Arlin and Betty Kiel began A & B Welding, Inc. in 1979 in Hartley, Iowa. When the business began there was one employee. By 1980, two employees were added to support the additional business. During this time, A & B Welding, Inc. was expanding their work outside of the Hartley area and soon identified that the North Iowa area provided an opportunity to expand the business beyond their current market.
In 1981, A & B rented a building in Thompson, Iowa to store equipment. As the business grew, it became apparent that Thompson provided a solid base for the business and the entire operation was moved there in 1984.
Over the years, the business has grown to a staff of 40 employees and provides services and products throughout the mid-west region. A & B Welding & Manufacturing provides services in the fertilizer and chemical construction industry. The chief industry is the storage tank business. A & B has built storage tanks in 12 different states in the mid-west. A & B provides plumbing installations and structures to support access to and from the storage tanks. Other services offered are crane services, tank cleaning, inspection and testing, tank relocation and tank moving, warehouses and offices, secondary containment, design and project site layout, project site assessments, dike liners, portable welding, shop services and welding supplies.