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A Tribute to Herbert E. Cable

Feb. 03, 2017

Herbert E. Cable passed away peacefully in his sleep November 26, 2016. Born in 1931 in Cleveland, OH, Herb was the son of Ed and Kathryn Cable. Throughout his high school years, Herb worked on ore boats in the Great Lakes and in rail yards around Pittsburgh. He attended college at Washington & Jefferson College where he was a member of the Pershing Rifles and ROTC. Immediately following college, Herb was an active duty Captain in the U. S. Army, stationed at Fort Eustis in Virginia.

Herb joined BUG-O Systems in 1957 as a sales representative. He spent the next 58 years expanding the business and developing international markets. He was promoted to President of BUG-O Systems in 1976, and later to C.E.O. of Weld Tooling Corp in 1989. In 1984, Herb established the first pavilion for American exhibitors in the Schweissen & Schneiden Show in Essen, Germany. He was active in the American Welding Society (AWS). He was awarded honorary membership in AWS in 1994.


He served on the AWS Board of Directors and was a member of the 2002 Class of Counselors for outstanding contributions to the welding industry. In 2004, he was honored with the George E. Willis Award by AWS for promotion of the advancement of welding internationally. In addition to his work with Bug-O, Herb became an agent for C&E FEIN in 1978 and, in 1981, he established a subsidiary company for FEIN in the U.S. market. 


Herb’s talents were not limited to business. He was a masterful craftsman and built many things from cabinetry and furniture to playhouses, and even paneled shutters.  Another of his hobbies was collecting clocks from around the world.  Herb served on the board of directors for St. Clair Memorial Hospital in Pittsburgh and was involved in charity in Pittsburgh throughout his life.  He established the Cable Family Charitable Foundation to help facilitate charitable work in Pittsburgh and he was a patron of the Arts and the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust.

Over his many years in the industry Herb established relationships and friendships around the globe. He was a very good communicator with a great sense of humor and delivery. He always treated everyone he met with a great deal of respect and earned many people’s respect in return. He was a loving father, grandfather, and husband who always put others first in everything he did. He will be greatly missed.