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This is your chance to nominate a person or organization who has shown amazing dedication to the welding industry. Winners will receive a free trip, sponsored by WEMCO and the AWS Foundation, to the Excellence in Welding Awards Ceremony at FABTECH from November 11-14 in Chicago, IL.
The nomination deadline is June 30, 2019.
All are invited to attend the upcoming Northeast chapter meeting and workshop on April 27, 2019, from 9:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Come enjoy a day full of networking, learning and demonstrations. Detailed program to follow.
Hess Ornamental Iron
470 Newcomer Road
Windsor, PA 17366
Contact: Philippe Fiers |
Forging on the River is the Metal Museum's annual blacksmithing conference. This year's international demonstrator, Alan Evans, is a prominent artist-blacksmith from Stroud, UK. Register for the pre-conference workshop, April 3-5, to work alongside Evans learning new techniques and working methods. Or, register for the general conference, April 5-7, which will feature blacksmithing demonstrations, a slide lecture, and opportunities to interact with Evans, as well as other artists from around the country. Registration is now open!

Dick Sargent at Cuper Studios
Saturday, April 6th beginning at 9:00 am
1301 Lynn St. Easton, PA 18042
More information contact Eric Cuper at 908.642.6420 or

Lewis Brass & Copper Co. Inc.
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Member News

Congratulations to Metal Museum founder James Wallace, who has been chosen for the SNAG 2019 Lifetime Achievement Award! This is the highest SNAG honor, and it is bestowed upon those individual who have made significant contributions to the metalsmithing field.

This year’s SNAG Conference (held in Chicago) will be dedicated to Mr. Wallace and his remarkable achievements.

Learn more by visiting

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Featured Top Job Contest Winners


People's Choice Award

Upright Iron Works

Mitch Heitler Award

Finelli Architectural Iron & Stair


Category A - Driveway Gates – Nonforged

Gold: Artisian Metal Works

Silver: Compass Ironworks

Bronze: Metal Head Inc.

Category D - Interior Railings- Nonferrous- Nonforged

Gold: Living Design Studios

Silver: Artistic Iron Works LLC

Bronze: La Forge De Style

Category G – Exterior Railings & Fences – Forged

Gold: BELT

Silver: Compass Ironworks

Bronze: T & W Fabricating

Category K - Gates/ Doors- Forged

Gold: ­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­ Robert Thomas Iron Design

Silver: La Forge De Style

Bronze: Maynard Studios

Category N- Structures & Miscellaneous

Gold: ­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­C.T. and S. Metalworks

Silver: Magnum Companies

Bronze: Berger Iron Works

Category B - Driveway Gates- Forged

Gold: Hebo/Stratford Gate Systems

Silver: Art’s Work Unlimited, Inc.

Bronze: Picasso Gate Inc.

Category E - Interior Railings- Ferrous and Nonferrrous, Forged

Gold: ­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­Boyler’s Ornamental Iron

Silver: The Heirloom Companies

Bronze: Robert Thomas Iron Design

Category H - Furniture & Accessories- Nonforged

Gold: ­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­The Heirloom Companies

Silver: Artistic Iron Works LLC & Post Road Iron Works

Bronze: Living Design Studios

Category L - Stairs Complete- Commercial

Gold: ­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­Berger Iron Works

Silver: Big D Metalworks

Bronze: The Heirloom Companies

Category O- Unusual Ornamental

Gold: ­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­Living Design Studios

Silver: Magnum Companies

Bronze: Sure Iron Works

Category C - Interior Railings- Ferrous- Nonforged

Gold: Finelli Architectural Iron & Stair

Silver: Germantown Iron & Steel Corporation

Bronze: La Forge De Style 

Category F - Exterior Railings & Fences- Nonforged

Gold: ­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­A2 Fabrication, Inc.

Silver: The Heirloom Companies

Bronze: Hess Ornamental Iron

Category I - Furniture & Accessories- Forged

Gold: ­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­ Flaherty Iron Works

Silver: Robert Thomas Iron Design

Bronze: Northwinds Forge Co.

Category M -Stairs Complete- Residential

Gold: ­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­MDO Welding & Fab Inc.

Silver: Eagle Machine & Welding  and  Living Design Studios

Bronze: Compass Ironworks

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Featured Stories
Researchers at Carnegie Mellon University are collaborating with the Energy Department's Argonne National Lab to provide a solution for an issue plaguing 3D-printed metal parts: tiny gas pockets. They may be small, but these pockets lead to large issues, such as cracks and instabilities in metal components. Having successfully identified the way the gas pockets form, the research team is now providing valuable methods for predicting when this "keyhole phenomenon" is about to occur.
Kitchens across the country employ a variety of metal finishes in their designs. From cabinet hardware to statement lighting, and everything in between, metals play an important role for adding style, character and texture to interior spaces.Combining old and new finishes can provide a modern farmhouse aesthetic, while introducing multiple types of finishes, such as aged brass hardware, galvanized plumbing pipes and stainless steel appliances, evokes a charming sense of age. With so many possible metal combinations, expect to see this design trend carry on through 2019.
According to new research from Market Study Report LLC, the market value of structural steel is expected to top $850 billion by 2024. Factors of this growth include increasing design and construction demand from industrial spaces, as well as from industry professionals such as designers, architects, fabricators and engineers, who prefer sectional structures for their work.
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The safety and wellbeing of temp workers continues to be a challenge, especially at companies where this segment is viewed as separate from the permanent workforce. Many companies may not realize they are putting their temp workers at risk, and many temp workers are afraid to voice their concerns about unsafe work situations or environements. Insufficient training, unfamiliarity with the jobsite, and lack of personal protective equipment can further compound this risk.OSHA and the National Safety Council and the American Staffing Association are all working to improve awareness and safety best practices across hiring platforms and industries.
Expectations for the youngest set of workers in our modern jobforce are markedly different from past generations. Instead of committing indefinitely to one position, Gen Z workers will move from job to job in order to find the fulfillment they crave. Their top "must-haves" include consistent growth opportunities, new experiences, the assurance that their work has a purpose, and a sense of genuine connection with their environment. Their experience growing up during the recession, coupled with other financial pressures such as enormous college debt, means that they are prepared to put in the work at a job that meets their requirements - and equally prepared to leave a job that does not.



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