Gasweld Tools recently reached a significant milestone with the specialist tool supplier celebrating the 40th anniversary of its first store opening in Newcastle. 

First established in 1978, owners Neil and Marilyn Dunning set out to fill the void of specialist gas and welding suppliers in the Newcastle and greater Hunter Region.

After opening their first store in a small building in Carrington, Gasweld shifted its premises to Lambton in 1979 and they haven’t looked back.

“As the manufacturing diminished in Australia and companies needed to become more competitive, we started to provide solutions to reduce their overall costs,” Neil Dunning, Gasweld Managing Director, said.

“We focussed on selling modern equipment to speed the job up & provided customers with more affordable options.” 

Originally a mechanical engineer, Neil established his own brand of tools in the mid1980s known as ‘Toolex’ which has developed into a hugely successful portion of the company. 

A family owned and operated business, Neil and Marilyn remain the company’s Managing Directors and are still actively involved in the day-to-day operations. 

Their son, Brent, took over as General Manager in 2011 and has overseen Gasweld’s significant development and expansion in recent years.

The company has now grown to 17 stores across NSW, South Australia, Victoria and the ACT – with plans for further expansion.

“We’ve been lucky to have family in the business. Brent has been hanging about the place since he was six years old,” Dunning Snr said. 

“At 8 or 10 he was serving customers in the shop!”

Dunning highlighted the company’s philosophy of ‘providing solutions’ as integral to Gasweld’s longevity and overall success. 

“Our staff are well trained to provide the right product to the right customer. It’s not just about selling products to just get a sale,” Dunning said. 

“It’s more about providing a quality service to maintain a relationship with each customer.”