ESAB Sponsors 3rd Annual Welding Rodeo

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ESAB will sponsor the 3rd Annual Welding Rodeo at Florence-Darlington Technical College on Saturday, March 31, 2012.

ESAB Welding & Cutting Products is sponsoring the 3rd Annual Welding Sculpture Competition on the SiMT campus at Florence-Darlington Technical College on Saturday, March 31, 2012.

The FDTC Welding Rodeo brings teams of experienced craftsmen together and challenges them to create artwork out of scrap metal in just 8 hours. Each team of 4 welders must create a full-scale metal sculpture using welding equipment provided by ESAB, donated steel scrap materials, and their own creativity. The theme for the 2012 competition is “South Carolina.”

At the end of the competition, an independent panel of jurors will judge the sculptures, with prizes awarded to the top teams. The winning sculptures will be publicly displayed on the FDTC campus. All sculptures will be available for purchase by the public during a live auction. The proceeds from the auction will benefit the FDTC Welding Technology Student Scholarship Fund.

“This is an event for the entire community,” said Sue Bartholomew, Marketing Director for ESAB North America. “There will be food, entertainment, and lots to see – it’s a great activity for families, and anyone who wants to see some amazing sculptures.”

The teams will be “diving for scrap” at 7:30 a.m., Saturday, March 31, and fabrication begins at 8:00 a.m. Food vendors will be on site, and the Palmetto Cruisers will feature a Classic Car and Cycle Show.

“ESAB has been involved every year,” said Bartholomew. “We love to see what the teams come up with – it’s truly a unique event that you don’t want to miss.”

There is no admission fee to attend the Welding Rodeo, and it is open to the public. To learn more about the 2012 Welding Rodeo, visit

With more than 100 years of experience, ESAB Welding & Cutting Products is one of the world’s largest and most skilled manufacturers of welding and cutting equipment and welding filler metals. Recognized as the technological leader in the industry, ESAB is committed to providing customized solutions for their customers. For more information, visit or call 1-800-ESAB123.

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