Back in 1936, the “Townsend Welding Equipment Company” was founded in the basement of a Wichita home. In that same year, production began on the their very first product, the now famous “Redhead” Ground Clamp. Between 1937 and 1939 the “Townsend Welding Equipment Company” shortened their name to Tweco, and the beginnings of a national advertising campaign. Tweco emerged out of the basement with a second product, an electrode holder, and brought it to store fronts. Growth in the business lead to construction of the first Tweco factory, which opened in 1940. During the Second World War demand for arc welding supplies used for armaments, tanks and ships boomed. This period also saw the introduction of metal arc holders and “quick-connect” cable connectors. Tweco adopted one of its first slogan’s “if it goes on the end of a welding cable, Tweco makes it.”
In the 1960’s, Tweco developed the first MIG gun that it believed matched the quality of the rest of the Tweco line-up. The new gun was introduced to the world at the 1969 AWS Welding Show. Tweco became the industry leader, with their highly popular gun patented with the coaxial Cablehoz. Continued growth lead to a facility that covers almost 18,000 meters squared over 21 acres. In the 90’s it was reported that Tweco had sold almost 2 million MIG guns, and continued to be the industry leader in the production of MIG guns and cable, manual arc welding electrode holders, and accessories. Now, Tweco is a brand of, Victor Technologies International, Inc. , the world’s largest supplier of welding and cutting products. The Tweco line is extensive as ever, with basic welding tools, up to a growing selection of products for precision robotic welding applications.