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Tappan Zee Bridge In New York Requires Specialty Welders and Technology


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New Tappan Zee Bridge in New York State Delayed: “The project to build the new Tappan Zee Bridge has run into some welding issues. The massive pilings being set into the Hudson River to support the new span need to be welded by special workers from various parts of the country.

Tappan Zee Constructors is bringing in specialized welders from Alabama and New Orleans to help install the enormous and critical permanent piles that will hold up the main span of the new Tappan Zee Bridge. This has caused a delay of as much as 30 days for that portion of the project.”

Welding Jobs

Texas Air Conditioning Business Given Up for Welding Shop: “Welding started off as a hobby for Montgomery resident Brian Wilke, a trade he picked up from his father-in-law. But in 2006, Wilke, with the help of his wife, Angee, transformed his family’s automotive air conditioning business into Wilke’s Badass Pits, building custom fire pits, smokers and grills.

‘I just find a passion in what I do now versus the air conditioning (business),’ he said. ‘It was fun for a while but you know you like to do things that are going to make you happy.’”

Ford Adds Welding Jobs to Factory in Buffalo After New York Power Proceeds Board Approves Funds: “Ford is to receive $1 million — just under half the total amount okayed by the board — for a modernization of the Buffalo Stamping Plant. The automaker has not yet released details on the project but the board said funding would be used for workforce training tied to new technologies including robots for material handling, welding and roll hemming, weld controllers with adaptive welding and other technologies. Officials said the technologies will require extensive training for the workforce, including 100 new jobs, which is what the recommended funding will go toward.”

Illinois Welder Is a Minority in Welding Field: Marla Kinkade grew up around her father’s welding shop, but never considered it a career option until later in life. “Welding is now a career she relishes, and one in which she has started her own business, “Metals by Marla,” working side by side with her father, Dave, who owns and operates Dave’s Welding Shop along East Delaware Street in the small Livingston County community.”

Welding Gone Wrong

Welder in England Sets His Car on Fire: “The owner had been welding the car and smoke was coming from it. Firefighters used a thermal imaging camera to find the fire before extinguishing it.”

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