IWDC member companies’ have spent through their co-op exceeded $23m in March 2018, smashing prior records established in June 2017 by over $2m.

Rich Mansmann, Vice-President of gas programmes, said, “Hardgoods were up 20%, but gas spend has led the way so far in 2018, an astonishing 30% increase over same period in 2017.”

Mansmann continued, “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, in particular Air Products and Gas Innovations.”

In May, IWDC will bring together its members and vendor partners for their annual Sales & Purchasing convention taking place in Indianapolis, Indiana.

Erica Jones, Director of Marketing, stated, “We have expanded our traditional format to include a ‘Gas Day’ agenda that will be packed full of informative vendor partner led workshops.”

“We have the momentum of a strong start across all of our businesses and look for continued growth with our hard goods, cylinder asset and gas vendor partners,” Jones concluded.