SAUK RAPIDS - A longtime Sauk Rapids welding and manufacturing company is now under new ownership.

W.F. Scarince Incorporated has been bought out by a group of investors, including Bob Sexton.  Bob and his brother Fred are the former owners of Komo Machine, they sold that company back in 1999, but still own the building located in the Industrial Park just east of Highway 10.  They plan to move their new welding business into the building and change the name to WFSI Incorporated.

Sexton says it's a good time to get into the welding business.

Leon Gehrke is another one of the investors, and also the President.  He says the company specializes military components, as well parts for oil rigs.

Gehrke says he's excited to bring local jobs back into the Komo building.

Sexton says they're already working with the St. Cloud Technical and Community College to help train potential new employees.  W.F. Scarince has about 45 employees, the new ownership team plans to add about 20 new workers over the next two years. They're encouraging skilled welders to apply for a job right away.