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Fronius USA, voestalpine Böhler Welding to host open house June 24

June 2, 2014

Fronius USA and voestalpine Böhler Welding will host an open house June 24 in Sparks, Nev. The company will offer live welding demonstrations and a product showcase highlighting its consumables and welding equipment. The event is free and space is limited. Two sessions are available. For...

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Hobart Institute of Welding Technology announces changes to executive board

May 21, 2014

The board of directors of Hobart Institute of Welding Technology, Troy, Ohio, has announced the retirement of longtime Chairman of the Board and President André Odermatt, a position he held for 11 years. Before working at HIWT, Odermatt was employed at Hobart Brothers Co., where he began in...

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ESAB sponsors annual Florence-Darlington Technical College welding competition

May 7, 2014

ESAB Welding & Cutting Products, Florence. S.C., sponsored the fifth annual Florence-Darlington Technical College’s Welding Sculpture Competition on April 12 at the Francis Marion University Arts International Festival. Teams of professional welders and welding students from across the Pee...

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Ohio Technical College, Lincoln Electric team up with Boy Scouts to promote Welding Badge

April 28, 2014

Ohio Technical College and Lincoln Electric have teamed with the Boy Scouts of America in northern Ohio to help Scouts earn the Welding Merit Badge. More than 150 Scouts had the opportunity to explore welding-related career paths, such as automotive, collision, restoration, diesel, and generator....

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ESAB announces completion of Colfax’s acquisition of Victor Technologies Holdings

April 15, 2014

ESAB, Florence, S.C., a member of the Colfax group of companies, has announced that Colfax Corp. has completed the previously announced acquisition of Victor Technologies Holdings Inc., a global manufacturer of cutting, gas control, and specialty welding systems. Colfax is a diversified global...

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Optrel opens first office in North America

April 10, 2014

Optrel AG, a provider of auto-darkening filter technology for welding helmets, has opened its first office and distribution center in North America. Operating as Optrel Inc., the East Greenwich, R.I., office manages all customer service, sales, marketing, and distribution for the company’s...

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IWDC celebrates 20th anniversary by supporting military foundation

April 7, 2014

In recognition of its March 1994 incorporation as a cooperative, Indianapolis-based IWDC is organizing a fundraising drive for The Wish For Our Heroes Foundation. The nonprofit foundation, located in Noblesville, Ind., grants wishes for active-duty military soldiers and their families. The...

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ESAB launches redesigned website

April 7, 2014

ESAB Welding & Cutting Products, Florence, S.C., has announced the launch of its newly redesigned website for North America at The new site has a cleaner, contemporary look and uncluttered layout. Drop-down navigation menus and better functionality throughout allow visitors to...

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High demand for welders sparks certification competition

March 17, 2014

More than 4,000 new welding certifications were administered in 2013, thanks to a competition sponsored by the labor-management unit of the International Association of Iron Workers, Washington, D.C. The 12-month, inaugural Welding Certification Contest drew thousands of participants from among...

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Lincoln Electric partners with WCTC to open welding training center

March 13, 2014

Cleveland-based Lincoln Electric has joined forces with Waukesha County Technical College (WCTC) to open a welding demonstration and training facility, the first of its kind in Wisconsin. Officially known as the Lincoln Electric Southeastern Wisconsin Training Center at Waukesha County...

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Fronius names area sales manager

March 11, 2014

Fronius USA LLC, Portage, Ind., a subsidiary of Fronius Intl. GmbH and manufacturer of welding equipment, has promoted Mark Carter to area sales manager for Minnesota and North Dakota. He joined the company in April 2012 as an application engineer. After serving in the U.S. Air Force as a...

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Rexarc marks 90th anniversary

March 3, 2014

This year Rexarc celebrates its 90th year in business. Incorporated as The Sight Feed Generator Co. in 1924, the company was the first to introduce a portable carbide-water acetylene gas generator that featured a glass hopper to monitor carbide usage. Today the fourth-generation family-owned...

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Airgas recognized as John Deere Partner-level Supplier for 2013

February 26, 2014

Airgas Inc., a Radnor, Pa., supplier of industrial, medical, and specialty gases, as well as welding equipment, has been recognized as a Partner-level Supplier for 2013 in the John Deere Achieving Excellence Program. The status is Deere & Co.'s highest supplier rating. Suppliers that participate...

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Bellingham Technical College's welding program earns new accreditation

February 25, 2014

Bellingham Technical College, Bellingham, Wash., has announced that its welding program has been newly accredited as a certified test facility by the American Welding Society. It is the second school in the state and the only college in northwest Washington to offer this type of accreditation....

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Super Steel to hold job fairs to hire 30 welders

February 18, 2014

Super Steel, a Milwaukee-based contract manufacturer serving the agricultural, construction, industrial, transportation, and defense markets, has announced plans to hold on-site job fairs to attract 30 new welders. On Saturday, Feb. 22, from 8:00 to 11:00 a.m. and Tuesday, Feb. 25, from 4:00 to...

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