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Still Building America—The proof is in the weld

June 23, 2016

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The measure of your success as a welder lies in the quality of your weld. For female welder Sam Riggin, the quality of her welds also has earned her respect in a male-dominated profession.

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Skills aren’t everything

June 22, 2016

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Have you ever known a highly intelligent, skilled individual who created nothing but ill will and disorder in the workplace? How did your employer handle this situation? “Welding Wire” readers recently weighed in on this topic after reading the blog post “Voting workers off the island.”

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Not your typical workspace

June 14, 2016

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Independent fabricators and artists need workspace. On his search for space in Detroit, Josh Welton came across an interesting alternative to the typical offerings modeled on a similar, successful venture in New York. He’s excited about the prospect of working in this environment.

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Fabricators weigh in on the new overtime rules

June 9, 2016

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“Fabricating Update” subscribers were asked to share their thoughts on the new overtime rules for exempt employees that will take effect Dec. 1. Employees who responded welcome the action. Employers are not so happy about it. And one respondent questions the government’s motive behind the new rules.

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A Memorial Day tribute to honor Darla Welton's dad and remember his friends killed in action

June 1, 2016

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The U.S recently celebrated Memorial Day, a day set aside to remember the people who died while serving in the country’s armed forces. To commemorate this occasion, Josh Welton has turned the podium over to his better half, Darla, who honors her dad and his fellow soldiers killed in action in this moving tribute.

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Manufacturers must deal with new OT rules

June 1, 2016

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U.S. manufacturers have to come to terms with the new overtime rules issued by the U.S. Department of Labor.

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Higher costs for some steel on the way?

May 31, 2016

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The U.S. International Trade Commission is expected to levy antidumping and countervailing duties on Chinese steel.

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Voting workers off the island

May 25, 2016

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Working in a job shop or any small, tightknit organization requires attributes beyond job skills. If you don’t measure up, you might find yourself voted off the island and out the door.

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Still Building America—Jump into your trade with both feet

May 23, 2016

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Interested in a career in welding and fabrication? Take advantage of opportunities to learn more, and you might find yourself on a fulfilling career path, just like Jonathan Lewis.

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Fabricators are in the information business

May 19, 2016

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Fabricators aren't selling just parts anymore. They're selling their ability to partner and communicate with customers.

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The ability to multitask—a gift and a curse

May 19, 2016

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Times have changed. We live in the information and stimulation age. Many things vie for our attention, and it can be difficult to focus on a single activity or life plan. Is that good or bad? Here’s Josh Welton’s take, based on his own experience.

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The morality of metal fabrication

May 16, 2016

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Metal fabricators are driven to compete, but they also want to do the right thing.

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Manufacturing wages and the front-line worker

May 12, 2016

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Manufacturers have serious turnover when it comes to front-line workers. And then there's the issue of pay.

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2016 FAB 40 preview: Preparing for a bigger market pie

May 11, 2016

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Revenue growth from 2014 to 2015 was essentially flat, depending on the fabricator's customer mix, but most are predicting busier times ahead.

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The Arsenal of Democracy—When Detroit bailed out the U.S. government

May 2, 2016

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Remember when the U.S. government bailed out Detroit? Many people were up in arms over the action. Perhaps knowing more about the automakers’ contributions to winning WWII might have softened some opinions. Here’s a short story about Chrysler's role.

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