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Samantha Farr and Women Who Weld

Samantha Farr and Women Who Weld

Welding isn’t an easy trade to learn, but it’s not impossible, and most importantly there’s a growing demand for jobs. Samantha Farr founded the group Women Who Weld while attending the University of Michigan, which provides welding training to women who are living in shelters or are single mothers in the hope that it will either help them find a new job or break into a welding-related position. 

The 12-day class is taught by Farr and other instructors, teaching women the basics of welding so that they can decide on the next step in their careers. While most women will not leave the 12-day class with enough knowledge to get a job in welding, they will learn about the new opportunities available to them. As gender bias continues to be challenged in the trade fields, women are seizing the many new opportunities available to them.

Welding Industry

Low Interest Loan Helps Welding Company Expand

Big Ditch Brewing Co. and Elma manufacturer and retailer General Welding and Fabricating each are getting $500,000 low-interest loans through an affiliate of the Erie County Industrial Development Agency

The loan will allow General Welding to expand its production facility at 991 Maple Road and acquire new equipment for the larger factory. It also will allow General Welding to bring back some production that it currently outsources, Manhard said. Made in America also recently signed contracts to sell its goods on home shopping channel QVC and in Kinney Drug Stores.

Explosive Welding Process Moves into Factories

Explosive welding, for obvious reasons, is usually carried out in tunnels under mountains or in remote deserts. It is often employed to cover steel plate with a more expensive anti-corrosion layer of stainless steel or nickel alloy. This clad plate is typically used in chemical plants. Now the same idea, minus the explosives, is beginning to be used inside factories to make products ranging from white goods to aircraft and cars.

Welding Jobs

Mobile Welding Station Provides Job Training

Thanks to innovation of local educators, a 20-foot mobile welding trailer was parked earlier in April on the south end of the Memorial Stadium track in Gering.

After a few weeks of testing the equipment and safety inspections, about 30 students in Freshman Academy teacher Steve Land’s welding classes are now learning the techniques to lay single beads and later will weld Butt Joints and Lap Joints together.

Welding Education

Tennessee Welding Students Win Nationwide Contest

Members of the Tennessee College of Applied Technology (TCAT) Newbern’s welding program participated in a contest sponsored by the Victor Technologies company. The contest was for first/second-year welding students, and required them to write an essay describing how cutting and welding have shaped their character, while also empowering them as a technical professional.

Virginia Welding Students Create Golf Trophies

New state of the art equipment means new opportunities for students at Botetourt Technical Education Center. With the help of donations from the Botetourt Education Foundation, the center’s welding lab recently has a new larger space and brand new equipment Welding students used their plasma cutting table to create trophy plaques for the Botetourt Education Foundation’s 8th Annual Golf Tournament.

Welding Events

FABTECH Mexico, May 4, 2016 – May 6, 2016

FABTECH Mexico heads to Mexico City May 4-6, 2016 along with the established AWS Weldmex, METALFORM Mexico and COATech. The co-located event continues to be the leading metal manufacturing event in Mexico and will bring together more than 575 exhibitors, and cover 140,000 net square feet of show floor. Over 13,000 attendees from Mexico and South America will converge on the Centro Banamex to find network, learn and experience the latest innovation in the metal forming, fabricating, welding and finishing industries.

FABTECH, Nov 16, 2016 – Nov 18, 2016

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 to celebrate 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

Unknown Cause for Fire at Welding Business

Plant City Fire responded just after 3 a.m. to JJ’s Welding and Repair Shop at 4405 Business Lane, which is off Turkey Creek Road.  Firefighters were able to douse flames and quickly bring the fire under control. According to officials, the fire was mostly in the front of the 5,000-square-foot metal building, which houses the welding business and a warehouse.

Ed C.


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