Atlas Tube invests with the Shuriken (TM) Structural Nut Keeper | in new applied sciences 2021-03-24 | Press releases

CHICAGO , March 24, 2021 / PRNewswire / – Atlas Tube, a division of Zekelman Industries, announced today that it has acquired the Shuriken ™ Structural Nut Keeper. 1 Shuriken enables field bolted HSS column splices and connections with faster assembly and lower costs than other connection types. This technology could make impossible tasks possible and makes HSS the obvious choice for structural steel projects. The Shuriken acquisition is in line with the efforts of Atlas Tube and Zekelman Industries to continually deliver innovative solutions to the built environment.

Ted Goldstein, PE, is a civil engineer, inventor of Shuriken, and founder of Tubular Connections LLC. Originally from new York Goldstein followed suit Japan There he was inspired to develop Shuriken to reduce the cost and carbon footprint of steel structures.

“HSS columns are the norm in Japan Thanks to their efficiency and excellent seismic performance, “said Goldstein.” I knew the US could benefit from wider use of HSS, but welded splices were a problem. This led me to reduce the cost of installing HSS by developing Shuriken. ”

Atlas Tube will offer Shuriken technology to simplify column splices and other one-way connections. Goldstein will work with Atlas Tube’s marketing and commercial teams to raise awareness among engineers, processors and designers in the structural steel industry and to expand the US market for HSS.

“HSS connections are typically found to be very complex and costly, especially HSS column splices,” he said Brad Fletcher , SE, Senior Sales Engineer at Atlas Tube. “Our goal is to change that perception by providing innovative and affordable interconnection solutions for HSS. Shuriken is a great tool to do this and will give designers the confidence and flexibility of a field-bolted column splice.”

“Our acquisition of Shuriken will help grow the HSS market while lowering the cost of pipe connections, providing a complete solution for engineers, designers and fabricators, and enabling larger and larger applications,” he said Jeff Cole , President of HSS at Atlas Tube.

For more information about Shuriken, including product specifications, availability, ordering, and shipping, visit

1 Goldstein, E. (2019). U.S. Patent Application No. 16,675,295; Goldstein, E. (2020). U.S. Patent Application No. 16,846,283

About Atlas Tube

Atlas is proud to be a division of Zekelman Industries, the largest independent steel tube manufacturer in North America and a leader in modular design innovations. Atlas now offers the widest range of sizes of hollow steel sections (HSS), the shortest cycle times in the industry, and answers to design and shipping questions. We do our part to make IT eZ for our customers. Visit for more information

About Zekelman Industries

Zekelman Industries comprises the Atlas Tube, Picoma, Sharon Tube, Wheatland Tube, Western Tube and Z Modular businesses. It is the largest independent manufacturer of hollow sections (HSS) and steel pipes, as well as the largest manufacturer of electrical cables and bends, couplings and nipples North America . Zekelman Industries offers a wide range of tube and tube solutions that help its customers succeed.

For more information, contact Zekelman Industries at 312.275.1600 or [email protected]. Or visit

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