BLUE BELL, PA. - John G. Hendrickson, founder of ex-truder maker Welex Inc., died May 11. He was 65. Hendrickson was chairman of the board of Welex and Welding Engineers Inc. of Blue Bell and Wexco Corp. of Lynchburg, Va.; and president of Welding Engineers Ltd. of Geneva, a manufacturer of twin-screw extruders.
Welding Engineers was started in 1926 by his father, John B. Hendrickson.
At first, Welding Engineers was a welding engineering and contracting firm. The company was a leader in developing hard-facing techniques that later became the main method of hard-facing extruder screws.
Welding Engineers entered the extrusion machinery business in 1948.
Welex was founded in 1967 to manufacture single-screw extruders, coextrusion systems and sheet extrusion lines.
Wexco, founded in 1975, produces bimetallic cylinders for extrusion and injection molding.
Golf was Hendrickson's passion. He began playing at age 6. He won the Philadelphia Amateur Championship in 1963. At the time of his death, he was president of the Pennsylvania Golf Association.
He was a member of the Society of the Plastics Industry Inc., Society of Plastics Engineers, International Synthetic Rubber Producers, Plastic Pioneers Association, Union League of Philadelphia, Philadelphia Cricket Club, Pine Valley Country Club and Philadelphia Aviation Country Club.
He is survived by his wife, Katharine Vischer Hendrickson; son, John G. Jr.; daughters Virginia and Judith; three stepchildren, Thomas John-son, Gerald Johnson and Laurie Solakian; one grandson and five step-grandchildren.