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Finding Yourself in the Trades

IBEW’s 2019 apprentice of the year shows benefits of an often-unconsidered industry “Four years ago, my whole game plan was I was gonna become a pharmacist. I worked in pharmacy….it didn’t fit my soul. None of it fit my soul, none of it felt rewarding. I didn’t know what I was going to do, and […]

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Welding human

Are robots, or humans, the future of welding?   “No human blacksmith can deal with parts the size of aircraft landing gear or have the reproducibility and stamina to make the parts needed for our economy….The idea of robotic blacksmithing is to extend the blacksmith’s art with new digital capabilities. ”  So writes Glenn S. […]

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The Urban Alchemist

A preview of this month’s Reader Profile Rick McMullen, founder of The Urban Alchemist, a small business based in Evington, Va., has taken the basics of direct current and done with them what some would consider true innovation—integrated electricity into the world around him, by using the objects it has to offer. His homemade lamps […]

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Dispatch from a hurricane disaster area When Hurricane Maria made landfall in Puerto Rico September 19, the island had already experienced catastrophic damage and power outages from two hurricanes in two previous weeks. In terms of nature’s unforgiving force, worse was still to come. In terms of human recovery, the worst was far off.  In […]

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Sealing the Deal

Gaddis executive has done it all, from hamburgers to mechanical seals John Griffin certainly isn’t your average salesman. The 63-year old account executive currently works for Gaddis, Inc., the Hilton Head, S.C.-based mechanical seals manufacturer. His routine involves making sales calls and occasional travelling. But prior to joining Gaddis about four years ago, he owned and […]

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