History: Formation of the IWDA

 

Formation of the I.W.D.A., 1948

In 1948, a group under the leadership of Otto Koll and Andy Andrews sent letters to approximately 40 distributors in the western U.S. who were known not to have ties to major air separation companies.

The letters generated enough interest, and a meeting was held in Reno, Nevada, where it was decided that banding together might help enhance their competitive position. Under the leadership of Tom Kean and Otto Koll, a Nevada corporation comprised of fifteen companies was formed. These companies were the basis of the Independent Welding Distributors Association (I.W.D.A.) in 1948.

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