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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, the welding industry’s largest trade show!

We at are thankful for FABTECH!  Jim Watson (founder and CEO of has been going to FABTECH off and on for many years, first when he worked for Weldcraft, then in 1999 when he officially  introduced (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

The Ultimate Showroom for Welding Supplies

At one of our goals has always been to build the best welding supply store in the world–a lofty goal, but as they say, shoot for the moon, if you fall you’ll land among the stars!

Building the Best Welding Supply Company

But what does it mean to build the best welding supply company?  

Arc-Zone's Ultimate Welding Showroom

Arc-Zone’s Ultimate Welding Showroom at 2091 Las Palmas Drive, Carlsbad, CA 92011

Well, for us it has meant delivering the top brand TIG, MIG, and Plasma Arc Welding products for your application–the welding supplies you need to improve quality and minimize downtime:  Continue reading

What About A Welding Badge for GIRL Scouts?

Just received this press release from the American Welding Society celebrating the kick off the 2013 Careers in Welding Trailer tour.

MIAMI, Fla., July 22, 2013 – Boy Scouts from across the country are exploring careers in welding as the AWS Careers in Welding Trailer kicks off its 2013 tour at the Boy Scout Jamboree in West Virginia through July 24, 2013.

Over 40,000 [BOY] Scouts, volunteers and visitors are getting a chance to try their hand at welding at America’s biggest celebration in Scouting. Held once every three years, this will be the first jamboree at its new permanent home – The Summit, in West Virginia.

Let’s hope that the Careers in Welding Trailer finds ways to introduce GIRL scouts, and GIRLS in general, to the possibilities of working in the welding industry. After all, the American Welding Society’s new president is NANCY Cole, who has stated one of her goals is to get more women into the industry. Continue reading

FABTECH 2012 report from Arc-Zone’s Joanie (AKA MIG Ryan)

Most of Joanie Butler‘s experience in the welding industry comes from her years in the automotive arena, so she’s been to 15 years of  SEMA (Specialty Equipment Market Association) trade shows. But this past November, Joanie attended her first FABTECH show!

“It was eye opening,” she says, noting that the SEMA show caters not only to Business to Business companies, but has a big focus on end-users and hobbyists as well. The FABTECH show is “North America’s largest metal forming, fabricating, welding and finishing event”. The focus is on welding product developers, welding suppliers, and large manufacturers.

Innovations in the Welding Industry

Arc-Zone's Joanie Butler virtual welding on the Lincoln Electric VRTEX at FABTECH 2012

Arc-Zone’s Joanie Butler virtual welding on the Lincoln Electric VRTEX at FABTECH 2012

Joanie says the most innovative thing she personally experienced was the welding simulator by Lincoln Electric, The VRTEX 360.  It’s a computer based training system that is an educational tool designed to allow students to practice their welding technique in a simulated environment.

People in the Welding Industry

The most interesting person she says she met was
Jody Collier from

“He’s a neat guy with a laid-back attitude and approach.”  Sadly, she did not get pictures 🙁

The Future of Welding

Joanie also shared her thoughts on the welding industry… “I’m still learning, but one thing I’ve noticed is that quite a bit of the smaller companies have been being purchased by larger manufacturers, or larger distributors.”

As to where the jobs may be…  Joanie says she believes this is not only a time of change, but a time of opportunities.  “If you want to get into the welding industry, I’d say there is no better time than the present. Although it’s not for the feint of heart, you must be willing to adapt to changing processes and procedures but there will always be work that needs be completed.  From hands-on welders to computer programmers to run the latest and greatest CNC operated Plasma Cutting systems and Automated Welding Systems, it’s more technical then ever before! ”

If you missed the FABTECH show, check out YouTube videos from FABTECH 2012.  Our friend Mr. TIG was there and interviewed many welding manufacturers, including the folks at the CK Worldwide booth. Don’t forget, carries CK TIG Torches and the full line of replacement parts as well as the inflatable purge chamber that Mr. TIG is showing in this video!

Did you make it to FABTECH this year?  If so, what were your impressions?


The Miller Everyday Welding Hero: Kay Minto

Congratulations to Kay Minto, a TIG welder with 28 years experience, who won the Miller Everyday Welding Hero grand prize!  She’ll get a trip to Appleton Wisconsin to visit the Miller headquarters, and some premium welding equipment:  a Diversion 180 TIG welder, an Arc Armor Performance Pak.

Kay Minto TIG Welder Miller Everyday Welding Hero

Kay was one of three winners, and the only woman!  She was nominated by her son who is proud of her not only for the quality artwork she produces, but for mentoring younger welders.  Read more about her online at