Mig Welding with our trusty Millermatic 200
One of the things that separates Richardson Seating from its competitors is our ability to weld. Most of our competitors can do upholstery but not many have a fully functioning metal shop and wood shop. Having a metal shop has allowed us to come up with styles that are a little different than everyone else. If you take a look at our line you will see that our bar stools are not the same bar stools you see on all the different restaurant furniture sites. Our products are really complicated to build. We make the internal components for our seats in house. We do all of our own upholstery in house and we weld up our frames in house. Here is a video of one of our welders putting together the beginning part of our 2500 series frame. He is welding a circular piece of tubing to small plates so that we can attach the swivel and the seat to the frame. We have 6 Millermatic welders. Most of them are 200 and most of them are at least 20 years old. I have worked at the company since 2000 and I don't think I have ever seen us buy one. The main consumables with welding are gas and wire. Gas we get delivered a few times a month. We use a combination Argon and Carbon Dioxide for one machine and we use CO2 for our other machine. Depending on what you are welding each gas has its advantage. We use primarily .35 wire and we buy it once a year. We usually buy it by the skid.