In 2012 Modern Welding Company celebrated its 80th birthday. This is an exceptional accomplishment in today's ever changing economy.
Modern Welding Company, a family owned business, was founded in June 1932 by Mr. John G. Barnard. "Mr. Pete", as everyone called him, attributed the success of the company to its many customers, suppliers and most of all to its loyal employees. It was Mr. Pete's heartfelt belief that his employees were the company's most essential asset, collectively they made up the "Modern Family" that shared in both difficult and profitable times of the company.
Today, Modern Welding Company has 9 steel tank and vessel fabrication subsidiaries located throughout the United States and 5 welding supply stores located in Kentucky and Indiana. The company is an industry leader by being the country's largest supplier of Underwriters Laboratories listed, underground and aboveground steel storage tanks for flammable and combustible liquids. Chemical storage tanks, ASME pressure vessels and structural steel fabrication are additional products manufactured by the company.
Professional pride isn't just an idea at Modern Welding – it's a tradition. Since 1932, our team of fabrication professionals has provided fast, quality service, maintained the highest standards of design and fabrication, and employed the finest craftsmen in the industry to serve our customers.
In fact, our hands-on approach to service and industry expertise has elevated Modern Welding into a leadership position in both the U.S. and global markets. Modern is a national corporation. Our products are shipped to all corners of the world. With 11 subsidiaries, each linked by a state-of-the-art information network, Modern Welding can provide fast, efficient service no matter where our customers are located throughout the world.In the United States each subsidiary services its own geographic area on a regional basis for faster delivery, less transportation costs and a more personal customer relationship.
In 1932 we started with a small job shop in Owensboro, Kentucky, and began expanding our operations as early as 1937. We've been growing ever since.
1937 - Acquired Madisonville, Kentucky
1938 – Leased Bowling Green, Kentucky Job Shop
1940 – Acquired Southern Builders Iron Company of Owensboro, Kentucky
1944 – Acquired Tucker Tank & Boiler Works, Newark, Ohio
1946 – Reorganized company into corporation
1948 – Built new plant in Orlando, Florida
1951 – Acquired L.J. Smith Company in Houston, Texas
1956 – Built new plant in Burlington, Iowa.
1961 – Established Modern Supply Co. as a Division of Modern Welding Company
1964 – Leased building in Elizabethtown, Kentucky for expansion of Modern Supply Co., Division of Modern Welding Co., Inc.
1966 – Established Modern Welding Co., Inc. in Elizabethtown, Kentucky
1968-1969 – Expanded Modern Supply Company, Division of Modern Welding Company, Inc. by establishing locations at both Madisonville and Bowling Green, Kentucky
1970 – Built new plant in Fresno, California
1970 – Moved to new Corporate Office in Owensboro, Kentucky
1976 – Built new plant in Augusta, Georgia
1977 – Rebuilt Bowling Green, Kentucky plant
1979 – Rebuilt Modern Welding Co. and Modern Supply Co. in Madisonville, Kentucky
1992 – Reorganized into subsidiaries
1995 – Acquired assets of Starco, Inc., in Rhome, Texas as additional location of Modern Welding Co. of Texas
1998 – Established Modern Supply Co. Inc. location in Evansville, Indiana.
2001 – Acquired assets of ITEQ Storage Systems, Inc., in Fresno, CA. Assets were sold to Modern Custom Fabrication, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Modern Welding Company, Inc.
2004 – Acquired certain assets of Dunn Industries, LLC of North East, MD.
2006 – Rebuilt Modern Supply Co. in Bowling Green, KY at new location.