OUR HISTORY

Over a Century of History, Dedication, & Service

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.

September 24, 1859
September 24, 1859

CHARLES HENRY NIX IS BORN

Charles Henry Nix is born in Romsthal, Germany. He is the 12th of 14 children to parents, Christian and Magdalena.

1872 – IMMIGRATION
1872 – IMMIGRATION

Charles Immigrates to the U.S.

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.

1879 – RELOCATION TO ILLINOIS
1879 – RELOCATION TO ILLINOIS

Charles Nix Moves to Illinois

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.

November 21, 1881
November 21, 1881

Charles Marries Mary

Charles marries Mary Barbara Weber at Holy Cross Church in Wendelin, IL.

1887 – FIRST BLACKSMITH SHOP
1887 – FIRST BLACKSMITH SHOP

The First Blacksmith Shop Opens

"The wagon making, repair and general blacksmith occupied by Mr. Nix is one of the best equipped of its kind in the county."

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1900 -THE MOVE TO POSEYVILLE
1900 -THE MOVE TO POSEYVILLE

The Move to Poseyville

Charles and Babara move from Ingraham, IL to Poseyville, IN. This was a 70-mile journey by horse-drawn wagon.

1902 – SECOND BLACKSMITH SHOP
1902 – SECOND BLACKSMITH SHOP

Second Blacksmith Shop Opens

Charles purchases one of four existing blacksmith shops in Poseyville, IN. The building was a small one story wooden structure.

MAY 28, 1905
MAY 28, 1905

Carl A. Nix is Born

Carl A. Nix is born in Poseyville, Indiana.

1906 – BUSINESS EXPANSION
1906 – BUSINESS EXPANSION

Charles Nix Expands the Business

Charles constructs a larger structure to house and sell modern farm implements (International Harvester). The original building is converted to house and repair carriages.

1910 – THE SECOND GENERATION
1910 – THE SECOND GENERATION

Charles Nix Steps Down

Charles’ two sons, George and Joe, take over running the shop.

1913 – ELECTION DAY
1913 – ELECTION DAY

Election Day

Charles is elected to the Indiana General Assembly.

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1924 – CARL TAKES OVER
1924 – CARL TAKES OVER

Carl Takes Over

Carl A. Nix takes over the shop as two older brothers step down.

1942 – INVESTING IN THE FUTURE
1942 – INVESTING IN THE FUTURE

Investing in the Future

Carl purchases the company's first welding machine, preparing for the future.

1957 – FATHER AND SON
1957 – FATHER AND SON

Carl A. Nix Welding Service, Inc.

Carl Jr., “Sonny”, joins his father and together build the shop at its current location. Carl A. Nix Welding Service, Inc. was formed.

1971 - THE THIRD GENERATION
1971 - THE THIRD GENERATION

Carl Jr. Takes Over

Carl Sr. turns the shop over to Sonny due to illness.

1975 – THE FOURTH GENERATION
1975 – THE FOURTH GENERATION

The Fourth Generation

Bill joined the family business after studying Machine Technology at Vincennes University and working at the Babcock & Wilcox plant in
Mount Vernon, Indiana.

1977 – Blacksmithing - A Lost Art
1977 – Blacksmithing - A Lost Art

Blacksmithing - A Lost Art

Carl A. Nix Welding Service, Inc. moves from the lost art of blacksmithing to working primarily with acetylene and arc welding.

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1994 - BILL TAKES OVER
1994 - BILL TAKES OVER

Bill Takes Over

2004 – THE FIFTH GENERATION
2004 – THE FIFTH GENERATION

Matthew Nix Joins the Company

Matthew Nix joins the family business after graduating from
Vincennes University.

JULY 2006 – A PARTNERSHIP
JULY 2006 – A PARTNERSHIP

Father and Son Partnership

Matthew joins his father, Bill, in ownership of Carl A. Nix Welding Service, Inc.

2008 – ANOTHER EXPANSION
2008 – ANOTHER EXPANSION

Facility Expansion

Carl A. Nix Welding Service, Inc. expanded from a 4,800 square foot facility to over 24,000 square feet.

2010 - First Steel Yacht Launched
2010 - First Steel Yacht Launched

First Steel Yacht Launched

Carl A. Nix Welding, Inc. launches first steel yacht, Passage.

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2010 – EXTENDING THE FAMILY
2010 – EXTENDING THE FAMILY

Extended Family

Carl A. Nix Welding Service, Inc. hires the first non-family employee.

May 2011 – The Fifth Generation
May 2011 – The Fifth Generation

The Fifth Generation

Adam Nix joins the family business after graduation from the University of Southern Indiana.

January 2013 – Nix Coatings
January 2013 – Nix Coatings

Nix Coatings

Nix Powder Coating and Painting, LLC. is formed.

JULY 2013 – ANOTHER PARTNER
JULY 2013 – ANOTHER PARTNER

A Partnership Expanded

Adam joins his father, Bill, and brother, Matthew, in ownership of Carl A. Nix Welding Service, Inc.

Sept 2013 – The Hoover Boys
Sept 2013 – The Hoover Boys

The Hoover Boys

Carl A. Nix Welding, Inc. launches their second steel yacht, The Hoover Boys.

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January 2015 – Nix Equipment
January 2015 – Nix Equipment

Nix Equipment

Tri-County Equipment was acquired and Nix Equipment was formed.

2016 – Nix Companies Awards
2016 – Nix Companies Awards

Nix Companies Awards

Nix Companies wins several awards, including: POSEY COUNTY BUSINESS OF THE YEAR2016 INDIANA COMPANIES TO WATCH, and a 2016 INC. 5000 AWARD.

January 2018
January 2018

Superior Fabrication

Superior Fabrication is acquired and joins the Nix family of companies.

May 2018
May 2018

Best Places to Work In INdiana

Taking steps towards the Nix Companies VISION to create one of the best employment opportunities in the world in our industry.

October 2018
October 2018

Valor Holdings

Nix acquires interest in Valor Holdings.

July 2019
July 2019

Heritage

Heritage is acquired and joins the Nix family of companies.