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Central Maintenance and Welding, Inc. was founded in 1966 in Lithia, Florida by Hank Varnum and two other partners. Since then, CMW has been owned and operated primarily by the Varnum family. As a family owned business, the Varnums have worked to maintain a familial atmosphere throughout the entire organization. CMW is a business with traditional family values, and our employees are respected members of the family.

Originally established to work with a single customer in the phosphate industry, CMW has grown over the years to expand beyond this industry into many other markets. This growth has allowed us to provide numerous services for our clients, including:

By offering all of these services, our clients have been able to rely on us for their multiple needs. Our partial customer list includes:

  • Mosaic Co.
  • CF Industries, Inc.
  • Potash Corp.
  • Mississippi Phosphates
  • Fleck Chemical Industries, Inc.
  • MECS (now owned by DuPont)
  • Chemetics (now owned by Jacobs)
  • Tampa Electric (TECO)
  • Lakeland Electric
  • Progress Energy
  • Seminole Electric
  • Calpine Osprey
  • Caithness Energy
  • Invenergy
  • Sugar Cane Growers Cooperative of Florida
  • Tampa Bay Fisheries, Inc.
  • Georgia-Pacific
  • Ajax Paving

As we continue to grow, we are entering into new markets, including pulp/paper and food/beverage. We are extremely excited about the new opportunities these customers provide us, and look forward to the new long-term partnerships that are being formed.

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"Our Dad made certain we never lost sight of our core values including being people of our word and treating our folks like family."

Scott Varnum Secretary & Treasurer