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Superior Welding Shop Celebrates 100 Years

Superior Welding Shop Celebrates 100 Years

The original Superior Welding Shop in Hutchinson, Kansas is celebrating its 100-year anniversary this year and is still going strong. The company was started in 1917 by Hugh Glass who offered welding services and machine work. However, after 5 years, Glass also began teaching welding and producing his own boilers.


By 1945, Glass brought his sons into the business, changing the company to Superior Boiler. The company employed ten workers and became a mainstay of the local economy. With the growing demands for welders, it seems that some things haven’t really changed in 100 years.

Welding Industry

The Global Ultrasonic Metal Welding Equipment Market to Grow
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Welding Jobs

Welding Rodeo Highlights Welding Job Possibilities
“The 8th annual Florence-Darlington Technical College Welding Rodeo will coincide with the Francis Marion University’s Arts International Festival on Saturday. Ten welding teams will have eight hours to take a heap of scrap metal and turn it into a work of art, under the theme “automation.”

Jill Lewis, Florence-Darlington Tech’s vice president of institutional advancement and executive director of the Educational Foundation, said the competition began years ago to raise awareness regarding the career options within welding. ‘It’s really to showcase the school, what we do and all the different lines of jobs you can get in welding,” she said. “It’s a very exciting career and a high-level skill. Anybody can weld … but welding and welding well are two totally different things.’”

New Welding Shop Opens in Columbus, NE
“Nichols opened CN Welding Works, located 1 mile east of Lake Stop along Monastery Road and 1 mile south, on Oct. 1. The business offers a full range of welding and custom fabrication services to customers, including mobile repair services for individuals and businesses. Nichols works with a lot of repeat customers, especially transportation companies such as Freightliner and Performance trucking, with aluminum trailer repairs.”

Welding Education

Texas School’s Wedling Program Expands with Grant
“Pharr-San Juan-Alamo school district officials are planning to expand a program bringing students from all across the district to receive welding certifications through a new $332,567 grant.

The grant is part of the Texas Education Agency’s Industry Cluster Innovative Academies Grant which awards public schools offering career pathways in high demand fields. This is the first year that TEA offers the award and PSJA ISD was among the recipients.”

Skills Competition Prepares Welders for Job Market
“Western Nevada College hosted nearly two dozen welding students Thursday for the SkillsUSA state finals competition. Twenty seven high school and post secondary students from all over the state competed in the welding finals in Carson City. The students were tested on a number of categories including oxy-acetylene cutting, gas metal arc welding, shielded metal arc welding and gas arc welding. They also had to complete an interview and written test.”

High School Students Earn Welding Certification
“Twelve regional high school students have earned their first professional welding certifications through Ivy Tech Community College’s partnerships with Madison Consolidated and Switzerland County school corporations.

The students are certified by the American Welding Society (AWS) in Shielded Metal Arc Welding, commonly referred to as “stick” welding. The AWS is the largest organization in America that certifies welders.”

Welding Events

May 2, 2017 – May 4, 2017
“Join tens of thousands of industry professionals May 2-4, 2017 at FABTECH Mexico! The event takes place at the Cintermex in Monterrey, continuing to co-locate with the established AWS Weldmex and Metalform Mexico.  New for 2017 – FABTECH Mexico recently acquired COATech and will now feature Finishing among the shows technology lineup.”

2nd Codes and Standards Conference
Apr 19, 2017 – Apr 20, 2017
“Each industry possesses individual operating conditions that may be unique or similar to other industries.  Whether high, room or cryogenic temperatures, corrosive environments, high strength or conditions requiring material toughness are involved, appropriate codes and standards are applied.”

Welding Gone Wrong

Welder Severely Injured in Explosion
“An employee working with welding equipment on top of a tank at Aqua Treat Inc., on Moccasin Bend was injured “seriously and traumatically” in an explosion around 10 a.m. today, a Chattanooga police spokeswoman said. Officials identified the injured man as Gary Patton, 41. He was welding a wastewater solvent holding tank when an explosion threw him about 50 feet from the tank.”



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