IWDC Member Welders Supplies Limited is Manitoba's Family Enterprise of the Year!



Will represent Manitoba in the national competition

The Canadian Association of Family Enterprise (CAFE) Manitoba is pleased to announce Welders Supplies Limited as the 2014 Manitoba Family Enterprise of the Year, at a gala event held at the Norwood Hotel last evening.


Started in 1946, Welders Supplies Limited is a third generation family-owned and managed business.  Now 68 years later Welders Supplies Limited is the largest independent distributor of industrial gases and welding supplies in Canada, and Medigas is one of the largest sleep apnea and medical device distributors in Western Canada.  The company will go on to represent Manitoba in the national competition and could be the first family business from Manitoba to receive this prestigious national award.


Attendees enjoyed the behind-the-scenes family stories told by Welders Supplies Limited and the three other finalists, Maric Homes, Poulin's Pest Control and R-WayAg Ltd.


"CAFE Manitoba was so pleased to be represented with four strong family business finalists at this year's awards ceremony, demonstrating the strength and stability in the Manitoba business community, "says Kimberley Bishop of Prairie Mobile Communications, the current President of the Manitoba Chapter of CAFE.  We were honoured to celebrate each of their business successes and thank them for sharing their stories with all of us last night. We would like to congratulate the 2014 Manitoba award recipient, Welders Supplies Limited, and wish them the best of luck as they represent Manitoba for the National award."


Since 1983, the Family Enterprise of the Year Award has recognized significant achievements by Canadian family businesses, acknowledging their importance in Canada's economy. Every nomination must meet eligibility requirements and undergoes a rigorous judging process to become a finalist and a winner.


"We are extremely impressed with all of this year's remarkable finalists and their passionate success stories," said Brent Rombough, Vice-President & Market Manager, Winnipeg for BMO Harris Private Banking, the presenting sponsor for the FEYA award. "On behalf of BMO Harris Private Banking, I am pleased to congratulate Welders Supplies Limited as this year's winner. We are very proud to partner with CAFE in celebrating such an extraordinary, deserving Canadian family business."


The Canadian Association of Family Enterprise (CAFE) Manitoba is the only association in this province that acknowledges the unique needs of family business and assists them to succeed. They are the local chapter of the national association passionately committed to assisting families in business.
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