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Register for NRAWC 2015

Greetings AWS Milwaukee Section Members & Friends,

Registration is now open for NRAWC 2015. Please view the area below. To view the flyer, please click here.

Registration Type
Dinner Choice
Tour Choices
AWS Membership
Name (First, Last)
email address

Date posted: February 26, 2015


Greetings AWS Milwaukee Section Members & Friends,

Join the AWS Milwaukee Section on April 23rd for a tour of Caterpillar's manufacturing complex in South Milwaukee.

Limited space is available – register early!

The South Milwaukee facility began in 1893 as the Bucyrus Steam Shovel and Dredge Company of Wisconsin. It has since grown to over 1,000,000 square feet of manufacturing space on a 75 acre campus. Now part of Caterpillar Global Mining, the facility is where some of the largest equipment on earth is built, including electric rope shovels, ultra-class hydraulic excavators, and parts for draglines. Click on the image below to enlarge it.


The visitor center has a two-floor museum which features multimedia exhibits on past and current products, vintage company memorabilia, and scale models of massive mining shovels, drills, and draglines.

Museum visitors can experience larger-than-life excavation products by climbing into the driver's seat of an Electric Rope Shovel simulator or exploring Caterpillar's broad line of mining equipment through the unique interactive experience, "Touchpoint."


The event will include a tour of the welding facility featuring talks with some of the manufacturing engineers who work in these areas. Presentations from the facility manager and the facility welding engineer will follow dinner in the Heritage building adjacent to the museum. The tours and presentations will focus mainly on welding and the welding portions of the facility.

Six tour groups will depart at different times on approximately one hour long tours. Considerable walking (both inside and outside) will be required. Please see the tour safety guidelines below.


Dinner in the Heritage building will be your choice of:
- Lemon Pepper Chicken
- Herbed Pork Loin
- Seasoned Tilapia

Served with sides of red skin potatoes, seasoned wild rice, and fresh steamed green beans. Beverages, coffee and dessert will also be included.

Please indicate your dinner choice with registration.


Doors (and museum) open and check-in starts: 4:00 PM
First plant tour leaves: 4:30 PM
Last plant tour leaves: 5:40 PM
Buffet dinner in the Heritage building starts: 6:30 PM
Presentations start: 7:00 PM
Raffle to benefit the AWS scholarship fund: 8:00 PM

The museum and gift shop will remain open during the event. Raffle tickets will be on sale for a chance to win Caterpillar and other items after the presentations.


Member or member guest rate: $35
Discounted rate for students or unemployed: $30

All money raised from our events funds scholarships for students in the welding field!


Caterpillar reserves the right to exclude competitors from the tour.
Limited space is available – register early!

Register and select your dinner choice:

Registration Type
Dinner Choice
Name (First, Last)

Or contact: Nate Liszewski at (414) 364-3919 or at


Caterpillar South Milwaukee Visitor Center
(the Heritage building)
1970 10th Ave.
South Milwaukee, WI 53172

Enter the large parking lot (on the west side of 10th Ave.) from 10th Avenue.  The visitor center is a large 4-story brick building. Enter the double doors under the “HERITAGE BUILDING” sign.


- Visitors must be at least 12 years old.
- Full leg covering is required.
- Sturdy-soled shoes that provide complete foot covering and have less than a 1/2" heel are required. No sandals, open-toe, open-ankle or open-heel shoes are permitted.
- Handbags, briefcases, or bags of any kind are not allowed.
- Safety glasses with side shields will be provided and must be worn at all times. Sunglasses are not allowed.
- Hearing protection is required inside all manufacturing buildings and will be provided.
- Fingers rings are not allowed in any of the facilities. We advise that participants not wear finger jewelry. For rings that cannot be removed, tape will be provided.
- Visitor badges will be provided and must be worn at all times while visiting our facilities.
- Please note: Caterpillar has the right to refuse anyone who is under the influence of alcohol or drugs.

Special Needs

- Visitors with walking casts, orthopedic devices, crutches, and walking casts must notify Caterpillar ahead of time so that accommodations can be made.

General Tour Information

- The tour can last up to 1.5 hours and requires a significant amount of walking.
- It is both an indoor and outdoor tour so please dress for the weather.
- Mobile communication device usage is not allowed at any point along the tour route.
- Cameras are not allowed on the plant tour.

We hope that your visit to Caterpillar is informative, interesting, enjoyable, and above all – safe!

For more information on the Visitors Center, visit:

We hope to see you there!

Thank you,
The AWS Milwaukee Section Board

Date posted: April 13, 2015

Printable Notice

Women in Mfg - Interview with Sue Silverstein

Please click here to read the interview.

The AWS Milwaukee Section Board


Renew your Patron Membership for 2015!

Dear Patron Member,

We were able to award $5,500 in scholarships students from MATC and WCTC, in 2013. The support we receive from our Patron Members is impactful to students pursuing an education in welding. We believe strongly that in addition to providing students with rewarding career opportunities, this also strengthens Southeastern Wisconsin as a leader in welding.

We feature our GOLD and SILVER level Patron Members' logos in each of our mailings, as well as a link to their website on our website. We hope that you will take a quick moment to look at this, as these companies’ efforts are greatly appreciated.

We now offer the following options for Patron Members:

Gold Member: $500 per year
• Logo on our website (with a link to your webpage)
• Logo or name on every flyer
• 8 Free passes (one per active month, excluding Past Chairs Night) for an AWS Milwaukee event.

Silver Member: $250 per year
• Logo on our website (with a link to your webpage)
• Logo or name on every flyer

Bronze Member: $100 per year
• Logo on our website (with a link to your webpage)

NEW FOR 2014!

If you register for multiple years:

(Effective as of 2/1/2014) Gold Silver Bronze
1 year $500.00 $250.00 $100.00
2 years (10% discount) $900.00 $450.00 $180.00
3 years (10% discount) $1,350.00 $675.00 $270.00
4 years (15% discount) $1,700.00 $850.00 $340.00
5 years (15% discount) $2,125.00 $1,062.50 $425.00

Please contact Bob Dricken at for information on becoming a Patron Member.

You may also renew using PayPal below.

The AWS Milwaukee Section Board

GOLD Level


Special Note to Members

As a service to our membership, companies, students, and welders, the AWS Milwaukee Section is beginning a concerted effort to assist companies in reaching potential welding related employees. If you work for a company that is currently hiring welding related employees, we would ask that you email us what positions you are looking to fill, and whom to contact at your company. This information will be accessible through our Facebook page, our LinkedIn group, and our website, and to our local high school and apprenticeship contacts, at no cost to any AWS member.
The AWS Milwaukee Section Board

Anni VanDyke, Chair
Phone: 414.803.4511
Roger Warren, Vice Chair
Phone: 414.744.1706

Sue Silverstein, Secretary
Phone: 414.840.9935


Local Manufacturer Brightens Hospitalized Children's Holiday

On December 2nd, 2011, the management team at Steelwind
Industries participated in the Children's Hospital toy drive at the
Farm N' Fleet in Oak Creek sponsored by Sports Radio 1250.
Steelwind donated 14 shopping carts of assorted toys totaling


John F. Hinrichs - Board Member

Hinrichs, John F. Passed away after a long struggle with Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis on June 5, 2012, at the age of 78. Incredible husband of Patricia E. "Patti" (nee Illian) for nearly 52 years. Most loving Dad of Rob (Julie) Hinrichs and Susie (Terry) Weber. Beloved Papa of Heather and Haley Hinrichs; Austin, Rachel and Joshua Weber. John will be dearly missed by friends, colleagues and especially Tootsie Roll. As a mentor of many, his Engineering & Robotic's legacy continues. Memorials may be made to the American Welding Society John Hinrichs Memorial Endowed Scholarship, attn: S. Gentry, 550 N. W. LeJeune Rd., Miami, FL 33126 would be appreciated. Visitation Friday, June 8, 2012, at HOLY CROSS LUTHERAN CHURCH, W156 N8131 Pilgrim Rd., in Menomonee Falls, from 3PM until time of the Funeral Service at 7PM.

Please click here to view the obituary posted in the Milwaukee Journal sentinel.


Hans Werner Gerlach – Past Chairman 1984 AWS Milwaukee Section

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Gerlach, Hans Werner Of Oconomowoc, January 28, 2012. Born in Riddorf, Germany, on July 4, 1931. Beloved husband of the late Florence. Dear father of Chris (Keri) and Carl (Claire) Gerlach. Loving grandpa of Kirsten. Dear brother of Helmut, Ursula, Friedrich and the late Paul and late Edith. Fiance of Patricia Quartaro. Further survived by Pat's children Tony, Carrie, Mary and Andy and nieces, nephews other relatives and many friends. Masonic Services will be held Saturday, February 4, at 3:00PM, at Three Pillars-Wisconsin Masonic Home, 36225 Sunset Dr., Dousman, under the auspices of the Glenn L. Humphrey Lodge #364 F&AM. Visitation Saturday 1PM until time of the Services. In lieu of flowers, memorials to Shriner Hospital in Chicago appreciated. Private entombment Wisconsin Memorial Park. Hans was a member of the Glenn L. Humphrey Masonic Lodge #364 F&AM, Tripoli Shrine-Milwaukee and Scottish Rite-Milwaukee. He was President of Summit Metal Fabricating and a veteran of the Korean Conflict. Chairman of the American Welding Society – Milwaukee Section 1984. Proud to be an American.

Rodney Charles Behnke

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Rodney Charles Behnke, 65, of Waukesha, formerly of Baraboo, passed away unexpectedly Saturday, Dec. 3, 2011, at St. Luke's Medical Center in Milwaukee. He was born Oct. 30, 1946, in Madison, the son of August and Clara (Dykoff) Behnke.

Rod has been a long standing AWS Member, board member and Chair of our trap shooting events. We will miss him greatly.

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NRAWC 2015

AWS National Robotic Arc Welding Conference & Exhibition

Section 14 Board Contacts

Paul Fischer
Phone: 262.790.6940

Roger Warren
Phone: 414.744.1706

Sue Silverstein

Phone: 414.840.9935
Scott Lancelle

Phone: 414.768.5131
Dale Loiselle
Phone: 262.782.3653

Anni VanDyke
Bob Dricken
Phone: 262.783.1544
Nathan Liszewski
Phone: 414.364.3919

Roger Warren
Phone: 414.744.1706

Mark Koehler
Phone: 262.677.3589

Joe E. Campbell
Phone: 414.651.4395