About Us

  • Advanced Welding Supply Company is a family owned and operated welding and industrial gas supplier based out of Milwaukee, Wisconsin. We pride ourselves on unmatched customer service! You are not just another number to our company, we consistently provide prompt, professional, and friendly service.

John T. Albanese - President

  • John’s passion for the welding industry first began at The Chicago, Milwaukee, St. Paul & Pacific Road Railroad Company where he served a State Indentured Apprenticeship Program as a Boilermaker. John completed his Apprenticeship and became a Journeyman in 1975. Always looking for opportunities to grow, John was hired by The Allis Chalmers Corporation as a Fitter-Welder performing X-Ray quality welds on Steam and Gas Turbines including Hydro Pumps, all products being a primary source in generating electricity to power plants. John held various positions including Weld Shop Foreman.

    After an industrial accident at Allis Chalmers in 1982 and a major downturn in the economy, John began to search for other opportunities related in the welding field. He found his opportunity at Linnehan Welding Supply Company as a Sales Engineer. He was responsible for obtaining new customer accounts, as well as maintaining existing customer base, developing new products, and process training. In 1984 John was recruited by Airco Welding Supply Company, a major producer of Industrial Gases, and Welding Equipment worldwide, and began his 18 year Sales Career as a Top Performer in Industrial Gases and Welding Related Sales. Because of John’s extensive hands on experience in various welding applications and processes, he was appointed to BOC Gases National Fabrication Development Team. This team was designed to teach and train sales personnel in newly developed welding products, processes and procedures.

    Because of his extensive experience and dedicated customer base John decided to branch off on his own and start his own business, Advanced Welding Supply Company, Inc., which launched April 1st 2003. The company’s focus was going to be on excellent customer service to company’s ranging from large industrial manufacturers to “Do it yourself” home hobbyist.

Professional Organizations

American Welding Society
Current 25 years - Silver Membership
Past Chairman Milwaukee Section District 12

American Foundry Society
Current Member since 2004


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Chris J. Albanese - Vice President

  • Christopher’s journey started with Advanced Welding Supply Company, Inc. January 1st 2008. Prior to joining the family business, he graduated from Carroll University in Waukesha WI in May 2007, where he got a Bachelors degree in Business Administration with an emphasis in Management. While working towards his degree, he managed to be a four year member of the Carroll University football team. He was awarded All-Midwest Conference linebacker three of his four years. To further his knowledge in the welding industry he decided to enroll at MATC. There he took classes on technical aspects of the welding and industrial gas equipment. He is a member at large with the American Welding Society Milwaukee section.

    His current responsibilities with the company are to maintain and grow his existing customer base, along with finding new opportunities. With technology constantly improving he will strive to be current and knowledgeable in the industrial gas and welding supply industry.

Professional Organizations

American Welding Society
American Welding Society: Member at large Milwaukee Section


GAWDA Edge, June 2010 - Sparking a Company and a Career
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