MATHESON recently participated in the annual SkillsUSA Championship Competition held in Kansas City, Missouri. This year over 5,900 students participated in 94 contest events. Over 260 of these contestants competed in the welding categories.

MATHESON has a 19-year history of contributing manpower and products to SkillsUSA, and is the main sponsor of the welding competitions at the annual championships.

SkillsUSA is a national nonprofit organisation serving teachers and high school and college students who are preparing for careers in trade, technical and skilled service occupations.

The annual SkillsUSA Championships Event is the culmination of competitions held at local and state levels. In addition to the 5,900 students, nearly 1,500 judges and contest organisers from labor and management make the national event possible.

This year, MATHESON donated over 400 hours of labor and over $12,000 in expenses. In addition, MATHESON provided over 250 gas cylinders for use in the competitions.

Bob Klopnieski, Region Manager for MATHESON, said, “MATHESON is committed to supporting education in the trades and programs that keep our manufacturing base strong. Here at SkillsUSA, we enjoy having a big presence in the welding competitions, helping to ensure our future welders have the best equipment and supplies.”

“At MATHESON, we talk about our commitment to the community and Local Values – it is events like this one that give us an opportunity to walk the walk and demonstrate our support. It’s fun, and it’s important – to these young adults, the manufacturing industry and to the country.”

The winners of the various welding skills competitions – 10 in all – were awarded MATHESON Select® welding gear and supplies donated by MATHESON. The other participants in the welding skills competitions received coupons for discounts on future MATHESON Select® purchases.

About SkillsUSA

SkillsUSA is a partnership of students, teachers and industry working together to ensure America has a skilled workforce. SkillsUSA helps each student excel. SkillsUSA’s mission is to help its members become world-class workers, leaders and responsible American citizens.

SkillsUSA serves more than 300,000 students and instructors annually. SkillsUSA is organized into more than 17,000 sections and 52 state and territorial associations. More than 16,000 instructors and administrators are professional members of SkillsUSA.

MATHESON is a single source for industrial, medical, specialty and electronic gases, gas handling equipment, high performance purification systems, engineering and gas management services, and on-site gas generation with a mission to deliver innovative solutions for global customer requirements. MATHESON is the largest subsidiary of the Taiyo Nippon Sanso Corporation Group, the largest Japanese supplier of industrial gases and one of the five largest suppliers of industrial, specialty, and electronics gases in the world.