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Tregaskiss and Bernard have an unprecedented history within the ITW welding brands known for delivering quality, innovative semi-automatic, fixed automatic, cobot and robotic MIG guns, consumables and peripherals. Through vigorous research and development principals, Bernard and Tregaskiss have long developed products that position customer challenges and market trends at the forefront of our product innovation and technology.

Both companies started from simple beginnings, both small, both independently owned, both seeing considerable growth and prosperity. Forming an alliance, the two companies merged their expertise to provide the welding industry with a vision and commitment to make significant impacts within the welding industry.  

As part of the Illinois Tool Works (ITW) welding group family, Tregaskiss and Bernard combine their proven experience and deep technical knowledge to solve its customers’ toughest welding challenges and productivity goals.  

You Need Reliability. We Understand.

You need reliable MIG guns, consumables and welding products that are readily available and offer consistent performance. Simplicity, ease of maintenance and durability are always part of our design specifications.

You Want Quality. We Deliver.

You prefer to use best-in-class welding products and components in your welding applications. Our high quality welding consumables are precision-engineered for superior performance and longer life. To further support you, our semi-automatic, fixed automatic and robotic MIG guns are designed to be universally compatible with most brands of welding machines and robots on the market.

Your Needs Are Unique. We Customize.

You understand the efficiency benefits of using best-fit products that optimize your welding applications. Our configured and custom MIG product solutions help you achieve your goals.

You Expect Ongoing Support. We Value Our Partnership.

You need supplier partners who stand firmly behind their products. We support you long after the sale by offering you competitive warranties as well as technical support via phone and email, 24/7 online resources, and an extensive authorized partner network .

    About Bernard

    Aerial view of Bernard facility in Beecher, Illinois

    Bernard Welding’s success and reputation of being a MIG welding innovator can be traced back to its pioneering efforts in the welding industry shortly after World War II.  

    In 1947, Arthur A. Bernard founded Engineered Welding Products on the south side of Chicago. What began as a small storefront quickly evolved into a strong growing company.  

    In 1954 he invented and patented Dual Shielded welding, otherwise known as flux-cored arc welding. Shortly thereafter, Engineered Welding Products relocated to Beecher, Illinois and opened its doors in 1963 under a new name, Bernard Welding, with 20 employees. Bernard was family-owned and operated until Dover Corporation purchased it in 1970, later to be purchased by Illinois Tool Works in 2001. 

    Over 75 years later, Bernard’s headquarters and state-of-the-art manufacturing facility continues to operate in Beecher, Illinois. As part of ITW Welding — a group of companies owned  by ITW that supply welding related products globally — Bernard maintains its commitment to high quality and durable semi-automatic MIG welding products.  

      Press Releases


      BEECHER, Ill./WINDSOR, Ontario. (June 1, 2023) — Bernard and Tregaskiss will attend FABTECH in Chicago, Sept. 11-14, sharing booth B23027 with Miller Electric Mfg. LLC and Hobart Brothers LLC. The companies will showcase integrated welding solutions that help improve productivity, reduce costs and deliver high quality.

      Bernard will display its AccuLock™ S consumables with dual-locked and conventional liners for semi-automatic welding applications. Tregaskiss will showcase its AccuLock R and AccuLock HDP consumables for robotic applications. These consumables systems are designed to increase consumable life and productivity while decreasing costs.

      Also at the booth, Tregaskiss will display its TOUGH GUN® TA3 robotic air-cooled MIG guns as well as TT4E and TT4A nozzle cleaning stations, which automate spatter removal to extend robotic MIG gun and consumable life. Tregaskiss will also display its BA1 cobot air-cooled MIG welding guns, designed for Miller® Copilot™ Collaborative Welding Systems. The cobot gun offers fast, simple installation and consistently delivers high-quality welds. Bernard will feature its BTB semi-automatic air-cooled MIG guns. Operators can customize these guns with multiple handle, trigger and liner options along with fixed or rotatable neck and choice of consumables, using the online configurator. Clean Air™ fume extraction MIG guns also will be featured by Bernard.

      Bernard and Tregaskiss representatives will be available to answer questions about the brands’ welding solutions and to provide information on technical and product support.

      Archived Press Releases

      Bernard Celebrates 75th Anniversary
      September 19, 2022
      Bernard Celebrates 75th Anniversary BEECHER, Ill. (September 19, 2022) — Bernard is excited to announce that the company is celebrating its 75th anniversary. This milestone marks a history rich in welding product innovation that started with humble beginnings in a storefront on the southeast side of Chicago. “Bernard was built upon a strong engineering foundation, […] read more

      Bernard and Tregaskiss To Showcase MIG Welding Solutions at FABTECH 2022
      August 19, 2022
      Bernard and Tregaskiss To Showcase MIG Welding Solutions at FABTECH 2022  BEECHER, Ill./WINDSOR Ontario. (August 16, 2022) – Bernard and Tregaskiss will attend FABTECH in Atlanta, November 8–10, sharing booths C12511 and C12711 with Miller Electric Mfg. LLC and Hobart Brothers LLC. The companies will showcase integrated welding solutions that provide cost, quality and productivity […] read more

      About Tregaskiss

      Tregaskiss headquarters shown from the southeast front of the building

      Tregaskiss is an industry leader in the development and manufacture of robotic MIG guns, peripherals and welding consumables. The company began its manufacturing endeavors in 1967 when William Tregaskiss, began independently selling welding products throughout Michigan, USA and Ontario, Canada. That same year after realizing the need for a durable welding gun to withstand harsh automotive factory environments, Tregaskiss and Ford Motor Company teamed up to design the Auto 350 robotic MIG Gun. 

      Its reputation as a strong, reliable torch positioned the Auto 350 to become the standard welding gun throughout the automotive industry.  Continuous improvements led to the evolution of a new welding torch, the T40, which introduced features that have become standard for many brands today. 

      Tregaskiss’s next wave of progress in the automotive industry was within robotic work cells. Tregaskiss put significant focus on pioneering a new line of robotic welding guns and accessories. The continuous need for tough, robust welding equipment led to developing the quick-change robotic gun, expanding the product line with robotic peripheral equipment, and continuous improvements to existing products. 

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      In 1992, the TOUGH GUN™ brand was introduced to the marketplace. The new TOUGH GUN product line combined several industry firsts such as “built-to-order” welding torches and consumables, interchangeable parts, self-insulated nozzles, self-insulated nozzles, direct plug-in power pins, and a lifetime warranty on handles and switches. 

      Due to the growing demand for Tregaskiss MIG Welding Products, Tregaskiss established a distribution network in1983 throughout North America. Similarly, distribution in Europe was introduced to Tregaskiss MIG Guns in 1989. 

      Family owned until 2007, Tregaskiss then became part of ITW Canada Inc. As part of ITW Welding — Tregaskiss gained access to additional research and development, engineering and technical resources. 

      Tregaskiss Headquarters in Windsor, Ontario has expanded several times over the decades to accommodate its rapid growth. Today, Tregaskiss continues to listen to the needs of its customers and remains committed to innovation and quality excellence

        ITW Welding

        Tregaskiss and Bernard are part of ITW Welding, a group of companies owned by ITW that supply welding related products globally. Other welding brands within this group include Miller and Hobart Filler Metals. Learn more about each of them below:

        ITW 1-847-724-7500
        A leading international business corporation with nearly 100 years of history, Illinois Tool Works Inc. (NYSE: ITW) is a diversified manufacturer of advanced industrial technology. ITW designs and produces an array of highly engineered fasteners and components, equipment and consumable systems, and specialty products and equipment for customers around the world.

        Miller Electric Logo 1-800-4-A-Miller (1-800-426-4553)
        Founded in 1929, and a world leader in the manufacturing of arc welding and cutting equipment. Miller Electric manufactures welding power sources, wire sources/generators, automation welding controls, plasma arc cutting power feeders, welding guns and accessories, engine driven welding power sources, and resistance spot welding equipment.

        Hobart Filler Metals logo 1-800-424-1543
        Hobart Brothers Company manufactures innovative filler metals, including tubular wires (flux-cored and metal-cored), solid wires and stick electrodes under the brand name Hobart®. In addition, the company is commited to offering solutions to improve weld quality, increase productivity and lower costs in the welding operation.

          Welding Industry Links

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          American Welding Society
          Hobart Institute of Welding logo
          Hobart Institute of Welding
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          Robotics Industries Association
          Society of Manufacturing Engineers logo
          Society of Manufacturing Engineers
          Gases and Welding Distributors Association logo
          Gases and Welding Distributors Association
          Edison Welding Institute logo
          Edison Welding Institute

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