Construction Today 2018 - Volume 16, Issue 3 - 46
Exclusive Features | J&K WELDING
A Family Legacy
THE WORK ETHIC OF J&K WELDING'S FOUNDER LIVES ON THROUGH HIS FAMILY AND STAFF. BY JIM HARRIS
* Headquarters: Rancho Cucamonga,
* Employees: 15
* Specia y: Pipeline Welding
"We have e capacity and
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- Serena Perazzo, manager
ohn Brugger did not believe in
sending texts or e-mails to the
contractors his company, J&K
Welding, worked with. "He would
personally visit the contractors and bring
them tomatoes and watermelons from a
local farmer who he fast became friends
with," says Serena Perazzo, his daughter.
"He really cared about everybody, and was
very much a workaholic. When he was on
vacation, he didn't enjoy it because he was
always thinking about work."
Brugger's work ethic and farming skills
were instilled in him from a young age, as
he lived and worked on his family's farm in
South Dakota. During a visit to California in
the late 1960s, he met his wife-to-be, Kathy,
before returning to the farm. After the couple
married, they would both live in South Dakota before settling in Southern California.
While working at the farm, Brugger
developed a talent for welding, which he
first pursued while working for Kaiser Steel
in California. He started his own pipeline
welding company, John's Portable Welding,
in the late 1970s. In 1982, Kathy Brugger
entered the business, prompting a name
change to J&K (John & Kathy's) Welding.
John Brugger's skill and dedication to
the business soon earned the company recognition throughout Southern California.
"[Brugger] wasn't one to put money into advertising," his daughter says. "He believed
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J&K Welding works on
residential, industrial, and
company's welders are
certified by AWS and ASME,
and can take on complex jobs.
that with strong work ethics, skilled welders
and competitive pricing, the company
would be successful through word-ofmouth, which is exactly what happened."
Though John Brugger passed away in
2016, his wife, daughter and son-in-law
continue to keep his legacy alive. For Serena
Perazzo, this includes maintaining the close
relationships he established by personally
visiting clients and contractors. "To me,
everything is about making this company
succeed in his memory," she says. "We are
keeping his legacy of having personal relationships with customers alive.
"We try to go above and beyond in any
way we can to help clients out, even if that
means working on weekends or getting
up in the middle of the night to do an
emergency job," Perazzo adds. "We will do
whatever it takes."
During John Brugger's time with J&K Welding, the company grew from a two-person