In 1911, Lincoln Electric Holdings introduced the first variable-voltage, single-operator, portable welding machine in the world. With more than 100 years in the industry, Lincoln is committed to providing innovative and cost-effective welding and cutting solutions. The holding company owns a number of interests in the welding industry throughout the world. Some of the company s recent acquisitions include Bester S.A., a welding equipment manufacturer based in Poland, Ore., and C.I.F.E. Spa, an Italian manufacturer of welding consumables. Founded in 1895, Lincoln Electric Holdings is based in Cleveland and is publicly traded on the NASDAQ under the symbol LECO.