In 1991 Weld Plus was started by Jack Schroeder and Paul Rensing working out of Jack’s basement and garage. Paul is the President of Weld Plus with over 30 employees working out of a 44,000 square foot facility on the banks of the Ohio River in Cincinnati, Ohio. Previous to Weld Plus, Paul sold for a local welding distributor for 8 years and before that he owned and operated a small construction firm specializing in replacement windows. He has been in the industry since 1983. Paul attended the University of Cincinnati and is an expert in welding processes and welding automation. Paul started a rigorous training program to further develop the overall skills of the entire staff. Expanded business levels and advancement of employees via a “Promote from Within” program have kept training at a steady pace. Paul enjoys golf and attending his son’s various sporting events.
Rob began his Weld Plus career in 2013 as the Director of Information Technology. In 2014, he was promoted to Managing Director. Rob’s responsibilities include Operations, Inside Sales, Purchasing, Marketing and IT. Prior to Weld Plus, Rob spent 10 years as the Director of IT for an international welding, industrial and safety products wholesaler. Rob received his Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Xavier University. He enjoys spending his free time with his wife and 3 children and is an avid golfer.
Connie joined Weld Plus as Controller in September of 2016. She graduated from the University of Cincinnati with a degree in accounting. Before joining Weld Plus Connie ran her own consulting business. Prior to that she worked for a local CPA firm for ten years. Connie enjoys attending sporting events, boating and spending time with her husband and family.
Doug has been in the business for over 30 years. In 1980 Doug began working for a local welding distributor and then joined Weld Plus in 1994. Doug has a great ability to teach his customers the newest applications that come out on the market. Doug also has given some welding classes to the Weld Plus staff. He is our expert in Sub-Arc, cold and hot wire TIG welding and pulse MIG welding. Doug’s hobbies include boating, rappelling, scuba diving and camping.
Jared joined Weld Plus in 2004 working in the warehouse. Jared learned each piece of equipment by cleaning it, sanding it and sometimes repairing it. Jared also mastered the computer entry programs and the ins and outs of shipping large equipment fast. He moved to an inside sales position and handled the bulk of internet calls. Jared joined the outside sales team at the beginning of 2007. Jared enjoys sports, camping and cars.
Vince joined our outside sales team in December of 2014. Prior to joining Weld Plus, Vince was the Director of Sales for Preson-Eastin. He was responsible for training and supervising a team of nine personnel, which included outside sales, inside sales and applications engineering. Vince enjoys traveling, hiking, biking and spending time with his wife and family.
Dennis has been in the welding supply business for over 30 years. Prior to that he worked 5 years in the medical gases and respiratory therapy field. Dennis joined Weld Plus in 1996 as an outside salesperson. Dennis suggested and established the Weld Plus website in 1996 and currently maintains it. Dennis is constantly teaching and helping the inside salespeople with the intricacies of welding positioning equipment. He is knowledgeable in several automated welding applications. Dennis enjoys spending time with his family, photography and website designs.
Craig joined Weld Plus as a part time warehouse employee in 2006 while attending high school and then the University of Cincinnati. He received a Bachelor’s Degree in Finance in December of 2012. Craig moved into the Shipping department in 2010 to better his skills in customer service and meeting deadlines. Currently Craig holds a position as one of Weld Plus’ inside sales staff and also Website product photography Craig is one of our many employees who has seized a sales position after working their way up through the warehouse. In his spare time Craig enjoys golfing and attending sporting events such as the Bengals, Reds and Bearcats games.
After attending UC in the Electro Mechanical Engineering School, Rick worked for the Engineering Department for a Hotel Management Company. He joined the welding industry in 1976 and worked in all of the following departments: warehouse management, fill plant management, counter sales, quality control, purchasing, inside sales, customer service management. Needless to say, Rick has a wealth of expertise and experience in the industry. Rick joined Weld Plus in 1998 as an Inside Sales person and customer service. Rick specializes in Metallurgy, weld metal specifications and AWS specifications. Rick enjoys music, golf and gardening.
Buddy graduated from Miami University in the summer of 2014 and began working at Weld Plus in September of that year. He started sanding, grinding, and painting in the machine preparation area, then went on to learn the rest of the warehouse operations including shipping and receiving. Buddy also worked in the service department and welder repair to get affiliated with the company’s scope of work. Currently Buddy is handling our E-bay store and learning inside sales. He enjoys playing golf, attending sporting events, and spending time with friends and family.
Steve was hired as our driver in 1992, becoming the fourth member of the staff to join Weld Plus. Steve is now the main counter salesman and also fills in when necessary with inside sales and delivery. Previous to Weld Plus, Steve was part owner of a flooring supply distributorship and also a courier. Steve attended Cincinnati Technical College and has taken sales seminar courses. Steve enjoys yard work, gardening, golf and photography.
Dan graduated from the University of Dayton in the Spring of 2011 with a Bachelor of Arts in History, and completed the Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps program out of Wright State University. He joined Weld Plus in the Fall of 2011 performing various jobs in the warehouse. In the Spring of 2012, Dan moved to inside sales to continue learning automated systems and welding applications while familiarizing himself with the computer databases and inventory. During the Fall of 2012, he began transitioning into outside sales to maintain and build the customer base of Weld Plus. In July of 2014 Dan moved into the Service Dept. as the Operations Manager. Dan enjoys biking, rock climbing and reading during his spare time.
Ellen joined Weld Plus in August of 2016 with a background in facilities and project management. She earned her Bachelors and Masters degrees in Civil Engineering from the University of Cincinnati’s College of Engineering, Her prior experience includes 8 years managing construction projects for Procter & Gamble and Jones Lang LaSalle. She brings her skills in management and project coordination to her new role in the Weld Plus Operations Department. Ellen enjoys camping, hiking, and spending time with her husband and 3 children.
Travis started at Weld Plus in January of 2012 as an electrical technician in the service dept. Before coming to Weld Plus he was an electrician for Fluor Daniel, a global engineering construction company. Travis is currently the Lead Service Tech at Weld Plus. He enjoys spending time with his son, fishing, hunting and is an avid motorcyclist.
Laurie joined the accounting department of Weld Plus in October of 2016. Before joining Weld Plus, she taught Home Economics for 25 years in the Oak Hills School District. Laurie enjoys playing golf and spending time with her husband and family.
Bob has been in the welding industry since 1977. Soon after he joined Weld Plus in 1994, he was responsible for implementing the welding software system. Bob is currently our purchasing manager. He also oversees shipping, as well as helping with inside sales. He enjoys photography, golf and wildlife gardening in his spare time.
Matt is a 1993 graduate of ITT Tech in Automated Manufacturing. After graduation he worked as a packaging designer at Franks Industries. Matt started as the delivery driver at Weld Plus in 2006. Matt documents and organizes all equipment as it enters the warehouse and is an expert at inventory management. He enjoys working on projects around his home and spending time with his grandchildren.
Sharon joined Weld Plus in December of 2004. Her responsibilities at Weld Plus focus on marketing and customer/sales support. Her duties include designing marketing publications such as promotional ads and catalogs, as well as graphic design for Weld Plus’ website. Sharon also handles billing, product photography, the intranet site for Weld Plus and a number of other administrative tasks. She is an avid Pittsburgh Steelers fan and an award-winning photographer. Sharon also enjoys camping and spending time with her family.