Welding industry pioneer and Lincoln Electric’s Employee of the Century, Omer W. Blodgett died on the 11th January, aged 99.

Omer Blodgett

Omer Blodgett

Blodgett, a world-renowned authority on the design of welded connections, spent 60 years working at Lincoln Electric, retiring as a senior design consultant. During his tenure, he authored numerous manuals and textbooks for the arc welding industry and his seminars on welding were known throughout the welding industry.

“We are indebted to Omer, who was a mentor to many,” says Christopher L. Mapes, Lincoln Electric’s chairman, president and chief executive officer. “He left a lasting legacy in our industry and will be fondly remembered with great honor. We extend our heartfelt condolences to his family.”

Blodgett became involved in welding when he struck his first arc at the age of 10 with his father’s Lincoln Stable-Arc welding machine in Minnesota. Through his high-school years, Blodgett worked as a welder at his father’s company and became certified as a welder for high-pressure applications in 1938.