manuficonDinsmore Welding and Fabricating, Inc. Clarion County

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Melvin Dinsmore at the new welding facility.  

Dinsmore Welding and Fabrication, Inc. originally started operations in July of 1984 with a 1,000 square foot building, limited equipment, and a strong desire to provide the area with quality welding services. Mr. Dinsmore originally started the business on a part-time basis working a full time job to help fund the start-up of his growing company. By 1991, the business had grown to a level that Mr. Dinsmore was able to quit his full time job and devote his energy to growing his company.

In 2008, Mr. Dinsmore decided the growth of the company was enough to continue to expand. The company purchased additional land and constructed a new 30,000 square foot building at the Kersey Industrial Park that was completed and operational by October 1, 2009. The new location is used for welding, steel fabrication, and heavy equipment repair services, with emphasis on jobs that were too large to be completed at their existing facility. The new building accommodates two ten-ton cranes as well as offering ample space for two tractor trailers to load and un-load.


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Before jumping into his project, Mr. Dinsmore came to the SBDC seeking assistance with developing financial projections in order to apply for county and regional state loan programs. He began working with SBDC consultant, Amy Keth, to develop detailed financial projections and obtain information on becoming ASME (American Society of Mechanical Engineers) accredited. During the year he worked with the SBDC, the company was able to obtain low interest rate loans totaling $500,000 from the state, county and commercial bank level. These funds were used to purchase and construct the new equipment and building as well as pursue the ASME accreditation.

The SBDC was fast to help out with all the loan and paper work to fund my project"

– Melvin Dinsmore
Dinsmore Welding

Currently, the company is undergoing the process of joining the 3,800 ASME accredited manufacturers. Dinsmore Welding currently has a staff of seven welder/fabricators and expects continued success and growth as he looks towards the future.