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Greetings AWS Milwaukee Section Members and Friends,
Join the AWS Milwaukee Section on Thursday, November 10th for a tour of Construction Forms, Inc.(Con Forms). Located in Port Washington, Wisconsin.

Con Forms leads the industry in quality concrete boom pipe, lay down pipe, tunnel concrete placer and bridge deck placer technologies. Con Forms manufactures concrete pump boom pipe systems, deck pipe systems, concrete placing systems, and offers a wide array of concrete pumping parts and accessories.
For more than 40 years, Construction Forms, Inc. has been a global leader in the development and manufacturing of concrete pumping pipe and placement systems. The company was founded in 1969, with the goal of engineering and producing a complete line of concrete pumping systems and accessories for the rapidly growing concrete pumping market.

Thursday, November 10th, 2016

Check in starts: 5:00 PM
Con Forms tour starts 5:30 to 5:45 PM
Presentation & Box Lunch w/ snacks 6:00pm

Student Cost (if registered online by November 5th): $10.00
At the door cost $12.00
AWS Member/Guest Cost (if registered online by November 5th): $15.00
At the door cost $16.00

Construction Forms, Inc.
777 Maritime Drive,
Port Washington, WI 53074

Please help us to plan for our event costs so that we can continue to build our scholarship fund and register in advance!
Or contact: Bill Peterson at
Or leaving a voice mail registration at 414-570-4462.

Early Registration (Register by Nov. 5th)

The AWS Milwaukee Section Board

Printable Notice


Renew your Patron Membership for 2016!

Dear Patron Member,

We have awarded a total of $3000 to three students in 2015. 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 2016!

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

Greetings AWS Milwaukee Section Members & Friends,

Please join us in congratulating the winner of the 2015 Excellence in Robotic and Automated Arc Welding Award, AWS Milwaukee Section member Jeffrey Noruk.

The field of candidates for this year was a Who’s Who in the world of robotic and automated welding manufacturing. Mr. Noruk’s influence and impact on the industry has promoted the use and purchase of thousands of robotic systems over his 30 plus years of service. It is with great pleasure that as members of the D16 Committee on Robotic and Automated Arc Welding we congratulate Jeff on his accomplishments and winning the ERAAW award for 2015. The stipend that comes with the winning of the award will be presented at the National Robotic Arc Welding Conference in Milwaukee, WI in June. The plaque that comes with the award will be presented to Jeff at the annual AWS Awards Banquet during the FABTECH/AWS show in November of this year.

Thank you,
The AWS Milwaukee Section Board

Date posted: April 27, 2015



Women in Mfg - Interview with Sue Silverstein

Please click here to read the interview.

The AWS Milwaukee Section Board

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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P.O. Box 453
Hales Corner, WI 53130

Section 14 Board Contacts

Nathan Liszewski
Phone: 414-364-3919

Sue Silverstein
Phone: 414.840.9935

Elsa Hernandez
Phone: 414-687-9544

Dale Loiselle
Phone: 414-712-4687

Paul Fischer
Phone: 262-790-6940

Bob Dricken
Phone: 414.456.5368

Stephanie Ashby
Phone: 414-248-6325

Jim Potter
Phone: 262-349-3563

Mark Koehler
Phone: 262-353-1167

Joe E. Campbell
Phone: 414-651-4395

Karen Gilgenbach
Phone: 262-613-3790