President of Fresno Oxygen, Mike Barnes, was presented the Bob Jackson Memorial Award at IWDC’s Owners’ Meeting in Amelia Island, Florida last week.

The award recognised Barnes contributions to IWDC, the industrial Gas & Welding Industry and the surrounding central California community.

The award is named after Bob Jackson who 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, engaged in our industry, community and family centric.

The IWDC is a cooperative, formed in 1994, which leverages the strengths of its independent welding distributor members across North America. IWDC’s 139 member companies collectively represent over $2.2bn in sales, serving a wide range of industries. The common denominator is that these industries look to them for industrial, specialty, and medical gases as well as related equipment, hard goods, and consumable.