IWDC Member Welder Supplies LTD Employs Its 4th Generation

May 2nd, 2016 was a special day at IWDC Member Welders Supplies in Winnipeg, Canada. It marked the first day of work, on a summer term basis, of Owen Cockshott, who represents the 4th generation in the family business.

Seen here is Owen, with his father Grant, and grandfather Arthur.  Owen is a sophomore student at Dalhousie University, studying business.

Grant is past Chairman of the IWDC Board of Directors and has also served on IWDC’s Purchasing Committee. 

Currently Wade Ireland, of Welder Supplies, serves on the Purchasing Committee.

Congratulations to the Cockshott Family and to all at Welder Supplies LTD! May your business continue to grow!

A Brief History of Welder Supplies LTD... 

In 1936, Wilf Cockshott begins selling acetylene gas to welders out of his Winnipeg-based business, Garry Battery and Radiator Company.

After agreeing to distribute other industrial gases, Wilf launches Welders Supplies in 1946. The company opens a new 1,500 square foot building in Winnipeg, employs three people and operates one truck.

Wilf’s son, Art, joins the firm in 1956 after working in Montreal as a chemical engineer.

A Welders Supplies branch opens in Brandon, Manitoba.

The Winnipeg store is relocated to a 5,000 square foot building in 1957.

Welders Supplies’ 2nd branch opens in Thompson, Manitoba in 1969.

A new 30,000 square foot warehouse, showroom and administration facility is built in Winnipeg in 1984 to house Welders Supplies and Medigas.  Art’s son, Gary, joins the firm, bringing the 3rd generation into the company. 

Art’s son, Grant, joins the firm in 1993. 

Welders Supplies celebrates their 60th year of business in 2006.
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