Welding Works International Inc. is the Port of Brownsville 2019 Chairman’s Award honoree. The award recognizes the company’s 20-plus years of “setting a high standard in safety training and providing ongoing contributions to the well-being of the Rio Grande Valley community.”
Brownsville Navigation District Chairman John Reed presented the award to Welding Works President Alfredo de la Fuente at the Customer Appreciation Luncheon Dec. 3. More than 200 guests were in attendance. They included port tenants and business leaders as well as local, regional and state public officials.
“Welding Works International is a homegrown success story that is well-known for supporting a range of services to South Texas,” said Reed. “With large scale-industrial projects expected to kick-off at the port, specialized construction skills will be at a premium. Such skills are what distinguish the 2019 winner of the Chairman’s award.”
A strong commitment
Welding Works International Inc. began in 1998 at the Port of Brownsville. It was then an affiliate company of A.D. Welding Services Inc. Since then, the company has grown from 20 employees to a team of more than 200. Many of them are at Keppel AmFELS, where they manufacture ships as well as oil platforms and rigs. They provide skilled and semi-skilled welding and related services to a range of clients.
“The foundation of Welding Works International has been built around our strong commitment to our workforce, their safety and development, and the high-quality work ethic needed to get the job done,” said de la Fuente. “This award is a representation of the tireless effort our employees put in on a daily basis.”
The Chairman’s Award is an annual award highlighting the achievements of port tenants. Areas of recognition include business growth, leadership, job creation, customer service, innovation, safety and community involvement.