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SafTCart
www.saftcart.com / Annual revenue: $10-20 million / HQ: Clarksdale, Miss. / Employees: 100+ /
Specialty: Gas cylinder carts / Jim Herring, vice president: "Competition is an opportunity."

saftcart manufactures and
sells gas cylinder carts and
related equipment across
the country.

Pulling the Cart

saftcart is one of america's top gas cylinder cart
manufacturing companies. by eric slack

SafTCart is one of the most reputable manufacturers and sellers of gas
cylinder carts and related equipment
in the nation. With a wide array of
product offerings and a diverse customer base, SafTCart's modern product development efforts are part of
the company's commitment to building on a long legacy of innovation.
"We can trace our roots back for
three decades to Walker Welders of
Clarksdale, Miss.," Vice President
Jim Herring says. "At that time, Jimmy Walker Sr. was interested in the
creation of a self-contained cutting
torch outfit."
He chose to invest in used equipment to built the cart himself. He
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created the first cart, the 1324 IIE, subsequently producing them in the rear
of a gas distributor, where they were
welded, painted, hung to dry, outfitted
with wheels and shipped.
The Metal Fab Division of Walker
Welders was incorporated as SafTCart in 1986, seeking out interest in
its products from the gas distributor
market sector. SafTCart developed a
full line of carts to serve the marketplace. Over time, the company looked
to expand, investing in a shuttered
school in Dublin, Miss., which was
located eight miles south of Walker
Welders' original location.
"It was a large enough space for the
company to expand, as walls inside

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the old classrooms were removed and
a new conveyor system was installed,"
Herring says. "This became SafTCart's first official manufacturing facility, where more products were designed and developed."
In 1997, Walker sold Walker Welders and its eight locations in north
Mississippi to Holox. However, he
kept ownership of SafTCart. It was
during that year that SafTCart also
grew beyond the capacity of the Dublin facility, moving to a location on
Highway 322, which had ample space
thanks to its previous identity as part
of a local logistics company.
"We moved the equipment in to
what was an expansive facility with a
lot of room for growth," Herring says.
Fast-forward to 2005 and SafTCart needed to expand into a new
space once again. That November,
the company moved to what remains
its current location, situated in the
Industrial Park of Clarksdale, Miss.
SafTCart adapted the building for its
needs, repairing and painting walls
while also installing two conveyor
systems. By the end of 2005, SafTCart had moved pallet welders to its
new location, keeping the cart welders back at its previous location. This
allowed for production of products to
take place at the new location before
being transported to the old location
for powder coating and shipping.
By March 2006, the company
brought all of its operations to the location in Clarksdale, wrapping up its
transformation by moving the large
powder coating oven used.
Since that time, SafTCart has remodeled two buildings at the back
of the Clarksdale property. "We installed a clean room in one of the
buildings for manifold parts and
assembly," Herring says. "As for the
other building, it was gutted before


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