Business View Magazine | June 2019

106 BUSINESS VIEW MAGAZINE JUNE 2019 D on R. Fruchey/PWC Fabrication of Ft. Wayne, Indiana is one of the area’s leading industrial custom steel and equipment fabricators. PWC Fabrication, once known as the Portable Welding Company, was acquired in 1964 by Don. R. Fruchey, who began as a steel erector doing industrial contracting, precast erection, and heavy hauling in the Ft. Wayne area. “As the erection part of his company grew, he found that custom fabrication companies were pretty scarce and unreliable,” says General Manger, Chuck Brewster. “So, he purchased PWC Fabrication to service his needs as a growing company in the industry. As the industry continued to grow, customers began to call PWC directly for other custom fabrications, so now, we not only furnish fabrications for our parent company, Don. R. Fruchey, but we have a diversified customer base, as well.” Today, the Don R. Fruchey/PWC Fabrication Company is owned and operated by the third generation of the Fruchey family. “It started out with Don,” Brewster explains. “His two sons, Robert and David Fruchey took over for Don after he retired. Robert and David retired a couple of years ago and Robert’s two sons, Ryan and Adam have taken over ownership of the company.” The company employs 20 team members in the shop area and another eight support team members in the office area, which was recently renovated to support its detailers, estimators, and administrators. Most of its