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Voting for Welding Hero contest runs to end of July

Appleton, WI -- Live online voting for the Nominate a Hero promotion conceived by Miller Electric Mfg. Co. is under way. The Nominate a Hero contest has garnered hundreds of nominees over the past year. The Miller team has narrowed the field to...


Appleton, WI — Live online voting for the Nominate a Hero promotion conceived by Miller Electric Mfg. Co. is under way. The Nominate a Hero contest has garnered hundreds of nominees over the past year. The Miller team has narrowed the field to the top 10 (one of whom is from Canada), and the company is looking for online visitors to vote for the top three Miller welding heroes.

The promotion is recognition of everyday welders who make a special contribution to their workplace and their local community. Visitors to MillerWelds.com were asked to nominate their hero, the person that they felt stood apart part in the welding industry. Through their performance at work, commitment to education and training or other worthy causes, nominees came from throughout North America.

The top 10 nominees include a 70-year-old California woman who was inspired to weld, a corporate professional who left behind his office chair for a torch, instructors who affect young lives every day, a welder who ensures safety equipment is properly operating in Afghanistan, and others who qualified as welding heroes.

The single candidate from Canada is Joey Gyetvan of Bridgenorth, ON, who was nominated by his co-worker, Jeff Guy. As an instructor at Canadian Welding Skills College, Guy says Gyetvan is inspiring many welders on a daily basis with his passion and enthusiasm for the craft.

“He utilizes his years of experience as well as Miller arc welders and cutters to develop trainees’ skills and excellence in work practices. His positive attitude and encouragement help aspiring welders strive for perfection and overcome setbacks and challenges. Gyetvan is genuine and sincere when he is thrilled with a student’s perfect bend test — as a great coach should be — and equally encouraging when they are far less than perfect,” according to Guy.

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. “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.”

Gyetvan , along with his assistants, has had a positive impact on the careers of many welders over the years. The tailored instruction and testing at the certified CWB test centre has inspired many, said Guy. “If that is not a welding hero, I don’t know what one is.”

“This is a fun promotion that highlights the great things welders are doing every day,” said Vickie Rhiner, brand manger at Miller. “The social media aspect of the hero contest and having visitors go to millerwelds.com to vote for the top three is just another way we are interacting with our customers.”

The contest has been an opportunity for Miller to highlight and celebrate all welders and the profession of welding. The three grand prize winners will be flown in to the Miller headquarters in Appleton, WI, for a closer look at the company, and will be awarded a Miller product of their choosing, in addition to Arc Armor welding apparel.

Voting began July 16, 2012, and will end at 5:00 p.m. central standard time on July 31, 2012. The final top three winners will be announced on August 13. To cast a vote, visit http://www.millerwelds.com/hero.