Lincoln Electric Company was founded in 1895 and is a world leader in the design, development and manufacture of arc welding products, robotic welding systems, and plasma and oxyfuel cutting equipment. Headquartered in Ohio, the company has manufacturing operations, joint ventures and alliances in nearly 20 countries and a worldwide network of distributors and sales offices covering more than 160 countries. Lincoln has a global work force of more than 7,000. From its early beginnings, the company has pioneered technological advancements and improvements in arc welding consumables and equipment. The company s products include welders, wire feeders, cutting systems, power sources, fixed table systems, wires and electrodes, and specialty gas and medical equipment and accessories. Lincoln Electric Company maintains a location in Mentor, Ohio.