As an independently-owned distributor of welding gases and supplies, the growing store has made a name for itself with its expansive stock and NBS (No ‘BS’) policy, which outlines the company’s commitment to honesty and transparency.
“Our NBS policy basically means that we charge a fair price for a fair product and treat people how we would wish to be treated,” says Prince George Branch Manager Wade Foreman.
This policy includes standards that dictate the way Western Gasco treats both customers and employees, and is one of the primary reasons clients keep coming back.
“As an independent operation, we have a significant advantage over competitors in our purchasing department,” says Foreman. “Each location does its own purchasing, which means that we can bring in product quicker and react to customers’ needs faster.”
According to Foreman, the store’s inventory is its biggest asset.
“Our fill rates on orders are usually close to 95 per cent,” he remarks. “We carry a lot more inventory than most stores, and we work to meet the needs of new customers. If a new client comes in, we find out what they need and make sure to stock enough for their regular usage.”
Western Gasco was founded in 2003, opening its first store in the Lower Mainland. After opening a second Abbotsford location a few years later, the Prince George store launched in 2013. A few years ago, the company opened its fourth store in Kelowna.
In addition to the four main locations, Western Gasco operates seven depots (in Burns Lake, Castlegar, Houston, Quesnel, Smithers, Vanderhoof, and Williams Lake), which house gas supply centres connected to the company’s distribution network.
The Prince George location houses seven employees, and runs a fleet of five vehicles, allowing them to deliver cylinders to clients and depots across the entirety of Northern BC with a short turnaround.
Western Gasco would like to thank everyone who has supported them over the last six years and looks forward to meeting many new faces in the future.
To find out more, visit www.westerngasco.com