Central McGowan Announces Acquisition of Bemidji Welders Supply, Rapids Welding Supply, and Red River Welding Supply

According to a post on the company’s LinkedIn Page, Central McGowan acquired a group of strong family businesses that has been in business for 78 years:  Bemidji Welders Supply, Rapids Welding Supply, and Red River Welding Supply.

“Established in 1947, Bemidji Welders Supply has provided the communities in Northern Minnesota and North Dakota with quality welding gases, supplies, rental equipment, and safety products for decades.

Both Brian and Scott Hartje of Bemidji Welders commented, “When we decided to investigate selling our family business, we considered many factors including our families, employees, and the customers. We decided Central McGowan was the best fit for our needs and desires for the business to continue to flourish. We look forward to remaining a part of this new partnership.”

Joe Francis, CEO of Central McGowan said, “The strong customer focus that has enabled Bemidji Welders to thrive over many decades was a great cultural fit into the existing Central McGowan business. Together, we are a stronger team with the opportunity to expand services. We are extremely excited to share that Brian and Scott will continue in their current roles focusing on safety, operations, and customer growth for all locations.”

Joining forces will support the rich heritage and unwavering commitment to our customers, suppliers, and employees that have made us successful. This strategic alignment marks a significant milestone in both companies’ legacies and sets the stage for amplified growth and innovation for our industry.

Under the umbrella of Central McGowan, Bemidji Welders Supply, Rapids Welding Supply, and Red River Welders Supply will retain their names, identities, and the elements that have made them a staple in their communities for generations.”


Haun Welding Opens Registration for 3rd Annual Charity Golf Tournament

Registration is open now for the 3rd Annual Haun Welding Supply Charity Golf Tournament Benefiting David’s Refuge. The Golf Tournament will take place on Tuesday, September 10th at 10:00 a.m. at Northern Pines Golf Course on State Route 31 in Cicero, NY. For more information on Sponsoring the event or to register a team, click here.

Coastal Welding Supply and AWG Announce that Andrew Adams Was Honored as the Certified Welding Inspector of the Year in the Houston Region

According to Coastal Welding Supply, AWG Salesperson Andrew Adams was honored by the American Welding Society as the AWS Houston Section 022 Certified Welding Inspector (CWI) of the Year for the Region!

“In addition to this prestigious award, Andrew also received special recognition for his outstanding involvement with AWS. His dedication and expertise have made a significant impact, and we couldn’t be more proud!

The award was presented by AWS Chair, Caity Brown. Congratulations, Andrew, on this well-deserved honor!:

Purity Cylinder Gases Hosts Open House at its Battle Creek Location

Purity Cylinder Gases hosted an open house at its Battle Creek Location. As the company wrote on its company LinkedIn Page, “It was a beautiful day for an open house last week at our Battle Creek location. For anyone that has ever attended one of our open houses, you already know how much fun they are. We invite a bunch of our trusted vendor partners showcasing the latest & the greatest welding and metal fabricating technology. Plus we cater in some awesome food and give away some super nice door prizes. Our customers love to learn and eat, so we assemble an open house that lets them do both exceptionally well.”

Arc3 Gases Announce that David Shinault was honored by AWS for Meritorious Service

In a post on the company’s LinkedIn page, Arc3 Gases announced that its Regional Manager, David Shinault received the 2023 American Welding Society District 4 Meritorious Award. ” David’s unwavering dedication, outstanding service, and generous contributions have truly made a significant impact on the advancement of welding. Well-deserved recognition for his commitment and passion!”

Volunteer Welding Will Hold a Grand Opening Event for its Jackson, TN Location on June 4th

Volunteer Welding Supply will hold a Grand Opening Event on June 4th for its newest location in Jackson, Tennessee. The Grand Opening will take place at 154 Lawrence Switch Road, Jackson, TN 38301 from 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. Stop by to grab a bite, watch live product demos and register to win door prizes!

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