The History of Tregaskiss


The History of Tregaskiss

The Product

In 1967, William Tregaskiss began his business as an independent agent selling welding products in Michigan, U.S.A. and Ontario, Canada.

Realizing the need for a durable welding gun tough enough to withstand the abuse of a harsh automotive factory environment, Tregaskiss and Ford Motor Company cooperated in the design of the Auto 350.

Its reputation as a strong, reliable torch enabled it to become the standard welding gun in the automotive industry. Continuous improvement led to the evolution of a new welding torch, the T40, which introduced features that have become standard on many brands today.

The next wave of progress in the automotive industry included robotic work cells. Tregaskiss put significant focus on pioneering a new line of robotic welding guns and accessories.

The Tregaskiss engineers listened to customer requests for tough, robust welding equipment. They introduced the quick-change robotic gun, added robotic peripheral equipment to the product line, and continued to make improvements to existing products. Helping customers meet the challenges inherent in an industry driven by technilogoical changes is what the people at Tregaskiss strive to do.

The Birth of the TOUGH GUN Brand

Based on the ruggedness of Tregaskiss™ MIG Guns, the TOUGH GUN™ brand was born in 1992. The new TOUGH GUN line brought together such industry firsts as "built-to-order" torches and welding consumables, interchangeability of parts, self-insulated nozzles, direct plug-in power pins, and a lifetime warranty on handles and switches.

The Distribution Network

Growing demand for Tregaskiss MIG Welding Products required the establishment of a distribution network. In 1983, Tregaskiss began working with welding distributors throughout North America. In 1989, distributors for the international market introduced Tregaskiss MIG Guns to the European market. Today, Tregaskiss sells MIG guns and accessories domestically via distribution channel partners and internationally via ITW Welding organizations operating in countries around the globe.

The Place

Tregaskiss Headquarters in Windsor, Ontario has expanded several times over the decades to accommodate our rapid growth. The current building with its unique aluminum-look exterior includes an expanded R&D Facility, training centre, Customer Service and Engineering areas. The production floor features skylights, live trees, and air-conditioning for the comfort and morale of our valued employees.


A Change of Ownership

In 2007, the Tregaskiss family sold the business to ITW Canada, Inc. As part of the ITW Welding group, which includes Miller Electric Mfg.Co., Hobart, and Bernard, Tregaskiss gained access to additional research and development, engineering and technical resources


Contributions to the Industry and Community

The United Way has been a major part of ITW's community involvment for more than 60 years. The ITW Foundation provided $8.2 million in 2016 to communities in North America through its Hearts Giving Hope initiave, which matches and amplifies local employee donations. Tregaskiss, a subsidiary of ITW Canada Inc., has wholeheartedly embraced support of this annual United Way campaign with the achievement of 100% employee participation in 2013, 2015, and 2016.

Tregaskiss is also a proud supporter of STEM education through its sponsorship of local high school FIRST Robotics teams.


Our Future

Striving for excellence through focus on customer needs is a commitment that began with William Tregaskiss, and it remains an integral component of the Tregaskiss culture today. Our team of skilled and dedicated employees take pride in the products they design, test, manufacture, and support. Our Guiding Values, commitment to our customers, and unrelenting pursuit of innovation and quality ensures that Tregaskiss will remain an industry leader for years to come.

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