Why a Co-op?


The intent of any for-profit corporation is to produce a profit for its owners. Cooperatives are member-owned corporations whose owners are also its customers. Thus, the members of cooperatives have a built-in incentive to work together and, in turn, with their co-op’s staff to achieve better purchase prices, efficiencies, and value-added services.

At the 1992 annual IWDA meeting, the Steering Committee reported on the concept of forming a “Cooperative,” and a unanimous member vote authorized the committee to proceed with its recommendations. The Independent Welding Distributors Cooperative, Inc., (IWDC) was incorporated on March 7, 1994. The purpose of the cooperative was defined as the furtherance of its membership through the manufacturing, warehousing, and distribution of welding and related industrial equipment and supplies. (For further historical details, read The History of the IWDC.)

As a member-owned corporation, the IWDC emphasizes quality merchandise and services that are …
  • consistent with the demands of the marketplace, and
  • competitively priced so member distributors can compete effectively with the major corporate chains.
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