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.

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.

Covid-19 Coronavirus Update

America’s manufacturing companies have been jolted by the coronavirus pandemic. We are no different.

Because our paper tubes support a variety of supply chains, we’re considered essential. As a toilet paper tube manufacturer, we’ve seen a rapid increase in need over the past two weeks.

To source paper tubes faster (many American companies buy their paper tubes from China), domestic manufacturers have been contacting us.

To support America’s supply chain, we’re doing all we can to produce as many paper tubes as possible, as quickly as possible.

If you too are looking for a domestic manufacturer of spiral paper tubes, please call our customer support directly at (562) 801-9705. We look forward to supporting you as you support our country.

Green tubes for St. Patrick’s Day?

St. Patrick’s Day is March 17, 2020

With St. Patty’s Day two weeks way, you have just enough time to order your custom green tubes for your event or party.

Some of the most common options for custom paper tubes are to use custom colors, or adding a 1-color print (just like a rubber stamp) to the outside and/or inside of the paper tube.

Adding a color or a 1-color print enhances the look of the mailing tube and helps it really stand out.

Have questions? Contact us today!

Best 2020 Valentine’s Day crafts

Another Valentine’s Days means parents, teachers and after school programs around the country are looking for creative craft options. They have their sights set on toilet paper tubes.

Why are toilet paper tubes consistently the go-to craft option?

Every home in America has toilet paper, and when that runs out, they’re left with something they can either toss into the trash, or use for something else. Many choose to repurpose those unassuming little paper tubes for Valentine’s Day crafts.

Here’s some of the best Valentine’s Day crafts we’re seeing this year

Happy New Year! 2020 here we come!

It’s a new year, and our sights are set on providing you with the best spiral paper tubes and edge protectors available.

This year, we’re celebrating our 71st anniversary since George Hibard Sr. founded Spiral Paper Tube & Core. As a small business with fewer than fifty employees, the term “family business” takes on a whole new meaning.

Thank you to all of our clients who have trusted us for so many years!