“Livesay Multipurpose Machines,” predecessor to BUG-O, was invented to increase production of ships and landing craft at Higgins Shipyards in Louisiana for WWII.
H. Edward Cable, with 4 partners, starts D.R. Electric Company which will become Weld Tooling Corporation and Lincoln Service Shop in 1952.
Herbert E. Cable Joins as a Sales Representative. Weld Tooling Corporation acquires patent rights to “Livesay Machines” and begins an extensive redesign.
New Location West Carson Street
Ed Cable starts selling Livesay units. Weld Tooling Corporation creates the BUG-O Systems Division to design, manufacture and sell the redesigned machines to be known as “BUG-O’s.”
Seattle Space Needle
St. Louis Arch
Unisphere at the New York’s World Fair
1970’S AND 1980’S
Chip Cable, like his father Herbert E. Cable, joins Weld Tooling Corporation as a Sales Representative
New technology advances changing AC Governor Control motor to DC motor with Solid State Controls
Acquires Cypress Welding- expansion into pipe fabrication
Works with shipyards to mechanize welding of submarines and ships for the U.S. military
Herb Cable becomes CEO and Chip Cable becomes President.
Introduction of Trackless Machines, Overlay Systems and Programmable Machines
BUG-O used to weld circumference of 10 ft. dia. pilings and cut slots in inner & outer piling for the replacement sections of the San Francisco – Oakland Bay Bridge project.
BUG-O mechanization utilized in shipbuilding of Disney cruise lines at Meyer Werft Ship Yard.
4th Generation Matt Cable joins the company
BUG-O Expands to meet global demands by moving into a new 25,000 sq.ft. state of the art manufacturing facility.
Reestablishing our original partnership with The Lincoln Electric Company; Lincoln and BUG-O develops PiperBug® then the Piper-Plus
2010’s – tODAY
Introduction of the K-Bug product line
BUG-O announces New 3-Year Warranty
New GO-FER IV® released reducing the need to keep multiple machines and accessories on hand
Matt Cable becomes Bug-O President
Bug-O’s Live Support Program solves application problems and increases productivity in a digital world.
MDS with Current Sensing AHC is used to construct Space-X launch pad.
April 6, 2023 – BUG-O celebrates 75 years in business.
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