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Massachusetts manufacturing future bright, but state needs to address growing skills gap
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Manufacturing has a future in Massachusetts, but the state's leaders will have to step up their game if they want to ensure that future is a bright one. A new report recently released by The Boston Foundation and Northeastern University's Dukakis Center paints a picture of a vibrant, healthy manufacturing sector where employment has stabilized since the Great Recession. Roughly two-thirds of manufacturers say they expect to grow their workforce in the next five years and roughly half of those plan to grow employment by more than 10 percent. But many manufacturers also expect some challenges when it comes to recruiting the right people to fill those jobs. More

Air Products' Reiter elected to the board of GAWDA
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Air Products' Susan D. Reiter has been elected to the board of directors of the Gases and Welding Distributors Association, the 67-year-old trade organization representing the industrial gases and welding supply industry. The announcement was made at the GAWDA 68th Annual Convention in Colorado Springs, Colo. Reiter becomes the first woman to hold the seat of supplier vice president on the GAWDA board. More

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Union offers training for welders in Georgia
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When Justin Johnson learned about the demand for welders, he dropped out of school for an 18-week apprenticeship and training program with Plumbers & Steamfitters Local No. 150. He had had three classes to go to finish his associate's degree in nursing but drove 90 minutes each way from Garfield, Ga., to complete the welding program. He recently landed a job at Parsons Corp. in Aiken, S.C. Welders are in high demand, but there aren't enough trained workers to fill pipe welding positions locally or nationwide, said Jeff Rice, the training coordinator at Local No. 150 in Augusta, Ga. More

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Detroit Manufacturing Systems plans to hire 500
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Detroit Manufacturing Systems, a new manufacturing venture on the city's west side, is up and running and hiring. The automotive supplier already has hired 50 people since it opened in May and has a couple dozen job openings for salary and hourly positions. The company hopes to create 572 new jobs during the next five years. More

AWS occupies new global headquarters
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The American Welding Society's staff has relocated to its new five-story global headquarters in Doral, Fla., near Miami International Airport. The 122,482-square-foot building occupies a five-acre parcel and contains extensive space for conferences, meetings, seminars and other activities to serve a growing worldwide membership of about 70,000. The American Welding Society purchased and renovated the modern building, about half of which is designated for high-profile tenants, including a U.S. senator and a congressman. The new AWS global headquarters is located at 8669 Doral Blvd., Doral, FL 33166, across from the Trump Doral Golf Resort & Spa Miami. All staff and departmental phone numbers and extensions are unchanged.

Registration for FABTECH now is open
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Save time and money by registering in advance for FABTECH, North America's largest metal forming, fabricating, welding and finishing event, which will be held Nov. 12-14 at the Las Vegas Convention Center. Exhibit attendance is free through Nov. 9. Beginning Nov. 10, the cost to attend the exhibits is $50. Members of FMA, SME, AWS, PMA and CCAI attend the exhibits free with a valid member card. More

San Diego-area companies profit from defense-lending program
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Southcoast Welding & Manufacturing President Pat Shoup and Vice President Jay Parast can't stop singing the praises of Bank of America. Chula Vista, Calif.-based Southcoast is one of dozens in the region to take advantage of a 3-year-old program geared toward lending money to local defense contractors. In Southcoast's case, in just five months, the money has led to dozens of new job openings and new revenue streams. More

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Many Longmont, Colo.-area young people opting to pursue specific skills to find careers
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Niwot High School senior Anthony Melton didn't expect to discover a career path when he enrolled in a welding class at the Career Development Center, but that's apparently what he found. Now in his second year of Bill Anthony's welding class at the CDC in Longmont, Colo., Melton said that after he graduates from Niwot High he hopes to land an apprenticeship as a welder. While enrollment in traditional four-year colleges and universities continues to increase, so do tuition costs. A growing number of young people seem to be choosing to learn a trade while they're still in high school or shortly after rather than pursuing a traditional four-year degree. More

Community college to host job fair in Alvin, Texas
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One of the quickest ways to get into a well-paying job is by becoming a welder for local industry, said Laura Bell, welding coordinator at Alvin Community College in Alvin, Texas. "It's a marketable high demand skill they can take anywhere in the country and go to work," she said. Students, parents and job seekers will have a chance to take a peek at the Alvin Community College Welding program during an open house and job fair event Sept. 27. The community also will be able to check out the new virtual welding machine. The open house will have information about several Continuing Education programs including welding, machining, commercial trucking, industrial design and helicopter training. More

Aiken Technical College offers welding merit badge for Boy, Girl Scouts
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Aiken Technical College is collaborating with the Georgia-South Carolina Council for Boy Scouts to provide opportunities for scouts, both boys and girls, to earn merit badges in the science, technology, engineering and math fields. Steve Simmons, ATC's dean of training and business development, credited the project concept to Katie Miller, a campus library staffer and Girl Scout leader. More

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Honda develops technology to weld steel, aluminum together
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Looking to reduce vehicle weight and improve fuel economy, automotive giant Honda has developed a new technology for the continuous welding of steel and aluminum. The novel method is based on a solid-state joining process called friction stir welding, in which two metals can be intermixed via mechanical pressure. More

3rd generation now at helm of family welding business in Medina, Ohio
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Standard Welding was started by Earl Post in a single-car garage in 1939. When Post returned from World War II, he secured a GI Loan and bought land to erect a Quonset hut on the corner of State and Smith Roads in Medina. His son, Jack Post, took over the operation of the company in 1956 and expanded it by serving the welding needs of local companies and individuals. Daughter Jan and her husband, Tad Coleman, joined the company in 1978 and officially took over in 1980. Today, Tad serves as chairman of the board while their son, Chris Coleman, is president and Chris' younger brother, Jack, is vice president. This fourth generation joined the firm in 1994 and 1998, respectively. More

Lincoln Trail College's welding students complete stage project
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Students from the Illinois communities of Oblong, Palestine, Hutsonville and Robinson in the welding department at Lincoln Trail College, as part of a project, recently created a portable stage that allows Palestine to host main stage acts on Main Street and at Leaverton Park. Lead instructor Reno Bemont worked with the Palestine committee on the stage design, construction and materials. The final design allows the needed portability, while taking up minimal storage space, and providing ample space for all types of events when assembled. More

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Statoil performs new subsea flowline remote-control hot tap procedure
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Norwegian company Statoil has conducted a subsea pipeline hot tap operation in a record manner at Asgard in the North Sea. For the first time ever, remote-controlled equipment and a subsea welding robot have installed a new tie-in on a live gas line with no other preparation. The tie-in was welded onto the Asgard B production flowline in 265 meters (879 feet) of water using Technip's Scandi Arctic vessel. The project consisted of a robot welding a T-piece on to the pipe while gas continued to flow. Then, a remote-controlled drilling machine put holes in the producing pipeline with no effect on pressure and production. The method was developed by Statoil from work begun in 1999. More

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Graduate tours US to educate future, current welders about industry
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A former Cheboygan, Mich.-area High School graduate has found his niche in the welding world, touring the United States and Canada while educating future and current welders on the newest technology and techniques in the industry. Justin Elliott, a 2006 CHS graduate and 2010 Ferris State University grad, has crisscrossed North America since graduating from FSU’s welding program and hiring on with Miller Welding. More

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