When you have the desire to succeed, you eventually find a way. After his first attempt to open his welding business in 2001 didn’t progress as he had hoped, Carl Ward continued to work full time, while trying to develop a client base part time. It wasn’t until 2010 that Carl had the ability to devote the time and attention that was necessary to bring Ward Welding and Fabrication, Inc. to life. And that he did!
As a minority-owned business, a Milwaukee location was necessary for the certification process. With this knowledge, his search for a home began. After a lot of research and a bit of luck due to a vacating tenant, he chose the Port of Milwaukee on Jones Island. Being conveniently located for several of his clients made the decision to locate there ideal.
Recognizing that this was not a one-man operation, Carl hired his first full-time employee immediately to work side by side with him, along with a part-time office staff. Initially, landing about 30 contracts in 2010, today, he has more than doubled in size, employing three full-time shop workers and two part-time office staff, and landing about 55 contracts.
Carl’s perseverance and his commitment to complete a job from start to finish, with capabilities ranging from engineering and design through fabrication and erection, has earned him some top projects working for Beachlauncher, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, and Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District (MMSD). Recently, Ward Welding has also become a materials supplier for the new Milwaukee Bucks Arena, proving that good things come to those who persevere!
There are many paths to small business ownership and timelines to achieve success. This is yet another great example of the perseverance that it takes as a small business owner to not give up on your dream. I am proud to be associated with such hard working small business owners.
If you’re interested in learning more about Ward Welding and Fabrication, Inc., please visit www.wardweldingandfabrication.com/ or www.facebook.com/Ward-Welding-and-Fabrication-Inc-185107151509931/.