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Kimberly-Clark to help fund training for USA World Skills competitor in welding
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The Kimberly-Clark Corporation, known as a world leader in providing essentials for a better life for consumers, has donated $10,000 to support the American Welding Society USA Training for International Welders Competition. Following each biennial national welding skills competition, an individual is selected to represent the United States in the international competition. The international event was recently held, and USA welder Alex Pazkowski, a student at Washtenaw Community College in Ann Arbor, Mich., won the silver medal. Thirty-six individuals representing various countries competed in the event.
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16th Annual Aluminum Conference
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A distinguished panel of aluminum industry experts will survey the state of the art in aluminum welding technology and practice. The 16th Aluminum Welding Conference from Sept. 4-5 in Chicago will also provide several opportunities for you to network informally with speakers and other participants, and to visit an exhibition showcasing products and services available to the aluminum welding industry.
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IMF: Manufacturing could lift long-term US growth
The Wall Street Journal
A resurgent manufacturing sector is poised to lift long-term U.S. growth if exporters can capture a bigger share of fast-growing Asian markets, the International Monetary Fund said July 26. "The contribution of manufacturing exports to growth could exceed those of the recent past," the IMF said in a new report on the U.S. economy that identifies important structural changes that could boost growth over the long term. The IMF noted that U.S. production of durable goods like computers, motor vehicles and machinery returned to prerecession levels towards the end of 2011, before the overall economy did, and that the recovery of this sector has been more robust than in other advanced economies.
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Automated welding taking on added importance
The Lincoln Electric Company via Plant Engineering
The shortage of skilled workers is no surprise to anyone in the manufacturing sector. You may be just reading about it in the headlines or see discussions about it on the nightly news, but the industry lives it. Statistics from the Manufacturing Institute state nearly 600,000 manufacturing jobs are going unfilled in the United States simply because employers are unable to find candidates with the right skill sets for the open positions. The association also reveals that 75 percent of manufacturers attribute this skills gap as hampering business expansion efforts. Two of the biggest areas with jobs going unfilled are machining and welding.
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Solar Skies installs 1st full plate laser welder in US
Echo Press
For more than one year, Solar Skies Mfg. LLC in Alexandria, Minn., has been working on a new absorber plate to offer to the marketplace in addition to its copper fin-tube absorber plates. Solar Skies added laser welding capabilities by installing the first and only full plate laser welder in the U.S.
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Manufacturing US prosperity: A policy discussion
Brookings Institution
Manufacturing, its renewed vitality, and the appropriate role of public policy in supporting it have become major discussion points in Washington, D.C., and in regions throughout the United States. Discourse about a significant manufacturing "renaissance" in America has gained force, driven by an outpouring of technical innovations, continued productivity gains in U.S. factories, and the shrinking wage gap between China and the U.S. At the same time, skepticism persists.
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Tennessee again the best in auto manufacturing strength
The Associated Press via The News & Observer
Tennessee has once again been named as the strongest state for auto manufacturing in the union. Business Facilities, a publication specializing in economic development, recently released its annual ranking for auto manufacturing strength, with Tennessee as No. 1.
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Quantum of sonics: Bonded, not stirred
McGill University via ScienceDaily
Researchers at McGill University have discovered a new way to join materials together using ultrasound. Ultrasound — sound so high it cannot be heard — is normally used to smash particles apart in water. In a recent study, the team of researchers, led by McGill professor Jake Barralet, from the faculties of Dentistry and Medicine, found that if particles were coated with phosphate, they could instead bond together into strong agglomerates, about the size of grains of sand. Their results are published in the journal Advanced Materials.
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Minnesota high school could lose welding program
Lake County News-Chronicle
Last year, Minnesota's Two Harbors High School and Mesabi Range Community and Technical College began a one-year welding program for anyone wanting the opportunity to gain college credit and learn a marketable trade. Yet the program is facing potential cuts, officials say, due to lack of students. The program is relatively new — it was first offered in the fall semester of 2012. It is hosted at Two Harbors High School and funded by Mesabi Range.
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Forging a 2nd chance with welding
WQOW-TV
One of the most important issues any community has been how to keep someone who's been through the legal system from re-offending. The rate in Wisconsin is about 30 to 40 percent. It's a big concern, can be a financial drain and can also drain tax resources. For years, we've seen area programs created to address the concern. Now, there’s a success story in Eau Claire.
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Education program in Southern California expands as US welding labor dwindles
The Santa Clarita Valley Signal
Nationally, there is a shortage of welders, but trade education in the Santa Clarita Valley of California is working to fill the employment gap for regional manufacturers. "If we tapped into every training facility for welders in the country, we still wouldn't even come close to producing enough new welders to meet the current demand," said Tim Baber, chairman of the welding technology department at College of the Canyons. Used in construction, manufacturing, engineering and countless other fields, the welding industry generates tens of billions of dollars in revenue, according to industry experts. This shortage of qualified operators, technicians and engineers represents a significant problem for American industry.
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Nunez Community College in Chalmette, La., offers welding certification
The Times-Picayune
Damion Daigle looked past the heat, sparks, and soot of the welding certification test at Nunez Community College in Chalmette, La., into a future with employment opportunity and high wages. Trained welders may easily find employment, according to the U.S. Department of Labor and Louisiana Workforce Commission. The Commission lists "welders, cutters, solderers, and brazers" as among the fastest-growing jobs across the state. The total demand for welders with postsecondary vocational training is high, with median, hourly wages of $20.20 and a median annual income of $42,010, according to the Department of Labor's statistics.
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Demand for welding leads to new classes at South Carolina
technical college

WPDE-TV
The Grand Strand area around Myrtle Beach, S.C., has a great need for welders and as a result, Horry Georgetown Technical College is expanding its welding program. HGTC administrators say the demand for welders is the highest it's been in nearly a decade. HGTC Senior Vice President Marilyn Fore explained that the economic turnaround has a lot to do with the increased need, and she said they're seeing the need in a number of sectors.
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Students who aren't college-bound pose challenge
Daily Journal via San Francisco Chronicle
While attending college could help him in his career, Tyler Trout isn't convinced a degree is worth the investment in time and money. Trout, 18, started receiving welding certifications during two years at the Central Nine Career Center and graduated from Whiteland (Ind.) Community High School in May. Since graduating he's been working at Lanham and Sons Inc. in Whiteland as a welding apprentice, where he makes less than $20,000 per year.
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Hey manufacturers: What if manufacturing came back to America?
Forbes
Forbes contributor and manufacturing entrepreneur Mitch Free writes, "What would you do if all the manufacturing work lost to low-cost countries came back overnight? Would you approach those returning business relationships the same ways you did before the work was pulled? Would you ramp up technology and personnel to match conditions exactly as they were? And more importantly, would you engage and service any legacy customer identically as you did before? If not, what would — or could — you do differently?"
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Indiana No. 1 in manufacturing employment
WSBT-TV
A report from the National Association of Manufacturers says Indiana is employing more people in manufacturing than any other state. More than 16 percent of jobs in Indiana are manufacturing related, the highest share in the country, the report states. Indiana also ranks third in the country for manufacturing job growth. More than 53 million jobs were created in the manufacturing sector from December 2009 to March 2013.
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Milwaukee scrap thieves target welding business
WITI-TV
A Milwaukee business owner is fed up with a band of thieves who keep stealing his materials. He's been hit six times in the past year — four of them in the past two weeks. In fact, he was so frustrated with police and the city's response, he called WITI-TV for help. Police say they've been on top of the situation the whole time. It's a problem that has plagued Parker's Welding, a family-owned business near 64th and Mill Road on Milwaukee's northwest side.
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Iowa county's development commission offering welding training scholarships
Mitchell County Press
The Mitchell County (Iowa) Economic Development Commission is excited to announce a scholarship opportunity to support residents of Mitchell County in enhancing and expanding their workforce skills. With the growing demand for production welders in Mitchell County and the northern Iowa area, North Iowa Area Community College is offering a 40-hour production welding course this fall. This course will provide participants with the skills necessary for entry-level manufacturing welding with the Gas Metal Arc Welding process.
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Kimberly-Clark to help fund training for USA World Skills competitor in welding
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The Kimberly-Clark Corporation, known as a world leader in providing essentials for a better life for consumers, has donated $10,000 to support the American Welding Society USA Training for International Welders Competition.

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American Welding Online launches CWI exam preparation
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The American Welding Society's online welding learning center – American Welding Online has launched a new Certified Welding Inspector Pre-Seminar course which will allow participants to better prepare for taking the CWI examination.

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Barre Montpelier Times Argus
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FABTECH 2013 unveils all-new education program
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FABTECH, North America's largest metal forming, fabricating, welding and finishing event, recently announced an expanded education program that will be held alongside the 2013 show in Chicago on November 18-21. The lineup will feature more than 100 valuable educational sessions, including 64 new courses that have never been offered at previous FABTECH events. Each session will offer unique insights from top industry experts on today's hottest topics in manufacturing.
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Iran's influence on the oil market and the fate of the US oil industry
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