A 70-year-old grandmother, a contractor working on U.S. military vehicles in Afghanistan and a former corporate manager have won a promotion by Miller Electric Mfg. (Appleton, Wisconsin) to recognize welders who make a special contribution to their workplaces and local communities. The three were selected through online votes cast by visitors to millerwelds.com, who were asked to nominate someone who stands apart in the welding industry through performance at work, commitment to education or other worthy causes.
Kay Minto, 70, lives in Eagleville, California and has been TIG welding for 28 years to create internationally exhibited art. She was nominated by her son, Tyler, who says she is a great teacher and mentor to younger welders. Carl Offenbacher a contractor in Afghanistan who works with Force Protection to keep armed vehicles safe and on the road. Nominated by his daughter Annie, Mr. Offenbacher is also an active welder in his hometown of Jacksonville, Oregon. Steven George quit his corporate job to move to Fairbanks, Alaska, and become a welder. According to his friend and nominator, Ulf Jonsson, Steven has quickly made a name for himself as a meticulous and quality-conscious welder.