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For the love of welding
KRBD-FM
There are more than 100 people employed at Ketchikan, Alaska’s Vigor Industrial Shipyard. Out of all of them, Catherine “Cat” Wong might have the most unusual story about how she got there. The 25-year-old is a pipe fitter and welder. She was born in the U.S., but grew up with her family in Singapore. When she was 21, Cat made an unusual choice, and ended up in Ketchikan.
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Heat Treatment Conference
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Aug. 12-13, 2014
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The thermal effects from welding and heat treatment influence the microstructure and mechanical properties of welds. Various materials, such as carbon steels and other alloy grades, are affected by heat treatment which changes the weld metallurgy and influences the final welded product. Better understanding of the impact of welding and heat treatment practices can allow for the weld quality and reliability to be optimized for the application.

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Welding Summit Workshop
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Oct. 8-9, 2014
Miami
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The Welding Summit Workshop's purpose is to provide an interactive open forum environment for professionals from various areas of the welding industry to discuss issues and propose solutions.

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Job training programs could alleviate skills gap
U.S. News & World Report
Unlike other teenagers' summer jobs, Brett Fledderman's begins at 6 a.m., has him programming metal stamping equipment and pays $9 an hour, well above his home state Indiana’s $7.25 minimum. The 17-year-old is part of a new job training program in Batesville in which local businesses, the community college and the high school collaborate to ready a new field of talent for jobs in manufacturing. Batesville's new program is aimed at helping alleviate a nationwide problem facing manufacturers: finding enough skilled workers to keep pace with industry growth, particularly as the current workforce ages.
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The search for stronger welds forges research efforts
RT&S
The life of rail steel has greatly improved over the years thanks to a committed research and development effort across the industry. A side effect of stronger steel is that the welds that use to last until the end of the rail's expected life, aren't always making it. Welding service providers, as well as researchers at Transportation Technology Center Inc., are working diligently to increase the reliability of welds and extend service life.
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Innovation hubs are accelerating American manufacturing
Techonomy
There's a renaissance underway in American manufacturing. Even as rising wages and energy costs in China are leading more U.S. companies to bring manufacturing stateside, economic indicators point towards real industrial progress. The Institute for Supply Management's monthly Report on Business shows that 15 of 18 manufacturing industries grew in June, and a composite index based on five industry indicators shows a steady expansion in manufacturing for the 13th consecutive month.
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Alabama community college puts mobile welding lab on display
Dothan Eagle
Alabama's Wallace Community College got a chance to show off its new mobile welding lab July 22, demonstrating how the tractor trailer equipped with several virtual welding simulators could benefit area businesses. Vincent Vincent, coordinator of noncredit training, said the labs will allow Wallace to better partner with local businesses.
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Wisconsin welding program to benefit from state grant
LaCrosse Tribune
Wisconsin's Western Technical College will receive $1,564,229 in workforce development funding to bolster its welding and medical assistant programs, according to a July 22 announcement from Wisconsin officials. Lt. Gov. Rebecca Kleefisch and the state's top jobs official toured Western's new South Side welding facility to mark the occasion, part of a two-week tour by Wisconsin lawmakers as they publicize more than $28 million in tech college grants.
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Something new for US manufacturing: Stability
The Wall Street Journal
Has the number of American factories finally stopped its long, painful decline? One economist thinks so. Daniel Meckstroth, chief economist at the Manufacturers Alliance for Productivity and Innovation, a research group in Arlington, Virginia, regularly does his own calculation of the number of plants based on data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics that tracks factory openings and closings. Even in the darkest days of manufacturing's long slide, there were factories being built — but their number was far outweighed by the rush to shutter operations. But Meckstroth says he thinks we're at an inflection point.
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Welding academy at Iowa school district becomes reality
Ottumwa Courier
Many high school seniors find themselves making the decision to pursue college coursework or enter the work force upon graduation. A new program at Cardinal High School in Eldon, Iowa, eliminates this decision by offering courses that will allow students to graduate high school with a postsecondary education. Cardinal Community School District Superintendent Joel Pederson explained that during the 2014-15 school year, CHS would begin to offer a few welding classes and by the fall of 2015; the school should be ready to start a mini welding academy in partnership with Indian Hills Community College.
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82-year-old welder Bob Jones retires from company in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, after nearly half-century
The Associated Press via The Republic
Bob Jones plied his welding skills with SHECO Tuscaloosa (Alabama) for almost half a century. But at age 82, he said he decided that it's time to retire, ending a 47 1/2-year career with the company. "I went to work for them on Jan. 16, 1967, and I really enjoyed it. They were good to me. I enjoyed welding. And I met a lot of good people there," he said.
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Lawmaker wants criminal probe into new Bay Bridge
KTVU-TV
A Bay Area lawmaker is calling for a criminal investigation into construction problems on the new eastern span of the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge. California state Sen. Mark DeSaulnier, D-Concord, said a Senate investigative report to be released in the coming days will show how the California Department of Transportation knowingly accepted substandard work on the $6.5 billion span, which opened last fall.
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For the love of welding
KRBD-FM
There are more than 100 people employed at Ketchikan, Alaska’s Vigor Industrial Shipyard. Out of all of them, Catherine "Cat" Wong might have the most unusual story about how she got there.

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5 manufacturing-supporting bills approved by Senate
Manufacturing.net
The Manufacturing Jobs for America campaign, helmed by Sen. Chris Coons, D-Del., has announced that the U.S. Senate has approved bipartisan legislation that will strengthen the nation’s manufacturing workforce training programs and help fill the skills gap that many manufacturers are coming up against.

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AWS President Dean Wilson discusses AWS Career Management Services in this new video
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To succeed in welding, we need good materials, the right equipment, and proven procedures. Most of all, we need skilled personnel. A major part of the American Welding Society's 2014 plan is to supercharge the welding workforce.

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Conroe Welding Supply joins Linde network
gasworld
Linde has signed a contract to supply liquid oxygen, nitrogen and argon to Conroe Welding Supply — an independent distributor located in Conroe, Texas. Conroe Welding Supply, for the past 35 years, has been serving the East Texas market with welding equipment and industrial and safety supplies, as well as industrial, beverage and medical gas products.
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Edgewater Automation builds robots, other devices
South Bend Tribune
While some people bemoan the loss of employment that went with old-fashioned, labor-intensive manufacturing, they might not consider that there are jobs in making the machines that automate those manufacturing processes. Edgewater Automation is one business that's growing by helping its customers find ways to make products more efficiently with new technology and robotics. The company designs and builds custom machines that are used to make everything from automobile parts to electronics to medical devices.
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