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Young Welder Starts Own Business

Young Welder Starts Own Business

Business owner Rick Reuter became a certified welder at the age of 20. By the following year he had fabricated his own rental boiler that became a critical part of his new business: Power Mechanical Inc. Reuter has built the company from the ground up, providing steam and chilled water resources and becoming a fixture in the HVAC industry.

Reuter shared his story of building his own company with students at Paul D. Camp Community College where students were inspired to consider their own careers in welding. Power Mechanical Inc. now employs over 100 people and is a nationally recognized company.

Welding Industry

Pennsylvania Town Benefits from Company’s Expansion
“A wire manufacturer’s expansion is expected to create 18 new jobs and bring $2 million in new capital investment in Lancaster County. Central Wire is adding two welding wire manufacturing lines at the Lancaster site, which allow for stainless, nickel and copper alloy welding wire in multiple packaging configurations.

Lightweight Welding Arms Introduced for Manufacturing
“Chief has announced it now offers 19 different lightweight aluminum C-arms for its new MI200T squeeze-type resistance inverter spot welder. The arms let technicians customize their spot welders to easily reach any location on a collision-damaged vehicle.”

Miller Announces New MaxStar
“Miller Electric Mfg. Co., has announced the launch of the new Maxstar 161 welding power source. The machine provides lightweight portability, ease of setup and use, and improved performance for a variety of light industrial applications. With three different models available, the Maxstar 161 S/STL/STH delivers up to 160 amps of welding power for stick and TIG applications. At just 13 pounds, the compact, lightweight machine also provides the portability that is critical on the job site and in many shops.”

Welding Jobs

Welding Company Celebrates 60 Years
“On Thursday, local officials gathered at Industrial Welding & Fabricating Co. to celebrate the milestone and witness the designing and fabrication of structural building components. The business was established in 1956 by Frank Santucci and incorporated in 1980 by Fred Santucci. Gene and Susan Wilston purchased the company in 2008 with Chautauqua County Industrial Development Agency assistance through a $500,000 Al Tech loan.”

Welding Critical Part of High Schools Job Placement Plan
“Business leaders, representatives from Ridgewater College and Hutchinson School District educators met with staff of U.S. Sen. Al Franken this past Thursday, and laid out plans to build a connection between students and job openings in the area. Among those plans is the intent to create a business within Hutchinson High School called Tiger Manufacturing.”

Welding Education

High School Revitalizes Welding Shop
“The remodeling of the former industrial arts building and updating of the program’s equipment are being made possible through a large donation from the Chetopa Community Development Committee of $5,094.55 to the school’s agricultural program. The community development group, which was responsible for organizing the Chetopa Hornet Addition housing development, is disbanding and donated the existing funds in its accounts to close them out.”

West Texas Weld Off Good for Students and Employers
“West Texas Weld-Off, gave more than 200 welding students across the panhandle a chance to show off their skills and meet potential employers on Monday. ‘Students can network with other students from across the panhandle and they get to see where they stand with their welding skills,’ said instructor Ernest Cabezuela. ‘We receive a lot of industry help during the event and employers will come in and help these kids get hired onto their companies.’”

Northern Michigan Adds Welding Program
“North Central Michigan College and the Industrial Arts Institute, Inc. (IAI) are proud to announce a new associate degree program at the college in welding beginning in January 2017. The general education and a portion of the technical skills coursework is completed through North Central with the remaining technical skills coursework being completed through an agreement with IAI.”

Welding Events

FABTECH brings a wealth of innovation and technology solutions to Las Vegas, NV – November 16-18, 2016. More than 40,000 attendees and over 1,500 exhibiting companies are expected to gather once again celebrating metal manufacturing at its best. The event also provides learning opportunities beyond the show floor with over 100 educational sessions and expert-led presentations covering the latest trends and technology in the metal forming, fabricating, welding and finishing industries.

Welding Gone Wrong

Welding Fire Caused by Smolder Spark
“A three-alarm fire destroyed a sawmill in Providence Township in southern Lancaster County Wednesday night. No one was injured at the fire, said Trooper Jerry Harper, a state police fire marshal. Damage was estimated at $500,000. The owner of Beiler’s Sawmill vowed the sawmill that has operated at 921 Lancaster Pike since 2004 will rebound.”

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