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G&L Manufacturing
www.gandltubing.com / HQ: Cookeville, Tenn. / Employees: 160 / Specialty: Tubing / Phillip
Jones, director and co-owner: "Our tubing is known for its quality, consistency and reliability."

South

A Market Leader

g&l keeps its customers loyal by providing a
consistent, high level of quality. by alan dorich

bill henricks (from left ), mark
conatser, brian huelskamp and peter
neuberger manage market leader g&l,
which makes its products in America.

After more than 35 years, G&L
Manufacturing has a strong reputation among its customers. "We've
earned respect in the marketplace,"
says Phillip Jones, director and
co-owner. "When you ship exactly
what they want on-time, with great
quality and stable economics, they
keep coming back."
Based in Cookeville, Tenn., G&L
manufactures tubing for the industrial and commercial heating, automotive and HVAC markets. The
company takes pride in providing
American-made products, while al108

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most all of G&L's competitors produce their tubing outside of the United States. Founder Robert Gilreath
started the company in 1982 with Art
Lewis, after working for a local heating element company.
Gilreath managed the tool room
at the firm and was responsible for
making sure all the welded tube mills
worked properly. After becoming dissatisfied with the company's level of
quality, he designed his own tube mill
in his basement, and went into business for himself.
He began serving clients with the

tube mill, which led to the formation of
G&L. After Jones, Rob Adams and John
Salyards purchased the company in
2005, it grew organically and through
the acquisitions of other firms, including the assets of Chicago-based Scientific Tube in 2010 and the assets of a
Denver-based tuber in 2016.
"We've earned respect for what
we've done, which is growing our little company from $7 million to $8 million [in sales] to a well-known player
in the tubing market," Jones says, noting that G&L's products are used in a
broad range of applications, including


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