Lynchburg, Va.-based bimetallic barrel maker Wexco Corp. is celebrating its 35th birthday this year.
Wexco began in 1975 to produce barrels for two sister companies in the
“It started that way and it grew after that,” said Don Smith, product manager at the barrel maker. Wexco soon started making barrels for other brands of extruders and injection molding machines, he said.
John G. Hendrickson founded both Welex and Wexco. His father, John B. Hendrickson, started Welding Engineers.
The Hendrickson family still owns Wexco, under the W Bar E holding company. Smith said that in an era of consolidation, Wexco remains independently owned.
Wexco has been blessed with stable management. Jack Congrove, who started as general manager, became the first president in 1984. Peter Jones succeeded Congrove, serving as president through early this year. In April, Dave Weber became the third president of Wexco.
Smith has worked at Wexco since 1979.
Over the years, Wexco has made several innovations in barrel technology. Wexco introduced the JP38 micro-alloy backing material in 1996, a high-strength steel at a reduced cost. In 1982, the company rolled out the Wexco 777 carbide inlay, an abrasive and corrosion-resistant material.
Wexco received a patent for manufacturing a tool steel-lined barrel in 2005.
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