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Why Attend Industry Trade Shows? Let’s Stop. Collaborate and Listen

Why Attend Industry Trade Shows?  

Although he probably wasn’t referring to attending industry trade shows, Vanilla Ice said it best, “Stop. Collaborate And Listen.” So why do people attend industry trade shows anyway?

Partners collaborate listen

We polled a handful of customers to learn why they’re planning to take time away from work and family to attend FabTech this year in Vegas. Overwhelmingly, they echoed a desire to collaborate in person with their peers and to familiarize themselves with new products.

This desire for people to share with like-minded folks is no new concept. We see it with politics, sports teams, craft circles, churches, trade organizations, etc. At a time when it seems that the media is pointing out our vast differences, it’s more important than ever that we find ways to connect with people, even across the aisle. We’ll never agree on every topic or welding technique, but it’s always possible to find a positive connection with a new person regardless of whether they’re across the globe or across the weld shop.

Why is listening an important element of attending a trade show? It’ not until we stop ourselves from telling our own story and show genuine interest in our partners, competitors, and customers that we really learn. The art of listening requires us to remove our auto-darkening lenses and hear what someone else is both saying, and not saying.

When asked what sets Arc-Zone apart — we’ve been told us that it’s our customer service, technical knowledge, and great product range. While we aren’t always perfect, our entire team is dedicated to problem-solving the challenges presented to us by our customers.

Again, it seems that the phrase, “Stop. Collaborate and Listen” is appropriate. We are active in our local AWS Chapter, on social media (Instagram, Facebook, YouTube, and our Blogs), Pro Partnership, and our Metal Mashup newsletter because we want to connect with vendors, partners, welders, fabricators and subcontractors from across the globe to share new tips, products, and success stories. We are always open to your suggestions and feedback. Feel free to identify new products, clearer information, and ways we can better serve you. Stay tuned for our latest product additions.

We hope to hear from you too, because “if there was a problem. Yo, I’ll solve it. Check out [my weld] while my DJ revolves it,” and you know the rest… “Ice ice baby!”

 

Congratulations Oregon Tradeswomen!

One of the more active groups in promoting women in the trades and encouraging women to join the trades is Oregon Tradeswomen, Inc. (OTI), an organization founded on the principles that women deserve and can attain economic self-sufficiency through pursuing careers in the building, mechanical, electrical, and utility trades while helping and encouraging the trades industry build up a diverse workforce.

THE HARDWORKING, GRANT WINNING STAFF FROM OTI

FROM OTI:

Oregon Tradeswomen, Inc. (OTI) is proud to announce that on June 14, 2016, we were awarded a Women in Apprenticeship and Non-Traditional Occupations (WANTO) grant to continue our work connecting women with high wage, high skill trades careers through registered apprenticeship.

“Oregon Tradeswomen, Inc. is honored to work with our partners, Seattle-based Apprenticeship and Nontraditional Employment for Women and Oakland, California-based Tradeswomen Inc. through the Women in Apprenticeship and Non-Traditional Occupations program,’’ said Connie Ashbrook, OTI’s Executive Director.  “Many women in our communities are passionately interested in working in the construction, manufacturing and utility trades, but don’t know where to get started.  Our joint efforts to provide women with the education, skills, and connections they need support their access to and success in family-supporting trades careers, while at the same time helping apprenticeship programs and employers diversify their workforces.”

The $650,000 will be awarded over the course of two years. It will fund direct technical assistance work in the Portland, Seattle, and Oakland metropolitan regions, as well as outreach throughout the Western United States.

READ MORE AT THE OTI WEBSITE–>

THIS is great news for women and the for the industry!  We look forward to more good news from the Oregon Tradeswomen.

 

Great turnout for Women Building Nations Conference

Women Build Nations conference

photo credit: Women Build Nations conference

Contractor Magazine reports “Record 1,500 tradeswomen attend Women Build Nations Conference in Chicago

ROSEMONT, IL — Over 1,500 skilled tradeswomen from 40 U.S. states, Canada, Nigeria and the Philippines attended the Women Building Nations Conference held at Chicago’s Crowne Plaza O’Hare Hotel from April 29 to May 1. The conference, sponsored by North America’s Building Trades Unions and hosted by Chicago Women in Trades, featured 50 workshops; a speech from Illinois Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky; and a panel of Building Trades International Presidents.  READ MORE–>

All kinds of tradeswomen attended the Women Build Nations conference!

Readers of this blog know that Arc-Zone supports women working in the welding industry–currently  only 2% of welders–so we were excited to read about how well attended the Women Building Nations conference was.   Continue reading

New Year, New Arc-Zone Website

Whether you make New Year’s resolutions or not, the beginning of a new year always seems like a great time for new things. At Arc-Zone.com we’ve unveiled a redesigned website.  It’s got a ton of new features in response to customer feedback–features that take advantage of technological improvements. We’re really excited about the new site, and hope you will be too!

Mobile Responsive Design

Our new site is designed to work wherever YOU work!  The site is optimized for mobile devices like laptops, iPads and other tablets, and even smartphones.  Now if you’re out in the field, you’ll find placing an order will be a breeze!  Especially with our improved navigation, simplified with Fly-Out menus, and quick search that will return accurate results making sure you find the product you need for your welding job.

the arc-zone.com mobile website

Arc-Zone.com goes mobile!

Shopping Cart Widget

You’ll also find an improved shopping cart process, including a roving shopping cart featured in the header and a “Save for Later” feature.   Continue reading

Welding Apparel for Women

Given the continued projected shortage of skilled welders, one can only expect the number of women in the welding industry to grow…  and with that growth, a demand for welding apparel that fits well.

AngelFire welding apparel for women

AngelFire welding apparel for women

We all know that women are shaped differently than men.  But did you know that AngelFire is not the only welding apparel for women?

Miller is introducing a new women’s line of their Arc Armor® apparel.

We are excited to see more options for women who weld in terms of apparel. Continue reading

Thankful for FABTECH Welding Industry Trade Show

November always seems like a good month to focus on things we’re thankful for in the welding industry.  So, because FABTECH is coming up soon (November 18-21, 2013 in Chicago, Illinois), we thought we’d start there!

FABTECH logo

FABTECH, the welding industry’s largest trade show!

We at Arc-Zone.com are thankful for FABTECH!  Jim Watson (founder and CEO of Arc-Zone.com) has been going to FABTECH off and on for many years, first when he worked for Weldcraft, then in 1999 when he officially  introduced  Arc-Zone.com (founded in 1998) to the welding industry.

At FABTECH Jim is able to meet with manufacturers and get a first-hand look at new products that our welding customers may need. Continue reading