The spending of Independent Welding Distributors Cooperative (IWDC; Indianapolis, IN) member companies through their co-op exceeded $19 million in March, smashing their prior record by over $800,000. “We actually almost broke our highest monthly record set back in May of 2014,” stated Frank Kasnick, their president and chief executive officer. “This is a testament to the strength and resilience of the independents in our welding and gas industry, and reflects the strong support from our vendor partners.”
In May, IWDC will bring together members and vendor partners for their annual Sales & Purchasing convention taking place in Las Vegas, NV. “These are exciting times,” noted Keith Werkley, their director of marketing and vendor management. “We have the momentum of a strong start and, with our May convention and coinciding May opening of our second Distribution Center in Reno-Sparks, NV, the sky is the limit!”
The IWDC is a cooperative formed in 1994 that leverages the strengths of their independent welding distributor members across North America. Member companies collectively represent over $2.2 billion in sales, serving a wide range of industries. The common denominator is that these industries look to them for industrial, specialty, and medical gases, as well as related equipment, welding hardgoods, and consumables. End-use customers served by IWDC members benefit from having the unparalleled expertise of a local member distributor who has access to national-scale purchasing and marketing programs.
Combilift and Author Join Forces on New Kids’ Book
Award-winning Combilift and award-winning author, Emer Conlon, have produced a children’s storybook that features forklift heroes and teaches important values. The ‘combi-nation’ has the added benefit of educating young kids and their parents about the company’s equipment and the material handling industry.
ARCH Cutting Tools Takes Top Place in ANCA Competition
A complex, multifunctional tool measuring an inch in diameter with a long functional cutting length, the ARCH tool checked every box to win the prestigious ANCA Tool of the Year 2020.