LTV Steel Tubular Products Company was one of the nation’s largest pipe and tubing manufacturers. The company was headquartered in Youngstown, Ohio.
LTV Tubular had, in Marion, Ohio, a technologically advanced steel tubing manufacturing facility for demanding automotive applications.
Advanced manufacturing technology in the 146,000 ton-per-year plant produced welded steel tubing for critical applications including tubing for new hydroformed automotive applications.
The Marion plant operated two high-frequency induction welding mills and specialized finishing equipment designed to produce the higher levels of quality demanded by the automotive industry. The equipment included high-speed slitting capability, automatic bundling and annealing, and tempering operations. The mills were equipped with quick tool change systems and nondestructive testing capabilities for excellent productivity and quality.
The new 265,000-square-foot plant was strategically located for access to major interstate highways, rail lines and prospective customers. Proximity to customer plants was critical because of the need to provide continuous, just-in-time delivery. Material handling and inventory systems are designed to meet just-in-time demands.
The six tubular plants produce standard, line and oil country pipe used primarily in the oil, gas and construction industries; and an array of tubing products such as electrical conduit, conveyor tubing, axle tubing, prop shaft tubing, condenser and pressure tubing, and drawn tubing, for use in the automotive, agriculture and construction industries.
LTV Tubular was the only tubing steelmaker to guarantee the performance of prime products. Its facilities were ISO9002 certified. The new Marion facility was to be QS-9000 registered.