--_556e7513-245d-4f37-88f4-16d646c1b3a0_
Content-Type: text/plain; charset="iso-8859-1"
Content-Transfer-Encoding: quoted-printable


Try gsub for multiple characters - Try code below: 
 
descrip = "1/4    WELDING                  LEVER FRONT DRW 14844-C MAT WMA1CM-WLFRONT"
puts descrip.gsub!(/\s+/,' ') 		 	   		  -_556e7513-245d-4f37-88f4-16d646c1b3a0_--