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GM EFI Magazine Investigates What it Really Takes to Manufacture Highly-Quality Exhaust Components in Northeast Ohio
It’s not everyday that many of us get a behind the scenes look at the way some of our favorite products are manufactured, but when we do, we always leave with a better understanding and appreciation of what all is involved. Not too long ago, we visited our friends at Stainless Works in Chagrin Falls, Ohio for just such an education.
Not only did we get a great tour of the shop, but we also were able to take in the process of what it takes to manufacture an exhaust system for the 2009-2015 CTS-V; from the header flanges to the exhaust tubing – using high-quality, USA-sourced 304L stainless steel that SW will stand by for life. While the 3rd-generation CTS-V exhaust components are certainly in the R&D process at Stainless Works, we wanted to showcase just what a typical day at the exhaust company’s operations looked like until then.
What you may or may not know, is that all of SW’s products are designed and engineered right here on American soil. With stainless steel tubing and flat steel from American mills, everything is constructed with top-tier manufacturing processes.
In an attempt to cover the entire process, from start to finish, as well as give you a better understanding of what it takes to implement your favorite late-model GM vehicle with Stainless Works hardware, we had the crew at SW walk us through the production process, which we’ve highlighted for you below.
Rick Seitz is the owner and founder of GMEFI Magazine, and has a true love and passion for all vehicles. When he isn’t tuning, testing, or competing with the brand’s current crop of project vehicles, he’s busy tinkering and planning the next modifications for his own cars.