What Is IWDC? Why Is Label Solutions a Member of This Organization?

Label Solutions is a proud member of the Independent Welding Distributors Cooperative (IWDC). Why do we value this relationship? We explain in today’s blog.

History of the IWDC

Back in 1948, two enterprising individuals sent letters to 40 independent welding distributors on the West Coast. A total of 15 companies joined the Independent Welding Distributors Association (I.W.D.A.) in 1948 in Nevada as a way to control costs and make their work more effective and able to compete with larger companies with more resources.

What Is the IWDC?

Members support the IWDC for purchasing and marketing. The idea here is that buying in bulk leads to lower costs for independent welders in the United States. This allows our members to compete with larger companies and chains that have greater purchasing power. Label Solutions fully supports this initiative, as we value relationships with welders of any size who need compressed gas cylinder labels.

The IWDC has more than 800 members with $2.9 billion worth of retail sales. The organization fosters over 180 vendor agreements so independent welders can buy the supplies they need at lower costs.

Warehouse Program

One beauty of IWDC is the warehouse program. The organization owns two distribution centers from which members can buy items they need, whether your company needs compressed gas cylinders and gases or welding wire and new torches.

Where Label Solutions Comes In

Label Solutions specializes in compressed gas cylinder labels. We are proud to work with IWDC members that manufacture these cylinders to give them the best prices possible while maintaining quality. We have proprietary labels, like our Tag on a Roll or Clean-Peel systems, that make managing your cylinders easier while complying with federal regulations. We also pride ourselves on having valuable relationships with fellow IWDC vendors and members.

Label Solutions Can Help IWDC Members 

Do you need quality, compliant labels for your compressed gas cylinders? We offer competitive pricing on compressed gas cylinder labels for IWDC members and can produce labels as needed to fit your requirements. Need fast turnaround times? We can expedite printing, too.  Contact Label Solutions online or call toll-free 1-800-299-9200 to partner with us for your next production run.