IWDC Member Companies’ spend through their co-op exceeded $216m in 2017, exceeding the 2014 record by over $12m.

Frank Kasnick, President and CEO stated, “We also set six separate all-time monthly records in 2017 and ended strong with a record December. 2017 is quite a milestone.”

He continued, “This is a testament to the strength and resilience of the independents in our welding & gas industry, and reflects the strong support from our Vendor partners.”

Keith Werkley, Director of Sales & Vendor Management, declared, “When combined with direct spend on IWDC programmes not invoiced through the co-op, IWDC Member companies’ spend approached $350m.”

Werkley added, “January has started strong and we are looking for continued momentum and a very robust 2018!”

The IWDC is a cooperative, formed in 1994, which leverages the strengths of its independent welding distributor Members across North America. IWDC Member companies collectively represent over $2.2bn in sales, serving a wide range of industries.

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