Over a Century of History, Dedication, & Service

Nix Companies has a strong heritage that began in the late 1800’s when Charles Nix immigrated from Germany and eventually settled in Poseyville, Indiana. Charles operated a blacksmith shop shoeing horses and forming iron. At the conclusion of Charles’s career, his two eldest sons ran the business for several years before turning the business over to the youngest son Carl. He operated out of a small dirt floor building for several years before moving across town and building the first small block building at our current location of 129 W. Fletchall Ave. in Poseyville, Indiana.

Carl and his only son, Carl Jr (Sonny), constructed their new building by hand in 1957. This father and son team formed Carl A. Nix Welding Service, Inc. and in 1975 the fourth generation was added when Charles William (Bill) Nix, son of Carl Jr., joined the team. The three worked together until Carl Sr. passed away in 1982. In recent years the fifth generation was added when Matthew and Adam Nix, sons of Charles (Bill) joined the family business.

In the past decade, our company has seen growth in various areas including new equipment, larger buildings & infrastructure, and a growing staff. These changes come about to both adapt with the times, and meet the ever growing demand for our services. As we continue to adapt and grow there is still much emphasis on ‘remaining the same’. We will always strive to meet the same level of quality and customer service set forth by the generations before us.

Nix Companies History Timeline

Charles Henry Nix is Born

Charles Henry Nix is born in Romsthal, Germany. He is the 12th of 14 children to parents, Christian and Magdalena.

September 24, 1859

1872 – Immigration

Charles Immigrates to the U.S.

Charles immigrates with two of his sisters, Juliann and Susan, and brother, Colestine. It is said they immigrated to escape the control of Kaiser's Army.

During this time, Charles learns to read and speak English by studying the signboards as he rides on horse cars to and from work.

Charles Nix Moves to Illinois

At the age of 19, Charles moves to Ingraham, IL to work for his older brother, Colestein, on his farm. Most of his brothers and sisters, as well as his parents, are living in Ingraham.

1879 – Relocation to Illinois

November 21, 1881

Charles marries Mary Barbara Weber at Holy Cross Church in Wendelin, IL.

The First Blacksmith Shop Opens

"The wagon making, repair and general blacksmith occupied by Mr. Nix is one of the best equipped of its kind in the county."

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1887 – First Blacksmith Shop

1900 – The Move to Poseyville

Charles and Babara move from Ingraham, IL to Poseyville, IN. This was a 70 mile journey by horse wagon.

Second Blacksmith Shop Opens

Charles purchases one of four existing blacksmith shops in Poseyville, IN. The building was a small one story wooden structure.

1902 – Second Blacksmith Shop

May 28, 1905

Carl A. Nix is Born

Carl A. Nix is born in Poseyville, Indiana.

Charles Nix Expands the Business

Charles constructs a larger structure to house and sell modern farm implements (International Harvester). The original building is converted to house and repair carriages.

1906 – Business Expansion

1910 – The Second Generation

Charles Nix Steps Down

Charles’ two sons, George and Joe, take over running the shop.

1913 – Election Day

Charles is elected to the Indiana General Assembly.

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1924 – Carl Takes Over

Carl Takes Over

Carl A. Nix takes over the shop as two older brothers step down.

Investing in the Future

Carl purchases the company's first welding machine, preparing for the future.

1942 – Investing in the Future

1957 – Father and Son

Carl A. Nix Welding Service, Inc.

Carl Jr., “Sonny”, joins his father and together build the shop at its current location. Carl A. Nix Welding Service, Inc. was formed.

Carl Jr. Takes Over

Carl Sr. turns the shop over to Sonny due to illness.

1971 - The Third Generation

1975 – The Fourth Generation

Bill joined the family business after studying Machine Technology at Vincennes University and working at the Babcock & Wilcox plant in
Mount Vernon, Indiana.

1977 – Blacksmithing - A Lost Art

Carl A. Nix Welding Service, Inc. moves from the lost art of blacksmithing to working primarily with acetylene and arc welding.

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1994 - Bill Takes Over

Bill Takes Over

Bill assumes all responsibilities of running the family business.

Matthew Nix Joins the Company

Matthew Nix joins the family business after graduating from
Vincennes University.

2004 – The Fifth Generation

July 2006 – A Partnership

Father and Son Partnership

Matthew joins his father Bill in ownership of Carl A. Nix Welding Service, Inc.

Facility Expansion

Carl A. Nix Welding Service, Inc. expanded from a 4,800 square foot facility to over 24,000 square feet.

2008 – Another Expansion

2010 - First Steel Yacht Launched

Carl A. Nix Welding, Inc. launches first steel yacht, Passage.

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2010 – Extending the Family

Extended Family

Carl A. Nix Welding Service, Inc. hires the first non-family employee.

May 2011 – The Fifth Generation

Adam Nix joins the family business after graduation from the University of Southern Indiana.

January 2013 – Nix Coatings

Nix Powder Coating and Painting, LLC. is formed.

A Partnership Expanded

Adam joins his father, Bill, and brother, Matthew, in ownership of Carl A. Nix Welding Service, Inc.

July 2013 – Another Partner

Sept 2013 – The Hoover Boys

Carl A. Nix Welding, Inc. launches their second steel yacht, The Hoover Boys.

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January 2015 – Nix Equipment

Tri-County Equipment was acquired and Nix Equipment was formed.

2016 – Nix Companies Awards

Nix Companies wins several awards, including: Posey County Business of the Year, 2016 Indiana Companies to Watch, and a 2016 Inc. 5000 award.