About Forney Industries

About

Intro

Forney Industries is one of America’s longest operating family owned tool, equipment and accessory product companies. Headquartered in Fort Collins, Colorado, the company was founded in 1932 and introduced the first publicly available arc welder in the 1940s. Today, we offer close to 5,000 metalworking products within four categories: Welding, Abrasives, Personal Protective Equipment and Shop Tools. Our products are sold under 3 brands: Forney®, ForneyHide™ and Forney Easy Weld®. 

 

We have an extensive customer network approaching 20,000 retail automotive aftermarkets, hardware, farm & ranch, do-it-yourself and industrial locations across the nation. Forney is committed to providing the best product mix and most personal support services possible. We are large enough to source globally and sell nationally, yet remain humble to remember who it is we are actually working for and with.

Mission & Promise

It is Forney Industries' mission to be a value added, service oriented primary distributor providing tailored solutions.

 

We are committed to your success regardless of location, size or needs. We understand it is your goal to get the job done right, and we are ready to help you do just that.


 

History


1932

James Donovan Forney goes into business for himself selling "The Forney Instant Heat Soldering Iron," door to door across the heartland.


1936

Forney invents and produces the first successful 110-volt/125 amp and 110-volt/150 amp welders.


1937

The Forney nationwide sales staff grows and product literature boasts, “There’s a Forney product in every town across the USA.”


1945

Rural Electric Associations (REA) begins delivery of 230 volt service to farms and ranches. The sales staff procures permission from the REA to climb utility poles to connect welders for demonstrations, and Forney welders add metal repair and tool hardening to farmers’ capabilities.


1945

Forney moves into offices on Laporte Avenue in Fort Collins, CO. Sales staff continues to grow and the 500 employees in house are turning out up to 500 welders a week.


1950

The Forney product line grows to include products such as auto generators, battery chargers, more electric welders and welding supplies. A Forney central residential vacuum system and portable vacuum cleaner was soon introduced, as was the “Fornaire,” an easy-to-fly 2-seat airplane designed for the consumer market.


1961

The Forney Transportation Museum is incorporated as a non-profit charitable organization, to house the astounding assembly of transportation devices accumulated by J.D. over the years. 


1963

Forney adds metalworking supplies to its line of welders. The product line jumps to 1,400 products from 150 outside suppliers. Forney opens a warehouse in Atlanta.


1968

Forney moves from a direct door to door business to calling on the hardware, automotive aftermarket and farm & ranch stores.


1986

Sadly, J.D. Forney passes away after 54 years in the business he created. Second generation takes over. Jack D. Forney is the new CEO and Chairman of the Board. Ted G. Anderson is named President.


1990 - 2000

Forney continues to grow as a leading manufacturer and distributor of metalworking and welding products, expanding from $20M in sales at the beginning of the decade to $30M by the end. Additional warehousing is opened in Horseheads, New York.


2007

Steven G. Anderson (3rd generation) takes over as President and CEO.


2008

Forney closes the Atlanta Warehouse.


2011

Forney Industries purchases a new warehouse & distribution facility in Fort Collins, Colorado, adding an additional 60,000 square feet of space, totaling just over 100,000 square feet.


2015

Forney Industries relocates their Headquarters to 2057 Vermont Ave, Fort Collins, Colorado and moves their warehouse from Horseheads, New York to a larger facility in Tipp City, Ohio.

Forney Industries' 1900s fleet truck vs. today's truck

 

Brands & divisions

Forney Industries has grown to encompass three separate brands: Forney, ForneyHide™ and Forney Easy Weld™

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Forney®

Get the Job Done Right

 

The Forney brand has been helping farmers, factories, and do-it-yourselfers build and repair metal since the 1930s. Today, the Forney brand covers our abrasives, shop tools and accessory products needed in metal fabrication. We are committed to helping our customers succeed regardless of location, size or needs.

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ForneyHide™

Everything Working Hands Need

 

The ForneyHide line offers high performing protective safety wear including work and welding gloves with uncompromising fit, form and function. Better protection begins with task specific design, proper fit and more comfort. The size, style and design are customized to our consumer’s specific needs and desires. Protection is our passion.

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Forney Easy Weld™

Confidence on a Budget

 

Forney Easy Weld was designed to provide easy to use welding machines at an affordable price. These machines are made for the first time welder, do-it-yourselfer and hobbyist, yet are tough enough for limited use by the experienced welder.


 

Culture

Humility

We have a foundation of goodwill, demonstrate charitable and unselfish values, and are quick to admit mistakes. We achieve and are not entitled.

 

Community

We are committed to common goals; the success of all depends on the contributions of each.

 

Integrity

We demonstrate consistently strong performance so our colleagues can rely upon us, are conscious of the ethical implications of our decisions, tell the truth and encourage it in others. We value our colleagues and extend unconditional respect to them at all times.

 

Ownership

Employees are the strength of our company. We display a sense of pride in our roles, take advantage of all opportunities to make our company better, and are accountable to ourselves and others. Our actions and decisions positively impact the company and our customers.

 

Leadership

We are courageous leaders regardless of our positions or titles because we inspire others. We freely accept mentoring and pay it forward, boldly take on challenges, communicate goals, and share information openly.

 

Motivation

We are driven, focused and passionate. We boldly take on challenges and exceed expectations, are self-motivated and self-disciplined. We celebrate success and embrace change.

 

Excellence

We always perform to the very best of our abilities, strive to exceed personal expectations and organizational goals, and support company ideals. We are what we repeatedly do.

 

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Meet the leadership team

Leadership team - Steve Anderson

Steve Anderson

President & Chief Executive Officer

Steve Anderson started in 2007. He is the 3rd generation to oversee Forney Industries. Read his President's Message.

Leadership team - Jack Kendall

Jack Kendall

VP of Finance and Accounting

Leadership team - Dane Anderson

Dane Anderson

VP of Operations & Business Administration

Leadership team - Bill Travnick

Bill Travnick

V.P. of New Products & Business Development

Leadership team - David Eckert

David Eckert

V.P. of Industrial Markets & Director of Field Sales - Central U.S.

Leadership team - Laura Frisinger

Laura Frisinger

VP of Human Resources

Leadership team - Scott Pfauth

Scott Pfauth

VP of Information Technology

Leadership team - Danielle Hillebrand

Danielle Hillebrand

Executive Coordinator

Leadership team - Jason Mahugh

Jason Mahugh

Director of Engineering & Technical Services

Leadership team - Laura Fuqua

Laura Fuqua

Director of Marketing

Leadership team - Steve Benz

Steve Benz

Director of Supply Chain

Leadership team - Reed VanSandt

Reed VanSandt

Director of Customer Experience

2057 Vermont Drive,
Fort Collins, CO 80525 Email: customerservice@forneyind.com Phone: 1-800-521-6038