Lincoln Electric Co., a subsidiary of Lincoln Electric Holdings Inc., is investing approximately $30 million in a new Welding Technology Center on its Euclid, Ohio campus.
The Center will focus on the training of welding educators and industry leaders to address the rising demand for welding education and career pathways in welding and advanced manufacturing, according to the company.
Lincoln Electric will also dedicate resources to support welding training for veterans at the facility.
“The new 130,000-square-foot center will double Lincoln’s welding education capacity to 180 welding booths and will include high-tech classroom and seminar spaces,” the company noted. “It will also showcase and integrate Lincoln Electric’s latest technologies and solutions into a comprehensive welding curriculum, making it the industry’s most advanced facility of its kind.”
Construction is expected to begin in early 2016, with an opening anticipated in 2017-marking the centennial anniversary of Lincoln’s legacy welding school, the longest-running welding school in the United States.
“This investment reflects our commitment to being at the forefront of welding innovation and education,” said Christopher L. Mapes, Lincoln Electric chairman and chief executive officer. “The increased demand from customers, the skilled trades and technical schools to help develop the next generation of industry-ready welders have accelerated our investment in education, and our new Welding Technology Center will allow us to demonstrate how our technical expertise and the value of our solutions can have a measurable impact on educators, students and customers.”
Project partners include the City of Euclid, Cuyahoga County and the State of Ohio.