Weld-Ed Rolls Out Mobile Welder Training Center

Manufacturers benefit from on-site, on-demand workforce development training.

ELYRIA, OHIO (September 15, 2015) — The National Center for Welding Education and Training (Weld-Ed), in partnership with Lorain County Community College, has rolled out its “Mobile Welder Training Center,” a 48-foot self-contained trailer equipped with eight state-of-the-art welding stations that will offer on-site customized training to manufacturers, fabricating operations and metalworking companies throughout northern Ohio.

Weld-Ed’s mobile training center brings one-on-one specialized training on-site to _72A4318businesses interested in boosting welder proficiency, enhancing problem-solving skills and improving overall on-the-job work quality — without the costly expenses traditionally associated with off-site training.

“The training center will be particularly attractive to businesses utilizing a welding component in their manufacturing process that want to keep their professionals up-to-date with the latest in techniques, materials, processes, equipment and best practices,” said Duncan Estep, Weld-Ed Center Director. “The mobile component will enable us to take our MIG, precision TIG, stick welding, pipe welding, orbital TIG training — and a host of other training — on the road to provide customized training support where and when the company requires it.”

Estep added that instructors will be able to adjust their curriculum to meet the precise needs of the company in training, ensuring that each course satisfies AWS, API, ASME or any other industry-specific welding standards.

Weld-Ed’s mobile training unit expands upon the center’s existing corporate training facility located in the Nord Advanced Technology Center at Lorain County Community College in Elyria, Ohio. The facility includes a 12-station, state-of-the-art training lab, classrooms, administrative offices and exceptional instruction, and utilizes modern technology in the materials joining field, made possible through partnerships with industry-leading welding equipment and supply manufacturers.

The mobile training center was made possible through a grant from the Ohio Department of Higher Education (formerly the Ohio Board of Regents), with assistance from Ohio Senator Gayle Manning (D-13).

Companies interested in learning more about the Mobile Welder Training Center can visit the website at www.WeldEdTraining.com, or contact Weld-Ed directly at 866-529-9353.

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IMPORTANT NOTE: The Mobile Welder Training Center will be on exhibit at the “Made-In-Medina” expo on November 6, 2015. The trailer will be open and available for tours from Thursday, November 5 through Saturday, November 7.


The National Center for Welding Education and Training (Weld-Ed) is an Advanced Technological Education (ATE) National Center dedicated to the advancement of welding education and training. The Center represents a dynamic partnership between business and industry, community and technical colleges, universities, the American Welding Society and government, and operates through funding support from the National Science Foundation.

HIGH-RESOLUTION PHOTOS OF THE MOBILE WELDER TRAINING CENTER are available upon request to Steve Corcoran, corc@lookstrategies.com or by calling 440-655-6073.


Mobile Welder Training Center On Display at “Made In Medina” Manufacturing Expo

Medina County Manufacturing Expo to showcase local companies

MEDINA, Ohio – Medina County government and business leaders announced today that they will hold a showcase to celebrate the county’s manufacturing industry and to educate students and residents about manufacturing innovations and career opportunities.

The Made in Medina County Manufacturing Expo will take place Nov. 6 at the community center at the county fairgrounds. The all-day event featuring nearly 70 exhibiting manufacturers is expected to attract more than 500 visitors, according to organizers.

The expo is the brainchild of Medina Economic Development Director Kimberly Marshall. The city is working with officials from Brunswick and Wadsworth, the Medina County Economic Development Corporation and the Greater Medina and Brunswick Area chambers of commerce.

“This program has developed into another great Medina County collaborative process,” Medina Mayor Dennis Hanwell said at a press conference at the fairgrounds.

Marshall said the expo’s mission is to raise awareness about manufacturing in Medina County and educate residents and high school students about local companies’ economic impact and potential careers.

“We want to make sure the community understands the importance of the strong manufacturing base we have in Medina County,” Marshall said.

“This event gives us a chance to showcase our outstanding companies and will give our residents a chance to meet them and learn about their products,” she said.

Bethany Dentler, executive director of the Economic Development Corporation, said it is important to expose young people to careers in manufacturing.

For the last several years, Dentler’s group has organized the Manufacturing Road Show, which gives high school sophomores the chance to tour a local plant and talk with owners and employees.

She said having all the companies at the expo will allow students to explore different manufacturing industries, talk with business owners and gain hands-on experience.

Students will get to watch 3D printers in action and learn firsthand about welding in the mobile welding training center operated by the National Center for Welding Education and Training, in partnership with Lorain County Community College.

Weld-Ed will bring the 48-foot, self-contained trailer equipped with eight state-of-the-art welding stations to the expo.

“Welding is an occupation very much in demand by many Medina County manufacturers,” Dentler said.

“I think this trailer is going to be a huge hit with our attendees,” she said.

The students will also get to hear keynote speaker Thomas Frey, senior futurist at the DaVinci Institute.

Frey will talk about the future of manufacturing, the job outlook and recent innovations during a speech and question-and-answer session from 9:30 to 11 a.m. Tickets for his speech are $40, and include breakfast.

Exhibits and a resource room will be open to the public, at no charge, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. An ALICE active shooter training will be offered from 2:30 to 4 p.m.

“Pulling off a major event like this required collaboration from crucial partners throughout the county,” Dentler said.

These include more than two dozen municipal partners, chambers of commerce, organizations and businesses.

Major sponsors include Westfield Group, PNC Bank, Proximity Marketing and Shiloh.

For more information, visit www.madeinmedinacounty.com.

Workforce Training Money Available

Online Applications Will be Available Beginning September 28, 2015

More than 122,000 Ohio employees have already been trained through the Ohio Incumbent Workforce Training Voucher Program, and now that number will increase because round four is right around the corner.

“As Technology evolves, so does the training needed to keep employees current,” said David Goodman, director of the Ohio Development Services Agency.  “It’s important that employees across the state have the tools they need to succeed.”

Training in the following high-demand fields is eligible:  Advanced Manufacturing, Aerospace and Aviation, Automotive, Back Office, BioHealth, Corporate Headquarters, Energy, Financial Services, Food Processing, Information Technology and Services, Logistics, Polymers and Chemicals, and Research and Development.  Training opportunities include, but are not limited to, operational skills training, certification processes and equipment training. Training can occur at the employer’s facility, at provider’s training facility or at a third-party site.

The Ohio Development Services Agency will reimburse the employer for up to 50 percent of the eligible training costs, up to $4,000 per employee, after 1) the employer pays the full cost of the training, and 2) the employee successfully completes the training. The maximum amount an employer may qualify for in a fiscal year is $100,000. The company must be in operation for at least 12 months in Ohio to participate.

Businesses can begin the online process on September 28, 2015 and will have more than two weeks to gather the necessary information to complete their application.  The online applications will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis and can be submitted beginning at 10:00 a.m. on October 14, 2015.

For more information about the Ohio Incumbent Workforce Training Voucher Program visit http://development.ohio.gov/bs/bs_wtvp.htm.

For additional assistance, contact Shannon Vanderpool at (614) 644-8560 or Shannon.Vanderpool@development.ohio.gov,  Jennifer Spohr at (614) 466-4184 or Jennifer.Spohr@development.ohio.gov.