Victor Equipment Company was founded in 1913 by L.W. Stettner. Stettner, a welder by trade, suffered the loss of an eye from a welding accident and subsequently set out to design and build better, safer welding products. His designs for welding and cutting torches and regulators were quickly accepted and the original San rancisco-based Victor Oxy-Acetylene Welding Equipment Company grew rapidly. Stettner's "safety oriented" designs resulted in numerous patents and firsts including spiral mixers, goosenecks nozzles, and safety regulators. In time, the company name was shortened to Victor Equipment Company. Victor's product line and business volume grew steadily and expanded capacity was needed. The original San Francisco manufacturing operations were relocated to new headquarters in Denton, TX in the mid 1960's.
Victor's growth has been marked by numerous plant expansions at the Denton facility and the construction of a second manufacturing facility in Abilene, TX. The Abilene operation encompasses Victor's in house brass forging plant providing ready-to-machine forged parts for most major torch and regulator products. Today, Victor Equipment Company is the leading manufacturer of gas apparatus. The commitment to provide superior quality, reliable products and safe, reliable performance has resulted in numerous product innovations including patented built-in flashback arrestors and check valves for torches.
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