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AWS Achieves Milestone of Nearly 22,400 Active Certified Welding Inspectors
The American Welding Society (AWS), Miami, Fla., has recently reached a milestone of nearly 22,400 active Certified Welding Inspectors (CWI). The program also continues to expand worldwide. This achievement reflects the growth of the AWS CWI program, which has certified more than 52,000 welding inspectors since its launch in 1976. “I am extremely proud of my CWI qualification, which has helped me to accomplish my career goals in the welding industry,” said Bob Wiswesser, chair of the AWS Certification Committee and one of the first to be certified by AWS. “Being a CWI has not only been a catalyst for my growth financially and professionally, but it has also taken me to exciting and exotic regions of the world, such as Egypt and Israel.” The AWS CWI program is recognized worldwide for its stringent certification standards, not only requiring applicants to have high skill levels, but also extensive time and experience in the field of welding. In addition, the society expects to certify approximately 1000 international CWIs this year in more than 25 countries around the globe, including India and China, which are expected to become among the world’s largest welding products markets. AWS also plans to expand its CWI operations into new regions, namely Peru and Vietnam, while increasing its operations in Nigeria and Thailand.

Noble Enters Advanced Development Agreement with General Motors
Noble International, Ltd., Warren, Mich., has entered into an advanced development agreement with General Motors (GM) related to body structures for future vehicle programs. The company will work with GM to design structural systems that improve vehicle performance, safety, and manufacturability while reducing cost and weight. “By working together in the early stages of the vehicle design process, we can work with GM to maximize the benefits of laser-welded flat blanks and tubular structures,” said Noble President Steven A. Prue. Also, during the second quarter, Noble launched four new laser beam welding programs comprised of 12 applications. Three of the four new programs were launched by the company’s new facilities in Adelaide, Australia, and Stow, Ohio. Two of the new programs were launched at its Adelaide facility for GM’s Holden subsidiary.

New Pipeline to Supply Canadian Gas to U.S. Northeast Markets
An interstate natural gas pipeline to connect Canadian natural gas supplies to energy-hungry U.S. Northeast markets and regional storage is being proposed by Alliance Pipeline, Duke Energy Gas Transmission, and NJR Pipeline Co., a subsidiary of New Jersey Resources. The three companies signed a memorandum of understanding to construct the Lebanon Connector pipeline. This would connect from either the Alliance Pipeline in Joliet, Ill., or from an interconnect with the Vector Pipeline at or near Springville, Ind. The pipeline, dependent upon the final route, would be 125–170 miles in length and would follow the existing Texas Eastern Lebanon Lateral.

Tregaskiss International Created
Tregaskiss Welding Products, Windsor, Ont., Canada, has recently embarked upon a joint venture with Browne Distribution International, LLC, a company that has more than 25 years of international marketing expertise in welding and industrial tools and equipment distribution. This new arrangement officially creates Tregaskiss International, which will be responsible for the growth and support of Tregaskiss Welding Products outside of North America.