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Miller Electric announces ‘welding hero’ winners

Appleton, WI -- Miller Electric Mfg. Co. has announced the results of live online voting at MillerWelds.com for its ‘Nominate a Hero’ promotion. After more than 11,000 online votes were cast, three welders have been voted the...


Appleton, WI — Miller Electric Mfg. Co. has announced the results of live online voting at MillerWelds.com for its ‘Nominate a Hero’ promotion. After more than 11,000 online votes were cast, three welders have been voted the winners of the everyday welding heroes in the campaign.

The winners include a 70-year-old grandmother, a contractor keeping the military fleet safe in Afghanistan and a former corporate manager who chose to become a welder.

The winners are:

Kay Minto. Kay was nominated by her son Tyler. She has been TIG welding for 28 years. Tyler points out his mom is a 70-year-old grandmother living in Eagleville, CA, who finds time to create internationally shown welded art. She is also a great teacher and mentor to younger welders.

Carl Offenbacher. Carl is working with a contractor in Afghanistan assisting with the US military fleet, keeping the armed vehicles safe and on the road with Force Protection. Nominated by his daughter Annie, Carl is also an active welder in his hometown of Jacksonville, OR.

Steven George. Steven quit his corporate job to move to Fairbanks, AK, 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.

Of course, being a Canadian publication/website, we were hoping the single Canadian contender would be among the top vote recipients. Joey Gyetvan of Bridgenorth, ON, an instructor at Canadian Welding Skills College, was nominated because he inspires many welders on a daily basis with his passion and enthusiasm for the craft. Gyetvan is consistently able to demonstrate what a great weld should be and finds points of self-focus for students to overcome their own challenges, said co-worker, Jeff Guy. “He is happy to tutor those who fall behind in symbols and blueprints and generally shows a passion for all aspects of welding as well as displaying pride in professional work habits,” added Guy.

“This is very special for Miller to be able to recognize these three individuals, chosen by the fans of Miller on MillerWelds.com,” said Vickie Rhiner, brand manger at Miller. “While all three are experienced welders, they have diverse backgrounds and great stories that represent that range of welding and the great opportunity welding provides for a career.”

These three welders and their nominators will be treated to a Hero’s event at the Miller headquarters in Appleton in September 2012. They will tour the worldwide headquarters of Miller Electric Mfg. Co. as well as receive prize packages of welding equipment and the latest in Miller Arc Armor safety gear.

Look for updates and see videos from the heroes’ visit www.millerwelds.com/hero this September. The contest has been an opportunity to highlight and celebrate all welders and the profession of welding.