Our Story

Since 1946, Young Welding Supply, Inc. has served the Shoals area with compressed gas products, tools, safety supplies, welding machines, and fire extinguishers.

Sam Young started the company after working at a radiator repair shop with his older brother, V.B. Young, in Columbus, MS. When working at the radiator repair shop, Sam gained knowledge in compressed gases and customer service for the welding industry.

Sam and his wife Virginia moved to Northwest Alabama where there was a need for a growing industrial development after WWII. As the business grew, they started an acetylene plant to produce and fill gas cylinders for the welding industry in Sheffield Industrial Park.

In the early 1980s, Young Welding opened a store approximately fifty (50) miles north in Savannah, TN to better serve customers to the north of the shoals area. They later opened a store approximately fifty (50) miles south in Haleyville, AL to better serve customers in the south of shoals area.

For several years, YWS continued to grow their customer base. In 2002, YWS purchased a welding supply store in Columbus, Ms formally Young Radiator, which was the founded by Sam’s older brother V.B. Young.

Presently, Sam’s wife Virginia, son Bobby and two grandchildren Renee and Robby continue to work in the family owned business. The business is committed to providing exceptional value for customers with welding supplies, services, and compressed gases

Historical Timeline

•1935; Van (Sam) Young worked for his older brother V.B. Young at Young Radiator in Columbus, MS.

•1946: Van (Sam) Young started Young Radiator on the corner of 2nd. & Jackson Hwy. Sheffield, AL.

•1956; Van (Sam) Young and his wife Virginia, relocated and started  selling welding supplies and re-named the business Young Welding Supply in Sheffield, AL. They are blessed with four children Terry, Bobby, Phyllis, and Wayne.

•1973; Sam starts Acetylene plant to produce acetylene and fill gas cylinders for the welding industry in Northwest Alabama.

•1970-1980; Sam and Virginia’s children; Terry, Bobby, Phyllis, and Wayne Young join family business.

•1980; Haleyville, AL store opens

•1982; Savannah, TN store opens.

•1990; We moved to our current location into a New building on the corner of 1St & Montgomery in Downtown Sheffield.

•1993; Bobby’s daughter, Renee Young Husfeld – joined family business

•2002; Columbus, MS store acquired from Young Radiator & Welding Supply

•2002; Columbus store hit by tornado, reopens several days later in temporary building

•2006; Columbus store gets new building

•2016; Kosciusko, MS store acquired from Central Welding Supply