Nix Companies has a strong heritage that began in the late 1800’s when Charles Nix immigrated from Germany and eventually settled in Poseyville, Indiana. Charles operated a blacksmith shop shoeing horses and forming iron. At the conclusion of Charles’s career, his two eldest sons ran the business for several years before turning the business over to the youngest son Carl. He operated out of a small dirt floor building for several years before moving across town and building the first small block building at our current location of 21 N. Endicott St. in Poseyville, Indiana.
Carl and his only son, Carl Jr. (Sonny), constructed their new building by hand in 1957. This father and son team formed Carl A. Nix Welding Service, Inc. and in 1975 the fourth generation was added when Charles William (Bill) Nix, son of Carl Jr., joined the team. The three worked together until Carl Sr. passed away in 1982. In recent years, the fifth generation was added when Matthew and Adam Nix, sons of Charles (Bill) joined the family business.
In the past decade, our company has seen growth in various areas including new equipment, larger buildings & infrastructure, and a growing staff. These changes come about to both adapt with the times and meet the ever growing demand for our services. As we continue to adapt and grow there is still much emphasis on ‘remaining the same’. We will always strive to meet the same level of quality and customer service set forth by the generations before us.
Charles Henry Nix is born in Romsthal, Germany. He is the 12th of 14 children to parents, Christian and Magdalena.
Charles immigrates with two of his sisters, Juliann and Susan, and brother, Colestine. It is said they immigrated to escape the control of Kaiser's Army.
During this time, Charles learns to read and speak English by studying the signboards as he rides on horse carts to and from work.
At the age of 19, Charles moves to Ingraham, IL to work for his older brother, Colestein, on his farm. Most of his brothers and sisters, as well as his parents, are living in Ingraham.
Charles marries Mary Barbara Weber at Holy Cross Church in Wendelin, IL.
Charles and Babara move from Ingraham, IL to Poseyville, IN. This was a 70-mile journey by horse-drawn wagon.
Charles purchases one of four existing blacksmith shops in Poseyville, IN. The building was a small one story wooden structure.
Carl A. Nix is born in Poseyville, Indiana.
Charles constructs a larger structure to house and sell modern farm implements (International Harvester). The original building is converted to house and repair carriages.
Charles’ two sons, George and Joe, take over running the shop.
Carl A. Nix takes over the shop as two older brothers step down.
Carl purchases the company's first welding machine, preparing for the future.
Carl Jr., “Sonny”, joins his father and together build the shop at its current location. Carl A. Nix Welding Service, Inc. was formed.
Carl Sr. turns the shop over to Sonny due to illness.
Bill joined the family business after studying Machine Technology at Vincennes University and working at the Babcock & Wilcox plant in
Mount Vernon, Indiana.
Matthew Nix joins the family business after graduating from
Matthew joins his father, Bill, in ownership of Carl A. Nix Welding Service, Inc.
Carl A. Nix Welding Service, Inc. expanded from a 4,800 square foot facility to over 24,000 square feet.
Carl A. Nix Welding Service, Inc. hires the first non-family employee.
Adam Nix joins the family business after graduation from the University of Southern Indiana.
Nix Powder Coating and Painting, LLC. is formed.
Adam joins his father, Bill, and brother, Matthew, in ownership of Carl A. Nix Welding Service, Inc.
Tri-County Equipment was acquired and Nix Equipment was formed.
Superior Fabrication is acquired and joins the Nix family of companies.
Taking steps towards the Nix Companies VISION to create one of the best employment opportunities in the world in our industry.
Nix acquires interest in Valor Holdings.
Heritage is acquired and joins the Nix family of companies.