Fred Welch had the idea to build a workwear accessories business. Little did he know, his idea would carry down through his family for five decades and have a lasting influence on the entire industry.
Like everything else he did, he dove head first and started working towards his dream alongside his wife and kids in Portland, Oregon. Initially the business sold a variety of workwear, belts, bags and other accessories.
Fred’s daughter Diana, who had been part of the company most her life, helped expand the business to become the largest suspender manufacturer in the Western United States.
Diana officially took the reins and narrowed the Welch product offering to what it did best: high quality USA-Made suspenders.
With plans to enjoy her retirment, Diana called up Travis Kindler, the owner of Kinco (after meeting and trading business cards at the tradeshow 15 years prior!), and they made a deal.