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Sonotube Sonotube® is a registered trademark product of Sonoco, and is an alternative method option for concrete column forming. Columns are fabricated using a reinforced shaping structure, and traditionally steel or fiberglass was used in the process.

Leading Manufacturers

Cleveland, OH  |  800-882-9002

As a member of the Member of the Independent Converters Association, we know our business and the business of cardboard tubes. Our tubes are some of the strongest in the industry and we can meet a huge variety of needs from many different industries. We specialize in shipping tubes and we always place customer needs as our number one priority. Contact us today to find out how we can serve you!

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Ace Paper Tube Corporation $$$

Greeneville, TN  |  423-638-1284

Valk Industries provides engineering and manufacturing services for cardboard tubes as well as custom thermoformed items like clamshells, blister packs, trays and filler material. Operations began in 1975, and Valk has expanded from providing custom machining and fabrication processes to over wrapping, component assembly and packaging products. Call us today!

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Valk Industries, Inc. $$$

Beloit, WI  |  800-393-7917

Western Container partners with the world`s top spiral tube equipment designers & paperboard manufacturers, to bring our customers the very best paper tubing and precision cores. We can custom design your cores and specialty tubes with one color in-line printing, two color off-line printing & four color process labeling. Our large inventory allows for fast shipping. We’re “wound-up” to serve you!

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Western Container Corp. $$$

Canton, MA  |  781-963-5555

We want to help you put your product in a tube! We offer tubes and mailers, cores, convolute tubes, paper tubes and many more! Our research and development department works around the clock in order to ensure that the products we offer are among the most technologically innovative in the industry! All of our products are made in the United States of America and out of 100% recycled paperboard in an effort to stay “green.” Visit us on the web today!

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Marshall Paper Tube Company, Inc. $$$

Chicago, IL  |  312-243-6050

Chicago Mailing Tube is a premier manufacturer of custom paper tubes, containers, and cores, providing products that are both high quality and economical. CMT has been meeting custom size and design requirements for its customers since 1902. We make our products from quality recycled materials that are fully recyclable. We assure you that your order will be shipped on time and delivered right.

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Chicago Mailing Tube $$$

Dallas, TX  |  800-422-5108

Here at Paper Tubes and Sales we are a proven manufacturer of high quality cardboard tubes. These products are ideal for a multitude of industries and our teams are available to assist you with determining the best paper tube for your application. These items can be tailored to meet your requirements and we put an emphasis on creating green solutions. Give us a call today to learn more!

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Paper Tubes & Sales $$$

Milwaukee, WI  |  414-988-7141

For quality, 100% recyclable cardboard tubes, look no further than Heartland Products. Based in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, we serve customers throughout the United States with the highest quality products, all made to specific requirements both on budget and on time. We have a variety of specialty tubes, cores, and reels. Contact us today for more detailed information.

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Heartland Products Group LLC $$$
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Sonotubes® are high quality heavy-duty cardboard structures into which concrete is poured to create a smooth-sided column. The tubes have to be able to withstand the pressure of concrete and have a smooth interior to ensure a flawless column wall finish. They are made with spiral wound fiber layers and adhesive bonding, and are extremely strong in cylinder form.

Concrete columns are used in a wide variety of applications, and Sonotube® provides a cost-effective and efficient method of producing a variety of sizes of columns in terms of diameter and length. Short, wide columns are often used as bases for parking lot lamps, streetlights, street signals and deck posts. Tall columns are used for external decoration or roof support around buildings, foundational support in basements and warehouses, and many others.

Other uses have been found for Sonotubes® because of their incredible strength-to-weight ratio and cost-efficiency. Sound technicians and sound hobbyists are using Sonotubes® cut vertically in half to improve the acoustics in auditoriums and sanctuaries. They have also been used to construct sound cabinets as the cardboard walls don't absorb the sound waves and so are an ideal material choice.

The versatility of Sonotube® is one of its many advantages. When fiberglass or steel column supports are used, the number of columns poured is limited to the equipment on hand. Sonotubes® however are disposable and do not need to be reused, they also do not need added exterior support as fiberglass and steel tubes do. Therefore, the overall construction time is drastically reduced as multiple tubes are able to be poured simultaneously. They are also recyclable.

Once the concrete column has set in the paper tube cavity, the outer cardboard layer can be removed and disposed of. They are typically made from biodegradable paper and so depending on the intended use of the column, can be left on or removed whole or in pieces. The tubes are manufactured between 8 to 56 inches in diameter and up to 18 feet long, Sonotubes® offer versatile solutions for almost any concrete project. The pouring of the concrete is fairly straightforward, although for the longer columns, extra machinery may be required to ensure proper placement of the concrete.

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