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Join the AWS Milwaukee Section on December 7th, Thursday,

For our annual Past Chairmen Night!

Enjoy a night of demos from our local blacksmith and reality TV show Milwaukee Blacksmith followed by dinner and Blues Band Johnny T-Bird and the MP’s at Puddler's Hall's.

Family owned and operated by Kent and Shannon Knapp and their 6 children. The Knapp family prides themselves on creating hand crafted iron work that is functional and beautiful. Their ideas or yours, almost anything is possible in iron. Have an idea you want to see through yourself? Come learn about how to take classes or to be an apprentice as you get a tour of their facilities.

Schedule Check in 5:00 to 5:30 PM
Milwaukee Blacksmith
3073 s. Chase Ave. Bldg #24,
Milwaukee, WI 53207
(Parking lot entrance on Oklahoma Ave. Hard left in lot to Bldg. 24)

Dinner time 6:45pm
Dinner at Puddler's Hall after
2461 S St Clair St,
Milwaukee, WI 53207

Johnny T-Bird & the MPs Musical Performance at 7pm

Student Cost (if registered online by December 5th): $15.00 At the door cost $20.00
AWS Member/Guest Cost (if registered online by December 5th): $20.00 At the door cost $25.00

Past Chairman and their 1 guest are free. Just call to RSVP

Help us grow the future of the Milwaukee welding community . . . volunteer to sponsor a welding student’s attendance at this event!

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

If you would like to access the American Welding Society- Milwaukee Section webpage please go to:

You can now register and pay online through our website!

Cost (Early Registration by Dec.5th)

Registering and paying in advance on our website:

Or contacting: Stephanie Ashby at, or leaving a voice mail registration at 414-248-6325.

Printable Notice


Mark your calendar with the list of upcoming AWS Milwaukee Section events. There is lots of exciting stuff to still be a part of.

Take notice and prepare, the AWS Job Fair is coming up. We still have a few more openings for potential employers to get reservations. In the meantime welders and those in weld related fields should start updating their resume now. This event has been made for you and has been asked for by many companies and members.

Contact your section chairman Nathan Liszewski 414-364-3919 if you have any questions about upcoming events.

9/21/17óMax Weiss Company

October (2 Events)
10/14/17 Memorial Clay Shoot, Wern Valley
10/19/17 Bucks Arena Jobsite tour

11/8/17---Fabtech Charter busses

12/7/17- Past chairs night, Milwaukee Blacksmith

1/25, 2018 - Bruno, Occonomowoc



Job Fair & Scholarship night

Find us on Facebook: Friends of AWS Milwaukee

We hope to see you there!
The AWS Milwaukee Section Board

Printable Notice


Patron Sponsorship for 2018

Dear Patron Sponsors,

This is what we have accomplished in 2017. We awarded 8 students with a total scholarship amount of $5000. We would like to continue with this effort but we will please need your help for 2018.

The generous support we receive from you, our Patron Sponsors is how we have and will continue to be impactful to students pursuing an education and a career in welding. We believe strongly that the scholarships awarded help the students with financial assistance for their education in Welding.

We feature all our paid sponsors with a link to their webpage on our website. We hope that you will take a quick moment to look at this, as these companies' efforts are greatly appreciated.

Thanks again for your support.

We now offer the following options:

Gold Sponsor: $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.

NEW--Option to add a 1 color company logo advertised on the back of the AWS Section T-shirt

Silver Sponsor: $250 per year
• Logo on our website (with a link to your webpage)

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

When you register for multiple years you get a discount:

  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 Basil E. Wilber at for information on becoming a Patron Sponsor.

Please renew using PayPal below.

The AWS Milwaukee Section Board

GOLD Level
Would you like to add your company logo to the T-shirt?

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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 L. Uebele

John L. Uebele, age 69, of Pewaukee, has found eternal peace.

John was born in Milwaukee, the second oldest of five siblings to Myron A. Uebele (d. 2009), and Rosemary L. (Alleman) Uebele (d. 1964). The family moved to Grandma Alleman’s Farm in Waterford.

The children attended St. Thomas Catholic School and Waterford High School. John graduated from UW-Stout in 1968 and married his first love, Karen McComish (d. 1972), in August 1969. She preceded him in death in February of 1972 after only three years together. He left Fennimore and accepted a teaching job at WCTC. He devoted his life to teaching auto body, auto mechanics and welding for 43 years.

In February of 2009 he became reacquainted with a former welding student, E. Linda Chavez. They married in November 2013. As a loving and devoted wife, Linda brought many new adventures in travel and seeing a different side of family and life. John became a Certified Weld Inspector and Educator (CWI CWE) for the state of Wisconsin. He visited many industries through his Welder Certification and Welder Procedures.

Some of his projects were WE Power Plant, Miller Park, and the Zoo Interchange. He qualified Iron Workers Local 8, Steam and Pipe Fitters. He also loved working with the students from Slinger High School.

He was honored to be called, and usually dropped what he was doing to write a procedure, or inspect a job with critical deadlines and test new welders. His wife called him a fireman. He planned his day by how many (fire) calls he received. He never had a schedule, just jumped when called. He loved being needed. He also loved fixing things. He often found good deals on lost causes of machinery, forklifts, tractors and mowers. He could fix anything.

He could make an engine hum and purr after sitting in a field all winter. He could see the diamond in the rough, by reusing, repurposing and recycling anything. He spent all his free time collecting, fixing and teaching. He attended Jefferson Swap Meets, and Iola annually.

Although he had no children of his own, he became very close with many students and friends. He valued their hard work and they touched his heart, among them: Vince S., John The Greek, Chewy, Gil Stevie, Dave A., Herb, Jeff, Brew Boys, Larry, Joe, Mike, Jim, Mark, Ricky Tarkis, Lenny, Scott, Levi, Ronald, Pedro, Pablo, and many, many more. Also surviving him is loving wife E. Linda Uebele, siblings: James (Helen) Uebele, Margaret (Henry) Posbrig, Lawrence, Allen, and David (Kathy), as well as nieces and nephews Chad (Jana) Uebele, Erin (Kevin) Switalski, Lindsey (Joseph) Moser, Daniel and James (Stephanie) Posbrig, and sister-in-law Joyce McCormish.

Visitation will be Tuesday, Jan. 3, 2017, from 4:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. at Randle Dable Brisk Funeral Home, 1110 S. Grand Ave., Waukesha, WI 53186. Services will continue on Wednesday, Jan. 4, 2017, with a funeral procession leaving the funeral home at 9:30 en route to Crossroads Church, N27-W26541 Prospect Ave., Pewaukee, WI 53072, where the funeral service will begin at 10:30 a.m. The Rev. Steve Brinkman will be presiding. Graveside services will follow at Prairie Home Cemetery.

Randle-Dable-Brisk Funeral Home, Crematory and Preplanning Services is honored to serve the family. For further information, please call the funeral home at 262-5474035 or visit for directions or to leave the family an online tribute message.


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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2225 S 116th St
Milwaukee, WI 53227

Mailing Address

American Welding Society - Milwaukee Section
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

Basil E. Wilber
Phone: 262-473-9972

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