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Matheson Supports Welding Education- 4/24/2012
Matheson joins the American Welding Society (AWS) in recognizing April as National Welding Month in the United States. National Welding Month is an opportunity to pay tribute to the professional welders who help build America every day. In a video posted on the AWS Website, 2012 AWS President Bill Rice says, "It is my goal to make national welding month a time for everyone to recognize the contributions to our lives and to our future generations."
The United States Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates that career opportunities for trained welders will be growing through 2020. National Welding Month is a call to action for everyone in the field of welding to find ways to develop and support the next generation of professional welders through training, mentoring, internships, and entry-level employment.
Every day, and especially during National Welding Month, Matheson encourages its partners, suppliers and customers to be active in taking steps to find and nurture welding skills in today's American youth.
For its part, Matheson participates in a number of events. For the last 17 years running, the company has donated manpower, gases and equipment used at the annual SkillsUSA Championship. The SkillsUSA Championship is an annual showcase of America's most skilled youth, including multiple classifications of welding competitions. The Company is also active at other events such as Husker Harvest Days and FFA (formerly Future Farmers of America). As part of its commitment, Matheson donates time, materials and expertise at vocational schools, community colleges, and technical institutes across the country, providing demonstrations and helping to judge competitions.
As Howard Hubert, Senior Vice President of Matheson's Packaged Gas Division commented, "Working with welding education is important to help to rebuild our skills base for the manufacturing industry in the United States. Individuals should see welding as an essential, challenging, and creative professional skill that is important for the future of our country. In addition to pursuing a career as a professional welder, there are also many employment opportunities in a large number of welding and manufacturing support roles. We see a great need for professional welders in all aspects of industry, providing a great career choice for those individuals with the interest and drive."