork, and various components that are too long to ship inside a cardboard box.

Click here to learn more about our mailing tubes or to request custom pricing.

Paper Dowel Sleeves – Manufactured in California

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We manufacture two main products for construction: round concrete form tubes (aka sonotubes) and paper dowel sleeves.

Round concrete form tubes are used to create columns you’ve probably seen a million times in a parking garage. Paper dowel sleeves are used to do the exact opposite.

Paper dowel sleeves are used to create a void or empty space inside the concrete. Need to run a rod or cables through the concrete? Use a paper dowel sleeve.

Paper dowel sleeves are spiral paper tubes, made the same way a toilet paper tube or paper towel tube is made, only paper dowel sleeves are made to fit your particular project.

Made in the USA

Since our first paper tube came off the line in 1949, we’ve been in Los Angeles, California.

Now, more than ever, we’re proud to manufacture paper tubes and edge protectors in our own backyard. For the past few months, supply chains around the world have been affected, disrupted, and, for some, have come to a screeching halt.

If your supply chain has been disrupted, and you’re looking for an alternate source for Mailing Tubes, Paper Cores, Edge Protectors, Fiber Cans & Telescope Tubes, Concrete Form Tubes, Specialty/Custom Paper Tubes, Litho Display Poles, or Small Paper Tubes, we’re here to help.

Call us anytime with the inside diameter, outside diameter, usable length, overall length, thickness, and any other details, and we’ll get you going.

Don’t have the specs? No worries. Send us a sample of what you’re currently using – we’ll measure the sample and duplicate it.

We’re here for you.

3 inch Tape and Label Cores

We offer 90+ different lengths of 3″ ID tape and label cores. All of these cores have a standard .125″ wall thickness.

If you, like many other tape manufacturers and label manufacturers, have increased your production during this COVID-19 pandemic, we are here to support you.

Order online today and select your preferred shipping. It’s that easy.

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