A Story of True Tenacity: A Commemorative History of Sutton-Garten Company
The history of Sutton-Garten Company began in December 1918 when William Raymond Garten and Charles R. Sutton arranged for a line of credit and began operations as the Service Welding Apparatus and Supply Company at 425 N. Capitol Avenue in Indianapolis. Eventually, the Garten family bought Sutton’s shares but continued under the same name. This history describes how, over a one-hundred-year span, a small family-owned business weathered the storms of world wars; the Great Depression; increasing regulation, complexity, and competition; and many other challenges. It tells how Sutton-Garten accomplished this feat—that is, through the vision of its early leaders; through the dedication, hard work, and creativity of its employees; through the loyalty of its longtime customers; and through the support of organizations such as Gases and Welding Distributors Association (GAWDA) and the Independent Welding Distributors Cooperative (IWDC). This history is more than an account about a successful, enduring business—it is a story about people, because it is people who made sure that Sutton-Garten is still here today.