November 15, 2014 – Member News

Select-Arc Opens Expanded Facility in Troy, Ohio

Select-Arc commenced operations at its new facility in Troy, Ohio, located at 2015 West Stanfield Road. The 79,400 sq. ft. space is being utilized for manufacturing and support functions in conjunction with Select-Arc headquarters in Fort Loramie, OH. An important reason for the necessity to enlarge Select-Arc’s plant operations was the rapid advancement in the number of welding electrode products offered to its extended user base. Select-Arc President Dale Stager emphasized that the determining factor in purchasing the Troy Operations was the need “to better serve our customers to meet their growing electrode product and service requirements.”

Senator Rob Portman Observes National Manufacturing Day at The Harris Products Group

U.S. Senator Rob Portman (R-Ohio) visited The Harris Products Group in October to observe National Manufacturing Day, a day organized to engage people in learning more about U.S. Manufacturing and its impact on the U.S. economy. One of the reasons Portman selected the company for a visit was its recent award from IndustryWeek magazine as one of the Best Plants in North America. “The Harris Products Group is proud to be an integral part of U.S. manufacturing and to mark this day with Senator Portman,” said David J. Nangle, president of The Harris Products Group. “More than half of these ‘Made in the USA’ products are delivered to customers outside the United States—in more than 90 countries around the world. That demonstrates how competitive high-quality U.S. manufacturing can be in the global marketplace.”

After a brief introduction by Nangle, Portman talked about the current political landscape for business, touching on tax reform, the EPA, international trade, the budget deficit and the national debt. “Congratulations to you and keep it up,” Portman said to nearly 200 employees who gathered on the plant floor for the event. He also commended the company for its unique bonus program, which rewards employees for the company’s overall success. “Business needs to be sure that the people who drive the business—the American workers—have a stake in its success.” Portman answered questions from Harris employees about a variety of topics, including ways US companies can protect their product patents, a mental health bill he authored in the Senate, and ways to improve the way government operates. In addition to the town hall meeting, Portman took a tour of the Mason facility, stopping to talk to Harris team members in customer service, casting and production.

Naked Speed Host Shares Spotlight with Lincoln

Master builder, designer and host of Velocity Channel’s new show “Naked Speed,” Bryan Fuller spent time at the Lincoln Electric booth at the Specialty Equipment Market Association’s recent 2014 SEMA Show in Las Vegas where he autographed copies of his new book “Full-Bore Welding.”

“Full-Bore Welding” is the second in a series of how-to build books from Full-Bore Publishing, following “Full-Bore Sheet Metal.” Fuller wrote the book with co-author and welding instructor Mark Prosser. The book breaks down the highly technical welding trade into easy-to-understand steps. It gives anyone interested in welding the knowledge needed to get started—from the necessary tools to purchasing and setting up a welding machine. “Full-Bore Welding” includes a special preface written by “Dirty Jobs” and “Somebody’s Gotta Do It” television host Mike Rowe.

Fuller earned a bachelor’s degree in Biology with a minor in Chemistry before he decided to pursue his true passion and enroll in the Street Rod program at Wyoming Technical Institute. He refined his metal shaping techniques while working at So-Cal Speed Shop and Foose Designs in Southern California. He now owns Fuller Moto, a custom car and motorcycle design shop in Atlanta. He is an AWS member and Lincoln Electric spokesperson, regularly promoting the welding trade at car and bike shows. He has made numerous television appearances on various shows, such as “Overhaulin’,” “Two Guys Garage,” “Biker Build-Off” and “Cafe Racer TV.” You can see Fuller’s photos from the SEMA show here.

Hypertherm Aligns Management Team

At the end of this year, Carey Chen, current vice president/general manager, Light Industrial Businesses, and CIO, will leave Hypertherm to become president and CEO of Cincinnati Incorporated. Chen’s responsibilities will be transitioned to two current Hypertherm management team members. Jim Miller, Hypertherm’s vice president of operations, will assume the added responsibilities of VP/GM Light Industrial Businesses, which includes the company’s air plasma systems, torch and consumables businesses. Mary Bihrle, current chief financial officer, will assume management team responsibility for Hypertherm’s information services function. Miller has been with Hypertherm since 2005, first as director of operations for Hypertherm’s consumable business before joining the management team in 2008 as vice president, operations. Bihrle joined Hypertherm in 2008 as director of internal controls, then director of global finance, before being named chief financial officer in 2013. These transitions will be completed by the end of the year.

In Memoriam: Robert K. Goodliffe, Long-time Industry Veteran

Robert K. Goodliffe, 83, passed away on November 4 after suffering a stroke in October. Mr. Goodliffe began working part-time while in high school at J.W. Goodliffe & Son in Linden, NJ, a company founded by his grandfather. Following high school, he enlisted in the U.S. Air Force and served in the Korean War as a jet engine mechanic, attaining the rank of Staff Sergeant. Mr. Goodliffe began working at J.W. Goodliffe & Son full time in 1953, a third-generation member of the welding supply business. He became owner of the company, which had locations in Linden and Washington, NJ, and Allentown, PA, and worked there until his retirement in 1992. He also owned the Acetylene Supply Company in Woodbridge, NJ, from 1962 to 1998, retaining ownership until 2009. Mr. Goodliffe is predeceased by his wife Ethel, and survived by four children, Barbara, Anne Marie, Robert, who operates J.W. Goodliffe & Son dba Cyberweld, and William, who operates Acetylene Supply Company.