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Beer, BBQ, and Welding

Beer, BBQ, and Welding

Welding team and married couple Kelly DeWitt Norman and Travis Norman own a large property in the Texas hill country where they host intensive welding camps for beginners. The two have a number of businesses that include: custom floral design, fabrication, and furniture business.

Their welding classes, hosted at a workshop where they cap the class size in order to ensure everyone gets enough hands on time to weld, pairs students together so that they can learn together, while Kelly and Travis offer instruction and encouragement. By the end of the day, students create a custom bench. Classes conclude with beer and a BBQ.

Welding Industry

Automotive Spot Welding Market Sees Growth
“The automotive manufacturing has portrayed significant growth in the past few years and is estimated to continue at the same rate in the coming years. With the consistent rise in the overall manufacturing industry, adjacent markets such as equipment and machine tools are also showing promising growth globally. Spot welding equipment plays a major role in the overall automotive manufacturing sector by providing services in diversified application.”

Welding Company Moves and Expands to Atlanta
“AZZ Inc. (NYSE: AZZ), a global provider of galvanizing services, welding solutions, specialty electrical equipment and highly engineered services to the power generation, transmission, distribution and industrial markets, today announced a new 180,000-square-foot facility, located in the city of Suwanee, Georgia, – in the Atlanta metro area – to house its Industrial division, which includes specialty welding, fabrication and field services groups.  AZZ intends to relocate its existing operations in Norcross, Georgia to the new location.”

Welding Company Announces New Acquisition
“Tech Air, a Connecticut-based distributor of industrial, medical, and specialty gases and related equipment and supplies, announced today that it has completed the acquisition of Angelus Welding, Inc. (“Angelus” or the “Company”), a distributor of welding & industrial supplies and industrial gases located in Los Angeles, California. Tech Air is owned by CI Capital Partners and Tech Air management.”

Welding Jobs

Welding Program Offers Opportunities for Second Chance Youth

“Some Coastal Bend kids got a tour of a local welding facility to see if that could possibly be a future career option. The kids are a part of the Second Chances program. They visited D.P. Welding Tuesday and got some hands-on experience with many of the much-needed tools a welder uses.”

Welding Education

New Welding Program Offered
“Chris Posey grew up welding in his father’s shop in Nectar and never lost the love for the profession. Posey is now sharing his welding expertise and passion to Wallace State-Oneonta students as the campus’ welding instructor.

‘I love doing this. I love it because the program is new and it’s a new opportunity for me. I’m interested to see how this program grows and to grow along with it,’ said Posey, 39, a Wallace State welding graduate.”

Pennsylvania College’s Welding Program Grows
“The Pennsylvania College of Technology board of trustees voted in unanimous approval to accept a $2 million grant from the Economic Development Administration of the U.S. Department of Commerce during its board meeting on Thursday.

Provided that the grant is awarded to the college and all of its conditions are met, the EDA grant would require a cash match of $3 million from the college to expand its welding facility by 22,000 square feet, according to the press release from the college. The board also voted in unanimous approval of matching the $3 million, provided that the federal grant is awarded to the college.”

Welding Events

Nov 6, 2017 – Nov 9, 2017

North America’s largest metal forming,  fabricating, welding and finishing event heads to McCormick Place in Chicago, IL – November 6-9, 2017. The upcoming event is expected to cover more than 725,000 net square feet and anticipates over 40,000 attendees and 1,700 exhibiting companies.

Welding Gone Wrong

Welding Sparks Lead to Fire
“Firefighters extinguished a blaze at an Edith Avenue home workshop Sunday morning that caused about $50,000 worth of damage, officials said.

The owner of the workshop was welding on a vehicle when sparks flew started the fire, according to Walla Walla Fire Department Capt. John Knowles.”



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