July 2011

competence & the competition

Training is expensive.  You know that because you spend a lot of time and money training your staff too, whether on safety, manufacturing techniques, or on new equipment. 

At Welders, we train our front-line technical staff extensively, so that they are better able to handle customer questions, understand the products they sell, and know when to exercise caution in their recommendations.  In our business, where time is money and work-in-process is expensive, itís equally important for our Technical Sales Reps (TSR) and Customer Service Reps (CSR) to be on top of the latest processes and procedures.  You rely on us to understand the many processes, to ask the right questions, and to know how to use the equipment
we recommend. 

At Welders, more than one quarter of our staff has been with us for 20 years or more.  Low staff turn-over, and a dedicated and engaged team, makes for the right environment to invest in training our people.  For example, this past June we flew 10 CSR staff to Calgary for an intensive 2-day process training program at Lincoln Electricís Western Canada training centre.  During the year, we will have additional training opportunities for our technical staff. 

Our Service Division is required to maintain up-to-date qualifications for all staff that service Miller, Lincoln, Hypertherm and other brands.  This is essential, because as welding technology advances, the average model life of equipment we service is getting shorter.  Our philosophy has not changed in 65 years: we only sell equipment we can service ourselves. 

While this training is expensive, we feel it is essential to remain current in our understanding of the metal joining and cutting industry.  Superior technical skills are one of the core competencies that set us apart from our competition. 

At an age that most careers are winding down and people are looking forward to the golden years, such is not the case with a business.  Welders Supplies Limited continues to grow and diversify to service the ever changing Manitoba market.  From our beginnings on Garry Street in 1946 to our present location at 150 McPhillips Street, Welders Supplies, now under the direction of its third generation has grown to become Western Canadaís largest independent welding distributor.  We are proud of our past and look forward to the future with great optimism.  At a time when our province is experiencing unprecedented growth and renewed excitement, we as a company are committed and proud to be Manitobans.  Strategically located throughout the province with branches in Winnipeg, Brandon and Thompson we are here to service all of your welding, cutting and service needs.

On September 28th 2011, come join us for a day of celebration as we host an open house from 10:00am to 4:00pm.  Watch live demonstrations by factory representatives.  Try your hand with the latest in welding, cutting or metal finishing.  Lincoln Electric will demonstrate the all new Rapid-X technology, sub-arc, robotics and fume extraction.  We will also have the latest in weld training from Lincoln Electric, The Virtual Welder. Miller Electric will have the latest in mig and tig welding.  Hypertherm will demonstrate their newest PowerMax plasma units as well as their software packages for mechanized cutting.  Walter Surface Technologies will show how to save time and money with surface finishing and cutting.  See demonstrations of our exclusive Starweld brand of maintenance and repair alloys.  Our affiliated companies, Medigas Manitoba Ltd. will display the latest in the medical field and Adhere Distributors will display the latest in adhesives and 3M safety gear.  Lunch will be provided by Dannyís Whole Hog.  Enter raffles to win valuable prizes as you make your way to each of our thirteen stations.  Come and meet CJOB personality Hal Anderson as he broadcasts live from our showroom.

As we celebrate our 65th year in business, we must extend our thanks and gratitude to our valued customers and vendors.  Your past support is very much appreciated and we look forward to continuing our partnerships into the future. 



welding tip of the dayA 'Welding Tip of the Day" is brought to you from our Technical Representatives ...

All welding machines use cables, lugs and work clamps.  If you ensure to use the correct size of cable (based on the maximum output of your welder), the cables and fittings will last considerable longer and provide for cleaner welds.  A good weld requires a good ground, make sure all ground clamp and machine connections are tight and secure.

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service division

Our Service Division provides a number of services for your equipment including, calibration and regularly scheduled servicing to keep your equipment up-to-date with ISO and production standards, and to prevent untimely breakdowns.

We are the only authorized service provider in Manitoba for Lincoln Electric, and the exclusive Manitoba sales and warranty provider for Lincoln Electric, Hypertherm, ESAB, and Miller.







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