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The Story of Greg’s Portable Welding in LAX Airport

Today we’d like to introduce you to Gwendolyn Williams. She shares Greg’s inspiring story with us below.

Greg went to welding school in Los Angeles, CA and became a certified welder at age 20. He worked for a few other welding shops before starting his own business. This was 20 years ago before the internet, it was a lot harder to get your company’s name out to potential customers, the only option was to place his ad in the local phone books. Slowly word of mouth and repeat customers helped build the company to what it is today.

Has it been a smooth road?
Smooth is not what I call it, being a small business has many struggles, you have to know how to do so many different things than just welding. Greg’s business was growing slowly, when you first start out you are just trying to make enough to keep it going and then one day the IRS is auditing you. That is the day you realize 1.) You are finally successful at your business and 2.) You owe the IRS. That is also the day you need to hire some help. Thanks to some wonderful people who helped him get through 2 IRS audits, the road got a little less bumpy.

So let’s switch gears a bit and go into the Greg’s Portable Welding story. Tell us more about the business.
Greg’s Portable Welding is centrally located between the South Bay and West Los Angeles. The owner Greg is a certified welder in Structural Steel and Reinforcing Steel with the Los Angeles Department of Building & Safety.

We specialize in Beams & Saddles, Fences, Gates, Repairs, LAX Airport 24 hours a day 7 days a week emergency service. We support women in welding and are looking into ways we can help break the barriers that keep women from being hired and accepted as welders in the industry. We not only work here but live in this community (Westchester, Playa del Rey, LAX, El Segundo, West Los Angeles, Beverly Hills, South Bay)

How do you think the industry will change over the next decade?
The biggest change in the industry will be the retirement of many welders and the need for new skilled welders in the industry. Greg will not be retiring anytime soon however.

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Image Credit:
Greg, Scott, Mark, Mary, and Gwen

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