October 8, 2015 | By Amanda Carlson
The fleur de lis is a well-known symbol with deeps roots in Louisiana culture. However, the massive 14-ft., three-sided stainless steel version of the fleur de lis that sits atop a water fountain at the UL Lafayette Quadrangle is a larger-than-life representation of what can happen when you mix imagination with talent along with some good old-fashioned craftsmanship
August 4, 2015 | By Amanda Carlson
While the much-publicized drought in California has wreaked havoc on the state overall, from the economy to simple daily living, one Santa Ana fabricator is versatile enough to avoid a drought in new and returning business.
July 29, 2015 | By Amanda Carlson
Glenn Kay II, the 2015 PWTeacher of the Year, is a self-described workaholic with a passion for welding that was first fueled by competition. Today the 37-year-old has instilled that same passion in his students.
July 16, 2015 | By Amanda Carlson
Tennessee metalworker makes a living combining old and new metalworking processes.
May 26, 2015 | By Amanda Carlson
San Francisco-based metal artist leans on creativity and production welding know-how to create sculptures that are simple in appearance but complicated in execution.
May 12, 2015 | By Amanda Carlson
A component (kit) car manufacturer in Wareham, Mass., made two big process changes that helped streamline its manufacturing operations.
April 24, 2015 | By Amanda Carlson
The need to attract young people and to change negative perceptions certainly isn’t new, but after spending three days at The FABRICATOR®’s Leadership Summit in Orlando in late February, business consultants, community and technical college leaders and educators, and business owners shed some light on a well-publicized subject.
April 1, 2015 | By Amanda Carlson
Salt Lake City metal artist Fred Conlon demonstrates a steady flow in creativity with his sculptures that make you laugh, make you think, and make your lawn look good.
March 26, 2015 | By Amanda Carlson
What does it take to make it in this ultracompetitive world where your work is heavily scrutinized, your time is not your own, and all the while you have a driver’s life in your hands? It requires incredible skill, yes, but there are other qualities you must possess and things you must accomplish. To be successful at one of racing’s top teams requires more than just welding ability. It requires an unparalleled dedication to the sport and to your craft. With that dedication, however, sometimes comes sacrifice.
January 15, 2015 | By Amanda Carlson
No-niche southwest Florida fabricator grows big in small time frame
December 12, 2014 | By Amanda Carlson
Ron Covell’s 50-year career manually building autobodies for street rods, dragsters, and motorcycles is impressive, to say the least. But he doesn’t plan on hoarding all of the expertise he’s garnered over the years. His latest passion, of the last 20 years anyway, has been sharing information in his traveling workshops to current or up-and-coming autobody enthusiasts. It’s what he hopes is his longest and most impactful legacy.
November 10, 2014 | By Amanda Carlson
A freak accident changed the life of a materials science professor at Texas Tech University. Not only does he appreciate the second chance at living, he also discovered a talent for giving discarded metal objects a second chance at living through metal sculpture.
October 22, 2014 | By Amanda Carlson
Aquasol’s Fiback line of fiberglass backing tape, now available in high- and low-amperage options, gives welders a simple, safe, and reliable way to protect the back side of their weldments, even those that have a complex shape.
July 28, 2014 | By Amanda Carlson
A maritime welding program, jointly created by Vigor Industrial and South Seattle College, is part of a greater initiative in Washington state-to return idled workers to gainful employment. The class doesn’t just help the underemployed, it also helps feed the resurging shipbuilding industry in the greater Seattle area.
July 9, 2014 | By Amanda Carlson
A hard-nosed welding instructor at a medium-security prison in rural North Carolina gives his students discipline, confidence, a foot in the door to a trade, and the possibility for a new life upon release.