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Greetings AWS Northwestern Pennsylvania Section Members and Friends,

Below you will find the details for our upcoming meeting.

Wednesday, March 16, 2016
6:00 PM

Custom Engineering Co.
2800 McClelland Ave.
Erie, PA 16510

This meeting is open to everyone.


Pizzas will be provided.

Erick Speer, CWI Welding Engineer


Erick serves as the Welding Engineer at Custom Engineering Company. In this role he oversees all welding operations and is the contact between the customer and the shop floor. He also serves as the Quality Control Manager for ASME Section VIII Div. 1 pressure vessel fabrications. Erick is a graduate of Pennsylvania College of Technology where he earned his Bachelor of Science Degree in Welding and Fabrication Engineering Technology. Erick is an eight year member of the American Welding Society and currently serves as the Secretary for the Northwestern PA Section here in Erie. He also holds a QC1 certification as a Certified Welding Inspector through the AWS.

Custom Engineering Co. has been in operation since 1954 specializing in medium to large fabrication and machining work. As our name implies, we enjoy the challenge of custom jobs, and we have invested in the technology to complete them on time and on budget. In fact, we have the experience, enthusiasm, and equipment to do custom manufacturing jobs that no other company can do. Custom is ISO-9001:2008 certified and holds ASME U & S stamps along with National Board NB & R stamps.

Custom Engineering Co. manufactures heating platens, hydraulic presses, baseplates for power generation, and pressure vessels. Our skilled workforce of nearly 130 has a proven performance record in satisfying diverse needs of customers around the globe, customers who are world leaders in the transportation, power generation, steel, air compression, chemical processing, petrochemical, forest products, plastics, aerospace, and laminate industries.

Custom Engineering Co. is the largest company in Custom Group Industries. Custom Group Industries is comprised of three companies; Custom Engineering Co., Lamjen Inc., and Venango Machine Co. Each company has its own unique and specialized areas of manufacturing.

Lamjen Inc. is known for their precision machining and volume runs, and is an ISO-9001:2008 certified company.

Venango Machine Co. is a leader in producing specialized smaller platens and control systems. They offer blanchard grinding, milling and deep hole drill services as well.


The monthly meetings are a platform to ask all members and interested parties to join us and give your input on what you would like to see happen with the Northwestern PA Section. We will be soliciting ideas for speakers & events for future AWS meetings. This would be a good opportunity to let us know of welding subjects that are of interest or that you need assistance in. 

** If there are any of you out there that are within the Northwestern PA Section’s boundaries that are registered with other sections (Pittsburgh, Drake Well, & Mahoning Valley) & you are not participating with your current section, I would encourage you to change your registration to the Northwestern Pa Section #060 by calling AWS at 1-800-443-9353 ext. 480 & come join us with our meetings & events.**

There are a lot of welding-related employers in this area, but we don't see many of them at our meetings. It would be to their benefit to be a part of the AWS Northwestern PA Section, so if you know of someone in this category that is not attending our meetings, talk to them & bring them along on the next one. 

Please note meetings may be subject to change agenda and/or location. We will notify electronically the email group and by regular mail to those without email, as time allows.

As you are aware, we have lost almost a generation of young people in the welding profession as they were directed to other career & education choices. If you know of anyone unemployed or underemployed, please direct them towards Welding Training to move them into a career that will get & keep them employed & pay them well. We have many such schools in our area such as Fortis Institute, Erie Institute of Technology, Regional Career and Technical Center all in Erie, PMI in Meadville, Triangle Tech in Dubois, New Castle School of Trades in New Castle, Lincoln Weld School in Cleveland, as well as the Vocational Technical Schools in Meadville & Erie. See one of the Board Members or go to their Web Sites for additional info.

Thank you and we all look forward to seeing/meeting you at the meeting.

Tom Kostreba

Donna Bastian
1st Vice Chair

Erick Speer

Marty Siddall

Jason Neff
Technical Chair

P.S. - Bring business cards and make some new contacts and catch up with some old ones. Please make sure that you give us a card also.

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Date posted: March 9, 2016