The Independent Welding Distributors Cooperative (IWDC) set a monthly record in members’ spending with $25.2m in August.

The IWDC is a cooperative which aims to allow members to compete equally or have an edge with the national chains and majors, leveraging the strengths of its independent welding distributor members across North America.

It negotiates vendor deals for member owners to buy through and in August IWDC members spent $25.2m with vendor partners.

“We have never broken through $25 million and are excited to raise the bar again,” said Frank Kasnick, IWDC President and CEO.

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

The IWDC also announced member owners and vendor partners raised $27,295 for Workshops for Warriors, a non-profit school founded ten years ago in San Diego, CA, which trains, certifies and helps place veterans, wounded warriors and transitioning service men and women into advanced manufacturing careers, including welding and fabrication.

“We are thrilled to announce that our member owners and vendor partners exceeded our $25,000 goal by raising $27,295 for Workshops for Warriors during our May 2018 Sales and Purchasing annual convention,” said Keith Werkley, IWDC Director of Sales and Vendor Management.

You can learn more about Workshops for Warriors at