Welding & Gas Insurance

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As your business grows, both the risks and reward become greater.

Horton offers coverage and advice that can suit your business today, tomorrow and in the future.


The welding and gas industry is full of risk and potential liabilities.

The welding and gas industry is full of risk and potential liabilities.


Understanding Your Insurance 

Selecting insurance limits can often times be challenging and nerve-racking, especially in your industry, as it forces you to predict the future. Selecting the wrong limits could put you out of business or in a bad financial situation. We have the ability to conduct a peer analysis, benchmarking your limits against distributors of similar size to assist you in making the right choice for your business. 


Welding Testimonial ILMO Products

We hired Horton after working with a local agent for many years. Ultimately, ILMO came to the conclusion that we needed industry expertise. The welding & gas specific insights and tailored service Horton brings to the table is unmatched and their response time is amazing, always getting me what I need, when I need it.

- John D’Amaro, CFO of ILMO Products Company

Horton Welding Practice Advantage

Horton Welding Practice Advantage

Our capabilities range from securing basic insurance coverage to overseeing comprehensive risk management programs, while providing advanced, specialized services including:
  • Benchmarking (limits, rates and loss data)
  • Contract review (major gas supplier, customer, supplier/vendor, manufacturer, lease, contractor)
  • Specialized coverage for the industry
  • Risk identification & prioritization (risk mapping)
  • Safety assessments
  • Online risk management portals (safety documents, tools, and training)
  • Claims management
  • M&A due diligence & integration assessments
  • Experience (we work with over 100 industry distributors and suppliers)
  • Industry involvement (GAWDA, IWDC, AIWD, and more - we KNOW your business)

Welding & Gas Insurance Experts

Tony Hopkins

Tony Hopkins is a Senior Vice President of Horton's Risk Advisory Solutions department. The role of a risk management consultant must also evolve to keep pace. Strategic consultants provide insight and guidance on risks facing an organization, with a strong focus on prioritizing efforts.

Will Cray

William Cray is a Vice President for Horton’s Select Business Division. In this role, William is responsible for providing Horton clients with comprehensive, cost-effective and innovative solutions to meet their most complex, risk-related challenges and opportunities.

Welding Testimonial

"Tony Hopkins is our agent - he and The Horton Group are very involved with welding distributors, specifically the IWDC. Tony has spoke at IWDC events and I have found him to be very knowledgeable when dealing with the big gas companies regarding contract language, specifically indemnity issues. His insight was invaluable during our last negotiation, which helped us get fair language in our contract." 

- John Dunfee, President of WELD Specialty Gas & Equipment, Inc.

"Horton has been our agent for over 25 years and has become an invaluable part of our organization. We know we can count on The Horton Group to be there when we need them. Our service team has dedicated themselves to the success of our business and the entire industry. With memberships in GAWDA, AIWD, ISBT and AWS, Horton has a comprehensive understanding of the industry and always puts the needs of their clients first."

- Jeff Anderson, Vice President – Finance – Andy Oxy Company

"I have been involved in risk management in our industry since 1996. I have had the privilege of working with Horton over the past 12 years and it’s clear that they know our industry well. In addition to the traditional insurance coverages that they negotiate on AWG’s behalf, they always keep us updated on industry trends and help us with our acquisitions, contracts, safety policies and cost efficient ways to decrease our risk. They are truly part of our risk management team!" 

- Chuck Beal, Vice President & Associate General Counsel of American Welding & Gas, Inc.

Welding Testimonial 2

"From our producer Will Cray to the service team of John Cordan and Patti, both the advisory and administrative functions have been excellent. Seems like you are hiring smart people, allowing them to focus on certain SIC codes, and incentivizing them to serve current clients. Most of your competitors have not figured out this cocktail."

- Andy Kaelin – KBIC Consulting

Issues to Watch

Issues to Watch

We’ve compiled a list of critical issues and topics for executives to keep on their radar for this calendar year.

Welding Supply & Gas Distributor Watch List

Welding Supply & Gas Distributor Watch List

Welding & Gas Watch List

The more you know about what lies ahead, the more you can prepare for tomorrow. Be prepared to find risks and opportunities by following emerging trends. From continued political gridlock to rising healthcare costs, know what matters in 2020 and beyond.

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Generational Benefit Plan Selection

Generational Benefit Plan Selection

Generational Benefit Plan Selection

A war for talent is underway as unemployment falls, baby boomers near retirement and many industries experience a shortage for skilled labor in many trades. With an opportunity to attract and retain employees, benefits play a key role in boosting employee loyalty.

But with increasing benefits, employers also think they have to increase costs. Maybe not. Maybe there is a better way to recognize the different preferences of each generation of employee and design a program that not only is cost effective, but gets to the heart of what is most important for them.

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