Indiana Oxygen beat about 600 other distributors nationwide to win the Image of Welding Award 2006 given by the American Welding Society (AWS) and the Welding Equipment Manufacturer's Committee (WEMCO).

The award is issued annually to industry professionals and organization that show exemplary dedication to promoting the image of welding in their communities. The company won the distributors award category.

Promotion of welding in communities is a very important factor for the future aging infrastructure. According to the source Inside Indiana Business, the average age of welders is estimated at 54 years.

The shortage of younger skilled workers is a large challenge for the welding industry. Therefore, Indiana Oxygen remains heavily involved in community events promoting welding education.

Graduates will receive higher paid positions as a result of supply and demand.