Founders Forum, With Karl Weber

PBC Industrial supply,
Founded on fRIENDSHIP AND FAITH

Back in 1978, Karl Weber and his partner John Mouton were trying to come up with a name for their new industrial supply company, and nothing sounded right. Karl’s wife Carolyn asked, “Well, who will your customers be?” “Plants, builders and contractors,” Karl said. “Then that should be your name,” Carolyn replied. “PBC.”

Simple as that.

Forty years later, PBC is a successful family company with 20 employees and satisfied customers throughout the city and in the chemical plants located up and down the Mississippi River. Mouton passed away in 2005, but the partners’ families have remained close and Mouton’s children operate a sister company called Drillco.

Probably the first key to PBC’s success is that the company was founded on friendship. The most important key, however, is God. Weber is a man of faith who credits God for his good fortune and says he has been blessed with great employees. “Without faith, I couldn’t operate this business,” he said. “Over the years, the Lord has led people to me, employees and customers, who had an impact on my life. He has also given me opportunities on a daily basis to help others and set a good example.”

Weber says his staff occasionally prays together, and he has been known to pass out inspirational books that encourage his staff to demonstrate their Christian faith through their actions. “It all comes down to this. You’ve got to treat others the way you want to be treated,” Weber said. “And even though none of us are perfect, we can try to choose a Christian path as often as possible. We just need to let the Lord guide us.”

Weber was an early advertiser and supporter of Christian Life Magazine, and says he’s grateful for the positive stories it publishes. “It’s a reminder that there are a lot of good people out there who want to share their faith, tell positive stories, and make the world a better place.”

PBC Industrial Pipe is a supplier of industrial, welding, safety, marine and janitorial equipment. The company is proud of its 24/7 customer service and 150-mile radius delivery service. The business is located at 12649 S. Choctaw Drive. For more information, call (225) 272-5680