BRISTOL – Alloy Welding & Manufacturing on Riverside Ave. is celebrating its 80th year in business this year, with the third-generation company dedicated to constant improvement and staying on top of a changing industry.
Alloy Welding & Manufacturing was founded in 1937 by the grandfather of current owner Darren Frechette, who took over the company at 223 Riverside Ave. in 2005. The company relocated for the first time after the flood of 1955 and for the second time in the 1980s in order to upgrade space. Their current facility is 14,000 square feet and they aim to expand.
“It is very satisfying to reach our 80 year milestone; we celebrated by making mugs and hats for our employees,” said Frechette. “It makes you feel like you are a part of something bigger than yourself - we’re carrying on the family legacy. We see some longtime customers who have been coming to us since the ‘50s and and we have a lot of workers who have been here since the ‘80s.”
Frechette said that he has seen his industry change in that both the work itself and records have to be a lot more precise. Alloy Welding & Manufacturing is ISO 9001: 2015 certified, which means that they meet high standards of quality.
“We’ve improved our precision with a cutting-edge water jet machine,” added Frechette. “It is more versatile than using a laser and can be used to cut anything, from stone to plastic to stainless steel and aluminum.”
Alloy Welding & Manufacturing’s business comes from metal fabrication and on-call welding repairs.
“Anything someone needs done we work on,” said Frechette. “We also work on location if something breaks and we sell steel to the general public. We make a lot of different things from truck bodies to frames for the high-tech automation industry.”
Frechette said that, in addition to precision, customers can expect a quick turnaround.
“We will address whatever issues you have right away,” he said. “With our water jet machine we can do three days worth of work in three hours.”
Frechette said that the company currently employs 15 people and usually has 1 or 2 students from Bristol Tech coming in
through apprenticeship programs to learn the trade. One graduate of this program was hired on and has been working at the company for almost a year.
“Business in Bristol is challenging – there is not as much activity in manufacturing as there used to be but what is still here is still strong,” he said. “Our goals going forward are to continue to upgrade our equipment to keep up to date with the technology, to keep being competitive and to reach out to more of the state. We have customers in Northampton, Danbury, Glastonbury and Bloomfield and one in Boston and Brewster, NY.”
Frechette said that he hopes to lead his company to its 100 year milestone. He has three children, who are 10, 14, and 16 years old, and his oldest son, Max, is taking an interest in the industry.
“He is studying to be a mechanical engineer,” said Frechette.
For more information on Alloy Welding & Manufacturing, call 860-582-3638 or visit alloyweldingmfg.com.
Brian M. Johnson can be reached at 860-973-1806 or email@example.com.