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About Arc-Zone.com® Inc.

The World's Most Advanced Welding Products, Services And Solutions

Company Info

Arc-Zone.com delivers high-performance welding and cutting products, services and solutions to professional and hobbyist metal fabricators worldwide. Our customers range from professional fabricators, welding and manufacturing engineers, welding supply companies, OEM's and systems integrators, to artists and hobbyists.

Our primary focus is finding the right solution for our customers. We do not have an exclusive partnership with any one manufacturer, so whether you need a high amperage MIG gun or a small water cooled micro TIG torch for restricted space applications, we pride ourselves on providing a quality products to meet your needs.

Need a custom product? No problem -- Arc-Zone has the technical expertise and industry contacts to get you what you need.

Our Carlsbad, California facility is conveniently located near the service centers of the world's leading shipping companies. As a result, both international and domestic customers benefit from exceptional turnaround times on all orders.

We’re also conveniently located near some of San Diego County’s best known surf spots. Check the surf reports at Tamarack, San Onofre, Swamis.

San Diego’s world class golf courses are nearby, including Torrey Pines and La Costa and Arc-Zone’s neighbors include some of southern California’s most prominent fitness, sports, sportswear and leisure companies: Spy Optics, TaylorMade Golf, Callaway Golf, Rip Curl, Macbeth, Atticus, Aquasphere, DC Clothing, K2, Jazzercise and La Costa Resort and Spa.

Jim Watson

In June 1998, with a computer, an internet connection, and a considerable portion of his garage, Jim Watson founded the first ecommerce company to sell high-performance welding and cutting accessories online: Arc-Zone.com®.

The goal was clear: make high-performance welding accessory products, services and solutions available to metal fabricators worldwide while providing excellent customer service.

Jim's commitment to excellence, competitive spirit and expertise in metal fabrication began with his interest in Motorsports – an interest sparked by building and racing motorcycles with his dad when he was 12 years old. He enjoyed competition, but most of all, Jim enjoyed the opportunity to continually modify his motorcycle to improve its performance.

By the time he was in his 20s, Jim progressed from motorcycles to cars and joined a local race team as a Chief Mechanic. Intrigued by the process of fabricating race cars, he signed up for welding classes at Pasadena City College and engineering at Valley Technical College in Van Nuys, California. "I wanted to make sure I knew what I was doing, so I could build innovative, fast and safe race cars" Jim says.

Around the same time, Jim began working at Weldcraft®, which at the time was a small manufacturer of welding accessories located in Burbank, California. With a season of racing and some welding experience under his belt, Jim and his dad decided to build their own car.

Jim has his father to thank for years of racing experience and for the core values that lead to Arc-Zone’s current success. Jim says that his father always urged him to look at things differently – to be a creative thinker and to never stop improving on what you have, a philosophy that Jim still applies today to grow his company.

By 2001, three short years after its launch, Jim took Arc-Zone out of his garage and into an office with its own warehouse space. That same year, the American Welding Society's, Welding Journal magazine featured Arc-Zone.com as one of the welding industry’s pioneers in ecommerce.

In early 2006, Jim continued to innovate by launching CarmenElectrode.com and JoeWelder.com, two industry-leading blogs dedicated to all things welding and the metal fabrication industry.

In 2009 with an emphasis on showcasing not just the high performance products, but celebrating the talented fabricators who use them, Arc-Zone garnered an Image of Welding Award from the American Welding Society.

In 2010, Arc-Zone moved into a new corporate office located in the beautiful seaside community of Carlsbad, Calif. to accommodate the needs of its rapidly growing customer base, inventory and staff. The new office's provided room to grow, a bigger warehouse and a call center.

In 2012, Arc-Zone expanded again taking over the building next door and began preparing the facility to launch an innovative retail store, featuring the Ultimate Weld Shop™.

By constantly pushing the envelope, Jim has grown Arc-Zone year after year since the 1998 launch. He has created a worldwide following of loyal customers through continuous innovation, a focus on customer service, and by building an exceptional team.

Get to know Jim at his blog, Joe Welder.

Privacy Policy

At Arc-Zone.com we know you care about how your personal information is used and shared. This notice describes our privacy policy. By visiting Arc-Zone.com, you are accepting the practices described in this Privacy Notice.

What Personal Information About Customers Does Arc-Zone.com Gather?

We receive and store any information you enter on our Web site or give us in any other way. We use the information that you provide in order to respond to your questions, process your order, receive payments and communicate with you regarding new welding solutions we think may be of interest to you. If at anytime you do not wish to receive communications from us, let us know, and we will remove you from our mailing list.

Does Arc-Zone.com Share Information It Receives?

Keeping information about our customers is an important part of our business, allowing us to provide excellent customer service. We are not in the business of selling information. We do share customer information in order to conduct business transactions with our customers.

Examples include fulfilling orders, delivering packages, sending postal mail and e-mail, analyzing data, processing credit card payments, and providing customer service. Companies we employ have access to only the personal information needed to perform their service. We do not authorize use of your information for any other purposes.

Arc-Zone.com does not sell your information to anyone.

How Secure Is Information About Me?

We protect the security of your information during transmission by using Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) software, which encrypts information you input and information that we send to the credit card processing company when we complete your order. Additionally, we have have employed a computer security company to audit our systems to ensure that we are storing your information securely.

Join Arc-Zone Team

As a growing company, we are always on the lookout for enthusiastic, computer savvy, customer service focused people to join our team. To find out about current job openings, contact us at: Jobs@Arc-Zone.com