About Us

The Gatewood Gin was built by local farmers and Gatewood Ginners on property donated by W.L. and Cordia Marr in 1924. It has gone through many changes and transitions through the years. Planters Gin bought the gin about 1950. Twenty three area farmers purchased the gin and renamed it Welch Farmers Gin, Inc. in 1974. Then in 1984, it was bought by six of the owners and called Welch Gin, Inc. Louie Drennan managed the gin from then into 1999. Joyce Drennan kept the books from 1984-2001. Manuel Sanchez, Jr. also started in 1984 and remains our ginner today. Velda started as office manager for the 2004 season and Glen as gin manager for the 2005 season. We became the sole owners in the spring of 2008.

About 1950 Planters Gin moved the gin about 300 feet east to its present location and remodeled it. In 1977 a new office was built. A new home for the gin manager was built in 1980, along with eight apartments for migrant housing. A new building was added to house a module feeder in 1996. We put in two new Lummus 158 gin stands in 2004 to replace five Hardwick-Etter gin stands installed when Planters Gin remodeled & updated the gin. In 2006 the overhead equipment was updated to match the capacity of the gin stands. A new walking floor for the module feeder was installed in 2010. The building has been expanded in recent years as progress continues and only a portion of the south end is remaining from the old gin. We've added a motor control center and totally rebuilt the press for the 2011 season.

We have farmed all our lives and understand the needs and goals of the producers. Each of our customers is appreciated - we don't take anyone's business for granted. Dedicated to serving the farmer to the best of our ability throughout the entire ginning process, we take care of each bale of cotton as if it was our own. Thankful for the people and our heritage in the Welch community, we are also privileged to support the area's activities and endeavors.

We humbly acknowledge that we came into this business knowing very little about it. Our employees, truckers, and service people are invaluable members of our team that honestly are responsible for making it all work. These, along with others in the ginning industry, have guided us with patience and expertise to compensate for our inexperience and lack of knowledge.

Welch Gin, Inc. is a member of Lamesa Cotton Growers, Inc., Plains Ginners' Association, Plains Cotton Growers, Inc., Texas Cotton Ginners' Association, Texas Independent Ginners' Association, and a supporter of the American Museum of Agriculture in Lubbock. Glen is also an alternate on the Cotton Incorporated Board of Directors. We feel that it is important to pay our dues and work with these organizations that work hard for you and I in the cotton industry.

'Whatever you do, do it enthusiastically,
as something done for the Lord and not for men.' Colossians 3:23