It was like receiving a gold watch in a paper bag: No one doubted the quality of the product but the packaging left something to be desired. So Plymouth Tube Co. USA a Salisbury MD-based producer of specialty tubing set out to make a change. Plymouth ships high-quality stainless steel tubing in lengths to 25' for mechanical pressure and aircraft hydraulic applications. Prior to packaging each length of tube is straightened tested cut deburred cleaned re-measured and inspected. "When I came here in 1989 I found a plant that was producing quality products and putting them in 'questionable' shipping containers" says Tom Maternowski general manager at Plymouth. "Cardboard tubes corrugated boxes and wood crates-we tried them all." Today the company has switched to Reddi-Crate(TM) boxes from Reddi-Pac (Bridgeport PA). Made from layers of laminated paperboard formed into U-shaped segments the boxes are sealed with wood or paper end plugs. An exterior white clay coating on the containers provides an excellent surface for one-color printing. This quickly conveys a strong quality image.