RIVERSIDE, Calif. (Jan. 1, 2010)—Luxfer Gas Cylinders has once again been named an approved vendor for the Independent Welding Distributors Cooperative (IWDC), a group of independently owned businesses offering a full line of gas and welding equipment, supplies and safety products throughout North America.

The current approval is for 2010 and 2011. Luxfer originally received approved vendor status in 2008.

Founded in Nevada in 1948 with 16 original members, the IWDC has grown steadily over the past six decades, and the organization’s 145 member companies now operate more than 650 retail locations throughout in the United States, Canada and Mexico. The IWDC headquarters is located in Indianapolis, Indiana.

“We at Luxfer are very excited about receiving this renewed IWDC approval,” said Kalpesh Shah, Luxfer sales manager for industrial and specialty gas markets. “We have benefited greatly from our partnership with this highly respected organization, and we intend to continue earning the trust of their member companies by providing the highest-quality gas cylinders, on-time delivery and exceptional customer service.”

Information and pricing related to Luxfer products are available to IWDC members on-line at www.weldmark.com. Luxfer customer service is available toll-free at 800-764-0366.

Founded in 1897, Luxfer is the world’s largest manufacturer of high-pressure aluminum and composite cylinders. The company’s comprehensive product line includes cylinders for the following markets: welding, industrial and specialty gas, medical (emergency, homecare and institutional), beverage, alternative fuels, automotive, fire extinguishers, firefighter life support (SCBA), inflation, paintball sports and SCUBA diving. Luxfer operates manufacturing facilities in the United States, England, France and China; a new manufacturing facility is also under construction in India.