By Stuart Radnedge2015-10-20T11:17:00+01:00
Pat Garten was presented the Memorial Bob Jackson Award at IWDC’s 22 - 25 September Owners’ Meeting in Sarasota, Florida, In recognition for his contributions to IWDC, the Industrial Gas & Welding Industry and surrounding Indianapolis community.
Bob Jackson played an integral part in the formation of the Independent Welding Distributors Cooperative (IWDC). The honour is bestowed annually on a member who has “gone above and beyond” in their support of the organisation. The Bob Jackson is considered the preeminent award of the IWDC. Criteria for the award includes: strong volunteer spirit, supportive of independents, viewed internal and externally as a respected leader, community and family centric.
Sutton-Garten, a fourth generation company headquartered in Indianapolis, Indiana is the oldest continuously owned independent gas & welding distributor in North America.
Pat Garten is President of Sutton-Garten and has been leading his company’s growth for over forty years. During his leadership the company installed a multi-gas cylinder filling station, expanded their welder repair and rental department and established a recognized welding training and certification centre. Sutton-Garten also diversified into bulk liquid carbon dioxide distribution to beverage and industrial customers and production of dry ice for shipping perishables and dry ice blasting applications.
In recognition of its March 1994 incorporation as a cooperative and consistent with a key cooperative principle: Concern for Community, the Independent Welding Distributors Cooperative (IWDC) is organising a fundraising drive for a military foundation - The Wish For Our Heroes Foundation.
In recognition of its March 1994 incorporation as a cooperative and consistent with a key cooperative principle, Concern for Community, IWDC’s Member Owners and Vendor Partners topped their fund drive goal during their May Sales & Purchasing Convention.
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