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September 2016

CrossLinc Technology – By the Numbers!  


When you trade out your old multi-process job site welders for the Flextec® 350X with CrossLinc Technology, you gain safety and productivity advantages that last for years, while capturing payback in less than 9 months! Check out this image to understand the savings. MORE

FABTECH in November? Learn How Lincoln Electric Helps You Do Your Job Better, Faster

Is your team attending the FABTECH show in Las Vegas this November? Be sure to stop by our Booth N5200 to view new CrossLinc™ Technology innovations for construction and shipbuilding, new engine driven welders for mining and railroad repair and process solutions for stainless pipe welding in power gen. In our cutting booth in the Central Hall, view our PythonX® II robotic plasma cutting system in action for structural steel preparation or our VERNON Tool™ MPM system for large diameter pipe profiling. MORE

August Decline in Architecture Billings Point to Construction Softness 

The American Institute of Architects’ Architecture Billing Index dropped below 50 in August. While multi-family and manufacturing construction fell, private commercial construction continues to drive growth in the construction industry. This hot sector is expected to rise 3-6% in 2016 and 4% in 2017. MORE

Bechtel Moves to Virtual Reality for Safety Training

Using immersive environments just like our VRTEX® Virtual Reality Welding Simulation Trainers, Bechtel will begin using immersive 3D environments to train new employees on appropriate construction safety practices in a classroom before they have the opportunity to harm themselves and others on the site. Workers will practice skills like unloading beams 20 stories up on a foggy morning in a classroom at the Bechtel Innovation Center in Houston. MORE

States and Construction Associations Challenge the DOL Overtime Rule

According to, the Associated Builders and Contractors, with a coalition of other associations and 21 states have filed suit against the U.S. Department of Labor new overtime rule. The rule increases the minimum salary and overtime payment requirements on employers. MORE

Construction Industry Lobbies Congress on Skilled Worker Shortage     

Led by the Associated Equipment Distributors association, the construction industry recently urged Congress to pass and enact the Strengthening Career and Technical Education for the 21st Century Act, which is designed to reform, update and reauthorize the Carl D. Perkins Act. Twenty-seven construction industry organizations urged passage of this act to keep technical education a priority. With passage, Congress can help prepare workers for welding paying careers and ensure U.S. companies remain competitive. MORE

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