Hypertherm, a US-based manufacturer of plasma, laser and waterjet cutting systems, has announced Coastal Welding Supply as the recipient of the 2013 Richard W. Couch, Jr. Award.

The award, named after Hypertherm chairman and CEO Dick Couch, recognizes the top independent distributor in Hypertherm’s North American region.

This year’s winner, Coastal Welding Supply, maintains one of the largest inventories of welding and specialty gases, welding equipment, welding consumables, welding supplies, safety supplies and industrial tools along the Texas Gulf Coast.

Coastal Welding Supply is a 50-year-old company committed to producing the highest quality industrial gases and precision fabrication blends. The company was selected for the award through a ballot process involving Hypertherm’s management team, North American sales team, and customer and technical service teams. To be considered, distributors need to have independent status, employ a well-trained and knowledgeable sales staff, and support all of Hypertherm’s core product lines.

The award includes a $500 donation to a non-profit organization of the winner’s choice. Coastal Welding selected the Southeast Texas Food Bank, an agency working to eliminate hunger that, working with its partners, provides approximately 200,000 meals to people in need each month.

The award was personally presented to Coastal’s president Chuck Mazoch by Mr. Couch himself.