Image Industries does more than make nuts and bolts and they serve a market that covers all 50 states and has both industrial and commercial customers.
“We basically cold-form weld studs,” said Image Industries co-owner Blake Hobson. “We are a fastener manufacturer and we also build and sell welding equipment.”
In layman terms that means they manufacture brackets, bolts and fasteners in a variety of styles and forms for industrial and commercial applications. They also sell high-tech welding equipment to attach their product to metal surfaces.
Image Industries was founded in 1976 by Stephan Hobson, the father of Blake and sister Stacia Hobson who now own the company.
Image was the first U.S. manufacturer to introduce digital stud welding equipment for quick, easy stud welding. They offers arc and capacitive discharge “weld guns” along with fasteners in a variety of shapes, sizes and gauges, including specialty fasteners.
They also have cold forming capabilities, which provide instant, repeatable forming of metal into predetermined shapes. Image’s engineering and manufacturing also prides itself on developing solutions to meet just about any fastening need.
Their mission statement says they do more than sell parts, they sell expertise.
Hobson said Image will pay employees between $13 and $23 an hour, depending on skill level. He said Image is partnering with Coahoma Community College to teach those specific skills to its future employees.
“We have already gotten a few people on the ground and will bring about 10 of our people to Clarksdale,” said Hobson. “We plan to hold a job fair July 23 and will round out or workforce at that time.”
When asked what Image needed from the community, Hobson’s reply was simple.
“We want people to come check us out and put in an application at the job fair,” said Hobson. “We’re looking for people to be part of our family.”