The IWDC is a Member-owned purchasing and marketing cooperative. Its Membership and approved manufacturers/suppliers work together to grow and strengthen the network of independent gas and hardgoods distributors North America (the United States, Canada & Mexico).
The goal of the IWDC is simple: to create an environment that allows the Membership either to compete on an equal playing field with the national chains, or majors, or to have a competitive edge in the marketplace.
The core function of our cooperative continues to be aggregating the individual purchase requirements of Member companies and negotiating Vendor agreements based on the total aggregate. IWDC Vendor companies benefit from our volume, our growth, and preferred access to our Members.
To further illustrate who we are, the IWDC has …
$2 Billion plus in retail sales (IWDC Members in North America)
750 plus locations all across North America
200-plus vendor agreements encompassing hard goods, gases, and expense/cost controls
Member-exclusive brands: Weldmark® & PurityPlus® Specialty gases and equipment
Over $50 million annually in retails sales of exclusive IWDC Brands: Weldmark® & PurityPlus®
A strategically centralized product distribution center
An industry-experienced staff
Direct product sourcing – lower-cost/higher-margin products
International marketing programs
Member-exclusive seminars and training
Online IWDC University
National account opportunities
Centralized billing to support National Accounts
Operation, technical, and application seminars and training
Distributorships that are “Locally Owned – Internationally Known!”
Member Owners of our cooperative share in profits by receiving annual patronage dividends. The value gained by our Members goes beyond profit rewards to include intangibles like networking, sharing of best practices, and being part of something larger than each of their successful and proud businesses alone.