Category Archives: Welding Events

Arc-Zone Grand Opening of Retail Showroom

Arc-Zone Grand Opening of Retail Showroom – May 22, 2013

The Grand Opening for our new retail showroom turned out to be incredible! We want to thank everyone that came out to our headquarters in Carlsbad, CA for the event – someone even drove over from Yuma, Arizona! We’d also like to thank everyone else that was here in spirit but could not make it! Here are some photos we captured that we want to share with everyone. As always, Good Welding!

See the pictures!

Arc-Zone Opens Retail Showroom

You’ve seen Arc-Zone products online, now experience Arc-Zone in a whole new way!


azsign is opening a Retail Showroom and you’re invited:


WHEN?  2-7 p.m., Wednesday, May 22, 2013 

WHERE? 2091 Las Palmas Drive, Carlsbad, CA


Build a custom welding torch for your welding application at the  Arc-Zone PRO Solutions Center™ where you can choose from the industry’s most innovative welding accessories.

Preview the The Ultimate Weld Shop™ dedicated to product demos, welding classes, and more. It’s like nothing you’ve ever seen before.

• Meet the Team & tour our facilities

• Preview our Next Generation TIG & Plasma Arc welding accessories

• Shop the world’s largest selection of Tungsten Grinders, top brand TIG Torches & accessories

• Get hands on time with Arc-Zone’s Exclusives including the most comprehensive selection of tungsten electrode grinders on the market

• Network with industry professionals

• Enjoy food & beverages

• Enter to win a Miller Digital Elite Helmet Custom painted by Pete “Hot Dog” Finlan

We hope to see you here. As always, Good Welding!

Welding Pics from Fabtech 2012

Joe Welder is at FABTECH in Las Vegas, NV…. his first stop?  the Miller Electric  booth to check out the Dynasty 350 TIG machine so he could burn some rod with the new Weldcraft 280 water cooled  TIG welding Torch.

Joe Welder WELDING


Here’s Jim with Josh from Weldcraft (we sell a lot of their TIG welding torches):

 Jim Welding at FABTECH

Check out these primo test pieces at the Welding Skills Competition– steel, stainless and aluminum– Joe Welder says “NICE WORK!”

welding competition results


Here’s Joe Welder aka Arc-Zone’s own Jim Watson with 4 time NHRA Funny Car Champion Don “The Snake” Prudhomme talkin’ tech, no doubt…

Talking WELDING no doubt

So if you’re at FABTECH in Las Vegas, be sure to look for Jim Watson, aka Joe Welder and say Hi!  And don’t forget to check out the educational events, and all the terrific manufacturers on the floor.  My guess is you’ll find Jim wherever there is a new machine to try out or a new tool to learn about, or anywhere there’s some torch action!

Free Pipeline Welding Seminar in March

Lincoln Electric to Hold Free Pipeline Welding Seminar in March
Sessions to Address Safety, Quality and Productivity

Cleveland – Lincoln Electric is offering a free Pipeline Welding Seminar intended for contractors and professionals in the pipeline industry. The three-day, in-depth session will take place on March 29-31, 2011, at Lincoln Electric’s corporate headquarters in Cleveland, Ohio.

With the growing demand in energy markets, rehabilitation of existing infrastructure and construction of new cross-country and subsea pipelines will continue to increase. The seminar will focus on these topics, as well as new solutions for overall improved safety, productivity and quality.

Topics will include:
• Solutions to common pipeline welding challenges
• Understanding hydrogen cracking and how to minimize it
• Effects of welding essential variables, including heat input, on weld metal properties

Sessions will be followed by welding demonstrations on the latest pipeline welding techniques, equipment and consumables. Tours of Lincoln’s state-of-the-art manufacturing facilities will also be included.

For more information on this free informational seminar or to reserve a spot, contact Lincoln Electric at (216) 383-8355. Space is limited, and the deadline to register is Tuesday, March 15, 2011.

The Lincoln Electric Company, headquartered in Cleveland, Ohio, is the world leader in the design, development and manufacture of arc welding products, robotic arc welding systems, fume extraction equipment and plasma and oxyfuel cutting equipment. The company holds a leading global position in the brazing and soldering alloys market. For more information, visit their Web site at

This would also be a good time to check out some of the performance proven pipe welding accessories at like purge film and heat resistant purge bladders and purge baffle systems for localized purging…  not to mention our incredible stock of top performing CK TIG Torches and Weldcraft TIG torches, parts and accessories.

New Miller Products to be Introduced at Fabtech 2010!

The extremely popular 2010 Fabtech  expo is right around the corner, and Miller Electric Mfg. Co. is introducing some really cool new products, including the new Titanium Series welding helmets as well as the new WeldX protective apparel (available at  And if you’re looking for other TIG related products to go with your Big Blue welder generator, be sure to check out Arc-Zone’s TIG parts and accessories.  And be sure to look for Joe Welder himself, who will be attending this year.

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Welding for a Great Cause

Chris Ilcin contacted Carmen Electrode on Facebook recently and gave us the heads up on a great charity event coming up on October 23.

Chris and his wife Julie run the TC’s Promise Foundation.  TC’s Promise is a non-profit organization based out of Northeastern Ohio that gives kids coming out of the foster care system a scholarship to the Lincoln Electric Welding School.

Their fundraising event this year is on Saturday, October 23 at the Euclid Lakefront Community Center in Euclid, Ohio.  You can read more about TC’s promise and purchase tickets to the event on the website.  Chris and Julie started the foundation as a way of honoring their son, Therlow Cash “TC”, who passed away on November 8, 2008.  In their own words:

“We’ve spent a lot of the past year thinking about Therlow, and what we can do to honor his life, potential and promise. So much positive came out of the whole situation that we refused to let the tragedy part “win.” We will never be rich people, so we won’t be able to endow a wing of a hospital in his name. But we wanted to make his life and its impact on us and all of you, resonate.”

Joe Welder couldn’t think of a more fitting way to get young people into welding.  And the Lincoln Electric Welding School has graduated more than 200,000 Welders!

Chris himself worked for Lincoln for a few years, and told me recently “I took the job on the floor just to get a “foot in the door” and in my time in marketing got to see just how important welding is to this country. I got to interview people who are welding bridges & pipelines, as well as people who are literally able to live their dreams through welding like Chip Foose , Bryan Fuller and Jessi Combs. I got to see first-hand the creativity and ingenuity of welders in almost every situation. And I think that if we can find kids who have that level of skill, artistry, and hands-on ability, we owe it to them to give them a start in welding.”

So support a good cause and help enrich the life of a young adult through welding!