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As 2011 comes to a close, AWS would like to wish its members, partners, and other industry professionals a safe and happy holiday season. As we reflect on the past year for the industry, we would like to provide the readers of AWS’s This Week in Welding a look at the most accessed articles from the year. Our regular publication will resume next Tuesday, Jan. 3, 2012.

North Dakota oil boom creates thousands of jobs
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From Nov. 1: Those hurt hard by the ailing economy are flocking to Williston, N.D., where an oil boom has turned a sleepy prairie town into a place producing thousands of jobs. "There's opportunity here and that's what we all need is opportunity," said Williston Mayor Ward Koeser. "It's kind of been an oasis for the country. You know, there's a lot of jobs here, good paying jobs in the oil industry." More

Welding industry in need of workers
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From Sept. 13: Welding may be a tough job, but it pays well and the industry is in need of workers all across the country. Many baby boomers who became welders are nearing retirement and there are much fewer young workers who are filling open positions in the field. A study by the American Welding Society predicts there will be a shortage of about 400,000 welders by 2014. More

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Revolutionary new Boeing Dreamliner poised for takeoff
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From Oct. 25: The world's first jet to be made mostly of carbon fiber, instead of traditional aluminum and steel, is poised to carry passengers for the first time when Japanese carrier All Nippon Airways flies from Tokyo to Hong Kong with 264 travelers on board. The flight is a coming-out party for a jet that reflects the biggest change in aircraft construction since metal replaced wooden biplanes. The Dreamliner's relatively light weight and aerodynamic features promise to cut fuel costs up to 20 percent and enable airlines to reap profits from new nonstop routes. More

Report on skills gap in manufacturing released
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From Oct. 18: American manufacturing companies cannot fill as many as 600,000 skilled positions — even as unemployment numbers hover at historic levels — according to a new survey from Deloitte and The Manufacturing Institute. The survey, "Boiling Point? The skills gap in U.S. manufacturing," polled a nationally representative sample of 1,123 executives at manufacturing companies recently and revealed that 5 percent of current manufacturing jobs are unfilled due to a lack of qualified candidates. More

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Lincoln on acquisition spree
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From Aug. 9: Lincoln Electric Holdings, Inc., recently announced the acquisition of the welding operations of Maryland-based Techalloy Company, Inc., and of its parent company, Central Wire Industries, Ltd. The company is a producer of nickel alloy and stainless steel welding consumables, which are positioned well globally in the high growth energy and infrastructure business segments. These segments are expected to continue to grow as well as expand and improve Lincoln's relationship with its customers. More

Caterpillar says it faces shortage of qualified workers
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From Sept. 20: Despite the tight job market, one Illinois company says it is ready to hire, but cannot find enough qualified people to fill its vacancies. The CEO of Caterpillar says finding trained workers has become so tough in the U.S. that it is hurting the company's ability to expand. More

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Last federal helium reserve near Amarillo, Texas, is running out
Fort Worth Star-Telegram    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
From Aug. 9: Deep beneath the dry, dusty ground outside this Panhandle city lies something lighter than air: helium. But the supply of the gas that inflates balloons, cools MRI machines and detects leaks in NASA space shuttle fuel tanks isn't infinite. There's only so much helium in the world, and some fear that a shortage is coming. "Once it's used up, it's gone," said Rasika Dias, professor and chairman of the chemistry and biochemistry department at the University of Texas at Arlington. "What we have is what we have." More

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Slideshow: Jeep DIY? Kit turns Wrangler into pickup truck
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From July 26: In this age of do-it-yourself culture, or at least a lot of DIY television shows and magazines, we like to think of ourselves as handy enough with tools to install wallboard, apply joint compound and paint, and even tackle a few plumbing and electrical jobs. But Jeep wants to know: How's your welding? The car maker is offering customers a kit with all the parts needed to turn their Jeep Wrangler Unlimited four door SUVs into two door pickup trucks. The kit was inspired by a show truck called the JK-8 Independence that recalls earlier Jeeps like the CJ-8 Scrambler of the 1980s and J-8 military pickups. More

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AWS offering Welding Sales Representative Certification online
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From Sept. 20: Welding sales representatives interested in getting certified by the American Welding Society, or AWS, can now earn their AWS Welding Sales Representative Certification online on their own time. American Welding Online, AWS's new virtual learning website currently houses the Online Certified Welding Sales Representative seminar and examination, allowing participants to access the course materials and examination 24 hours a day, seven days a week. More

Forney Industries
Forney Industries is a nationwide leader in distribution of metal working and welding products, including:

• Abrasives and cutting   wheels
• Wire wheels and brushes
• Air fittings
• Hoses and pneumatic tools
• Hydraulic fittings
• Workshop tools and   accessories
• Steel, aluminum and chain
• Safety equipment
• Industrial quality cutting   tools MORE

Financing allows completion of Montana welding plant
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From July 26: The Montana Community Development Corporation has announced $17 million in financing to allow Stinger Welding to complete a fabrication plant that will bring at least 100 more jobs to Libby, Mont. Stinger Welding, a fabricator of steel bridge components, has 43 employees in Libby. It began work on a 105,000 square foot fabrication plant in 2009, but the project was put on hold because of financial challenges. "They are not hiring unskilled people and trying to train them. They already have welding backgrounds, but because of the global economy, they have to be familiar, for example, with not only American Welding Society standards but also European and Canadian standards." More

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Welding jobs in high demand
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From Sept. 20: The U.S. Labor department says the number of people applying for unemployment benefits has spiked to the highest level in three months, but the Mobile, Ala., area is showing a ray of hope. David Amerson is used to hard work, but lately it's been hard to find. Amerson said, "I grew up in the construction world, and that just completely dropped off." However, in the middle of the country's cash crisis, pipe welding jobs are white hot. Alabama workforce officials say most jobs in the maritime are in high demand right now, including welding. More

Why China may lose manufacturing jobs to the US
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From Oct. 25: Some business analysts say it's time for more American companies, across different industries, to consider manufacturing stuff back home. Mark Kramer, managing director at the consulting firm FSG in Boston, said outsourcing to China is not a slam dunk anymore. More



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