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About Forney Industries


Since 1932, Forney Industries has been one of America’s longest operating, family-owned, welding and metalworking companies. Our roots in innovation began with a revolutionary instant-heat soldering iron in the early 30s, followed by the first publicly available arc welder in the 1940s. Nearly a century later, Forney Industries offers thousands of metalworking products within four categories: welding, abrasives, personal protective equipment (PPE) and shop tools.


Forney has an extensive customer network across the nation, consisting of nearly 20,000 businesses in the automotive aftermarket, hardware, farm & ranch, do-it-yourself and industrial industries. With the third and fourth generation still at the company today, Forney Industries remains dedicated to our customers in addition to being an award-winning employer that values what it means to be innovative, genuine, exceptional and engaged.



To create an exceptional welding and metalworking experience.



We value people. Taking care of customers drives us.  We develop products that are innovative and reliable. 



Core Values


Value - Be Engaged

Forney’s legacy inspires. We build meaningful relationships. We are committed to our customers, community, and team.

Value - Be Innovative

Forney listens. We improve through creativity and intention. Our experience guides us.

Value - Be Genuine

Forney is authentic. Our integrity defines us. We act selflessly, care deeply and challenge directly.

Value - Be Exceptional

Forney is a partner. We are knowledgeable, dependable and provide a superior level of service and solutions.



Timeline - 1932


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

Timeline - 1936


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

Timeline - 1937


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

Timeline - 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.

Timeline - 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.

Timeline - 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.

Timeline - 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. 

Timeline - 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.

Timeline - 1968


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

Timeline - 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.

Timeline - 1990-2000

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.

Timeline - 2007


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

Timeline - 2009


Forney welders were relaunched and the line was rebranded to green.

Timeline - 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.

Timeline - 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.

Timeline - 2019


Forney expands into larger, nation-wide markets and continues to care for the smaller dealers they owe their success to today. Dane Anderson (4th generation) takes over as VP of Operations and Business Administration.

Timeline - 2020


Forney launches their next generation of welding and cutting machines that reflect the company’s roots of innovative and dependable products.

Timeline - 2022


Forney celebrates 90 years of innovation.


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 - Dane Anderson

Dane Anderson

VP of Operations & Business Administration

Leadership team - Bill Travnick

Bill Travnick

VP of New Products & Business Development

Leadership team - David Eckert

David Eckert

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

Leadership team - Mark Clouser

Mark Clouser

VP of Sales

Leadership team - Laura Frisinger

Laura Frisinger

VP of Human Resources

Leadership team - Kenny Gensel

Kenny Gensel

VP of Finance

Leadership team - Jose Camacho

Jose Camacho

VP of Information Technology

Leadership team - Laura Fuqua

Laura Fuqua

Director of Marketing

Leadership team - Jason Mahugh

Jason Mahugh

Director of Engineering & Technical Services

Leadership team - Steve Benz

Steve Benz

Director of Supply Chain

Leadership team - Reed VanSandt

Reed VanSandt

Director of Customer Experience

Leadership team - Ken Wayman

Ken Wayman

Director of Logistics

Leadership team - Karen Morrell

Karen Morrell


Leadership team - Danielle Hillebrand

Danielle Hillebrand

Executive Coordinator & Project Manager


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2057 Vermont Dr, Fort Collins, CO 80525 | Email: | Phone: 1-800-521-6038