Arc-Zone Pro Partner Jason Moser

Jason Moser, AKA @Jalumo1973 on Instagram, was officially the second member to join the Arc-Zone Pro Partnership. Jason specializes in heavy fabrication and repair of road construction equipment and has been in the industry for roughly 20 years. Some might say he is the epitome of the professional welder… He works for the man, is as humble as they come, and takes much pride in what he does and loves. One thing you wouldn’t know about Jason from his Instagram pics is that he has a heavy, southern accent… It’s always a treat to get him on the phone and hear him talk ;)

Jason Moser @jalumo1973 sporting the Arc-Zone Pro Partnership Tee

Jason Moser @jalumo1973 sporting the Arc-Zone Pro Partnership Tee

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LENCO Welding Connectors Made in Missouri

LENCO welding connectors

Red, White, and Blue LENCO Welding Connectors (more colors available!)

It may be true that welding connectors aren’t the most exciting thing in your shop, but a good connector is imperative.  We offer Lenco products because they manufacture a wide range of connectors and a fantastic lineup of basic and high performance welding ground clamps for every application. Additionally, Lenco is part of Profax.

Lenco was founded in 1948, and purchased by Profax in 1992. The factory is located in Jackson, Missouri, U.S.A.  and they are a family owned business.  They are totally committed to the welding industry and are not driven by profits alone.

Arc-Zone offers the complete line of Lenco’s welding cable connectors and ground clamps–from low cost hand clamps and easy-to-use magnetic clamps, to high amperage ‘C’ Clamps (up to 2,000 Amps) and Rotary ground clamps. Continue reading

Arc-Zone Pro Partner Wes Mishler

Before we get into the Q & A with Wes Mishler, AKA @wicked_welding on Instagram, we first want to tell you a little bit about how we came to know him…. We actually met Wes quite recently, sometime in early March, 2014, but since then, a whole lot has changed… At the time, we were in the process of officially launching the “Arc-Zone Pro Partnership”, which is a network of master fabricators and industry professionals who are committed to quality craftsmanship – but in its purest form, a way to celebrate the industry and our fellow tradesmen who are in it!

That being said, after lots of research and discussion, Wes was selected to be our very first Pro Partner, and boy were we lucky to have him! We didn’t know it at the time, but this professional partnership amongst a business and a fabricator, turned into a true friendship overtime.

Wes Mishler @wicked_welding

Wes Mishler @wicked_welding

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Introducing the Pro Partnership™

Too much of our industry is focused on the technical aspects of a product, the specs that make a product work… But product descriptions are boring. It’s the people, using these tools to fabricate incredible things on a daily basis, who are compelling, interesting, and informative.

The Pro Partnership™, formed in March of 2014, is a network of master fabricators, systems integrators, artists, and industry professionals committed to quality craftsmanship and moving the industry forward. So how can we celebrate and elevate the image of our industry? It begins with finding the right people who share the same vision as Arc-Zone, and as of today, our network consists of these five amazing tradesmen and women who are helping us reach that goal!

Arc-Zone Pro Partners

Arc-Zone Pro Partners

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CK Worldwide TIG Torches are Made in the USA

CKLOGOWhile CK Worldwide is in fact recognized around the world as an innovator in the welding industry, CK’s products are made right here, in the U.S.A., in the Pacific Northwest.   It’s been a family-owned business since the mid seventies and they are strictly focused on TIG welding equipment.  That type of focus is not common in our industry, and I think there is value there for the end user!

Much of their innovation comes from their experience in the aerospace industry where attention to detail and top quality tools are imperative.

CK Worldwide amperage control for TIG Welding TorchesWay back in the day (when we first started out) we carried  CK’s amperage controls for TIG torches. We were not only impressed with the “north/south” control, but with the low profile, and the fact that the control can be strapped on to any TIG torch, from Miller to Lincoln, ESAB to Thermal Arc, and even Powcon, L-tec, Airco, and Panosonic.

Flex-Loc TIG Welding torch from CKThen we got to know CK’s TIG Torches, where we found not only solid TIG torches to get the (welding) job done, we found innovation, especially in the Flex-Loc TIG Torches– the ultimate in versatilityThe 360 degree rotating head is perfect for out of position welds, and the locking design of the head means that it will outlast traditional flex neck torches. The air-cooled Flex-Loc and the water-cooled Flex-Loc torches can be outfitted with nearly any combination of front-end parts, from high amperage flooding cups, to low profile stubby parts. Continue reading

July: Welding Products Made in the USA

Jim Watson back in the day

Jim Watson (R) back in the day

The Fourth of July is always a good time to celebrate the USA, and here at Arc-Zone we like to celebrate welding products made in the USA all month long. But first, what does “Made in the USA” actually mean?

According to the federal trade commission, “for a product to be called Made in USA, or claimed to be of domestic origin without qualifications or limits on the claim, the product must be “all or virtually all” made in the U.S. The term “United States,” as referred to in the Enforcement Policy Statement, includes the 50 states, the District of Columbia, and the U.S. territories and possessions.”  

But that’s enough technical jargon, we covered this last year in our post, “Made (Welded) in the USA” in more detail.  I want to kick off this year’s celebration with a little commentary on classic American racing– a true  “Made in the USA” sport! After all I got my welding start in Continue reading