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American Welding Society Appoints New Corporate Director to AWS Foundation - 2/20/08

Monica Pfarr (shown) has been appointed AWS Foundation corporate director. She will spearhead the Solutions Opportunity Squad (SOS), which is made up of AWS staff individuals who will consult with and build strategies for local AWS Sections, businesses and other organizations that have specific workforce development needs.
American Welding Society Calls for Nominations for 6th Annual Image of Welding Awards - 01/31/08

The 2007 Image of Welding Winners were honored at an awards ceremony at the AWS FABTECH Int. & AWS Welding Show in Chicago on November 12, 2007. Winners shown (from left): John Nesta; Robert Sandelier; Pat Garten; Rick Bockey; Ken Krueger; John Husfeld; and Carl Occhialini.
The American Welding Society Appoints new managing Director of Certification - 01/30/08

John Filippi was appointed new managing director of certification services at the American Welding Society, where he will support the organizationís global expansion strategy.
American Welding Society Welding Handbook 9th Edition, Vol. 3, Welding Processes Now Available - 01/18/08

AWS Welding Handbook, 9th Edition, Vol. 3, Part 2, Welding Processes is now available in both print and electronic formats. The price is $192. A special price of $25 is being offered to AWS domestic individual members. Vol. 2, Part 1, Welding Processes and Volume 3, Part 2, Welding Processes may be purchased together for a reduced rate of $288.
American Welding Society Publishes Brazing Handbook 5th Edition - 01/16/08

The American Welding Societyís newly published Brazing Handbook 5th Edition is updated and expanded to include additional technical information and new chapters. The price is $136 for non-members or $102 for AWS members and can be purchased by calling toll-free 888-WELDING (888-935-3464) or online at
American Welding Society Student Member Ranks 7th Best Welder in the World at WorldSkills Competition - 01/09/08

Chance Pollo (pictured welding and with the U.S. flag) won a Medallion of Excellence and Best of Nation award for TeamUSA at the 39th WorldSkills competition. In fact, six members made up TeamUSA, each of whom competed and was ranked in their own particular skill area. (Photos courtesy of Mark Claypool, TeamUSA Leader.)

AWS Foundation Names Robb F. Howell to Board of Directors - 01/07/08

Robb F. Howell is the grandson of William H. Hobart Sr., one of the original co-founders of the Ohio-based Hobart Brothers Company. Howell is owner and president of MCD Plastics & Manufacturing, an Ohio-based firm that produces precision-machined plastic components.
AWS Publishes New Bridge Welding Code - 12/06/07

AWS published the new bridge welding standard, AASHTO/AWS D1.5M/D1.5:2008, to be used in conjunction with the AASHTO Standard Specification for Highway Bridges or AASHTO LRFD Bridge Design Specifications. This code covers the best practices and general provisions of routine bridge welding applications.
American Welding Society Acquires Weldmex - Largest Welding Trade Show in Mexico - 12/06/07

Principals of the American Welding Society (AWS) and Trade Show Consulting LLC sign the Weldmex purchase agreement in Miami, Fla. Pictured (from left) are: Ray Shook, AWS Executive Director; Frank Tarafa, AWS CFO; Chuck Cross, President of Trade Show Consulting LLC; and Earl C. Lipphardt, AWS Treasurer.
FABTECH International & AWS Welding Show Packs in Crowds and Posts Record Numbers - 11/27/07

Hailed by exhibitors as “the best show in years”, The FABTECH International & AWS Welding Show at the McCormick Place in Chicago, Illinois, attracted nearly 31,000 visitors from more than 75 countries worldwide — that is a 27% increase versus the last time the show was in Chicago in 2005. The four-day showcase of metal forming, fabricating, stamping, tube & pipe, and welding equipment is cosponsored by the American Welding Society (AWS), Fabricators & Manufacturers Association International (FMA) and Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME) and supported by industry partner the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM).
American Welding Society Announces 2007 Professional Welders Competition Award Winners - 11/26/07

188 welders from across the United States and Canada went head-to-head in the ultimate welding challenge, but only one would walk away with the $2,500 grand prize. The American Welding Society 2007 Professional Welders Competition took place on November 12-13 at the FABTECH Int. and AWS Welding Show in Chicago, IL.

Mr. Shook was elected to the IIW board during the IIW 60th Annual Assembly and International Conference held July 1-8, 2007, in Dubrovnik, Croatia.

"I am very enthusiastic about joining IIW’s board,” said Mr. Shook. “The shortage of skilled welders as well as the increasingly global economy continues to transform the welding and fabrication industry landscape. Collaborating with the IIW and introducing new ways in which AWS can help to unite, strengthen and evolve the welding industry across the globe will be critical to making a difference for future generations," Shook said.


The Santa Clara valley Section celebrates their establishment of the Lou DeFreitas-Santa Clara Valley Section $60,000 scholarship fund – the largest original section-endowed scholarship in the American Welding Society Foundation’s history. The fund will enable the AWS Foundation to award to welding students in the Santa Clara Valley Section $3,000 in scholarships on an annual basis.

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The History Channel's "Modern Marvels: Welding" filmed on location at Lincoln Electric in Cleveland, Ohio. The company will be featured in the program's segment on arc welding. (Photo provided by Lincoln Electric.)
RobotWorx of Marion, Ohio, is showcased in the robotic welding portion of the History Channel's upcoming "Modern Marvels: Welding." The show will air on May 9 at 8 p.m. Eastern. (Photo provided by RobotWorx.)