Murray Hill and New Providence, New Jersey, U.S., March 20, 2013 – A young student welder from Puerto Rico, who competed in a welding competition sponsored by Linde Puerto Rico, is headed to the finals of the SkillsUSA championships. As part of its commitment to help America achieve a more skilled workforce, Linde Puerto Rico recently served as the principle sponsor of the SkillsUSA welding competition at the Coliseum Rubén Rodríguez in Bayamón.
SkillsUSA is a non-profit partnership of students, teachers and industry representatives working together to help students preparing for careers in trade, technical and skilled service occupations. The 49th SkillsUSA Championships, a showcase of career and technical education students, will be held in Kansas City, Missouri, June 24-28, 2013.
Linde Puerto Rico has been the principal sponsor of welding skills competition for 15 years. Nine students, including three females, competed in different regions of the island. In addition to a written examination, competitors had to demonstrate their skill in MIG, TIG, stick, plasma and oxy cut welding. Safety was part of the evaluation; competitors’ personal protective equipment was a mandatory part of the dress code. The Miller Electric Company, also a supporter of the competition, supplied all the equipment for the competition and presented each participant with protective products.
The winner of the competition is Emmanuel García, who attends Teodoro Aguilar Mora school in Humacao, Puerto Rico. Lisandra Gutiérrez, communications specialist and a member of the Committee for Vocational Schools in Puerto Rico, said, “We congratulate Emmanuel for displaying excellent skills in the competition and we wish him luck at the finals. Linde Puerto Rico is committed to the next generation of welders. We wanted to emphasize safety, as well a proper welding techniques, and we think this competition achieved both objectives.”
Linde Puerto Rico is an affiliate of Linde North America, a member of The Linde Group The Linde Group is a world-leading gases and engineering company with around 62,000 employees in more than 100 countries worldwide. In the 2012 financial year, Linde generated revenue of EUR 15.280 bn (USD 19.9 bn). The strategy of the Group is geared towards long-term profitable growth and focuses on the expansion of its international business with forward-looking products and services. Linde acts responsibly towards its shareholders, business partners, employees, society and the environment – in every one of its business areas, regions and locations across the globe. The company is committed to technologies and products that unite the goals of customer value and sustainable development.
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