Posted November 9, 2017

Barnes wins IWDC Award

Mike Barnes, president of Fresno Oxygen & Welding Suppliers in Fresno, California, received the Bob Jackson Award from distributor cooperative IWDC.

The award recognizes the recipient's contributions to IWDC, the industrial gas and welding industry and the local community.

Bob Jackson played an integral part in the formation of the Independent Welding Distributors Cooperative (IWDC). The honor is bestowed annually on a member who has “gone above and beyond” in their support of the organization. The Bob Jackson Award is considered the preeminent award of the IWDC. 

Fourth generation-led Fresno Oxygen is one of the oldest continuously owned independent gas and welding distributors in North America. Barnes has been company president for more than 20 years. During his leadership, the company has doubled the number of locations and quadrupled sales, installed a state-of-the-art cylinder fill plant, expanded into bulk gas delivery and diversified into specialty gases.