Weiler Abrasives Group Partners with Workshops for Warriors® to Launch “Leading A Warriors’ Charge” Campaign

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Weiler donates $25,000 to nonprofit that trains veterans for advanced manufacturing careers

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Nate Schmid | Director, Marketing - Americas | Weiler Abrasives Group

Bringing veterans back into the workforce after they have served and training them for careers in welding and CNC machining is so important...

Weiler Abrasives Group, a leading provider of abrasives, power brushes and maintenance products for surface conditioning, today announced the launch of a national fundraising campaign, "Leading A Warriors’ Charge," in partnership with Workshops for Warriors®, a nonprofit school that trains, certifies and helps place veterans, wounded warriors and transitioning service members into advanced manufacturing careers. Weiler donated $25,000 to kick off the year-long campaign that will support machining and welding training programs at the nonprofit trade school, as well as contribute to long-term growth of the organization.

“Weiler believes in the value of the Workshops for Warriors cause and is pleased to support it,” said Nate Schmid, director of marketing — Americas, Weiler Abrasives Group. “Bringing veterans back into the workforce after they have served and training them for careers in welding and CNC machining is so important, both for their livelihoods and for our industry, as we face a major gap in the technical trades across the U.S.”

Workshops for Warriors solves two systemic issues: rebuilding America’s advanced manufacturing talent workforce and ensuring service members and veterans successfully transition into viable, upwardly mobile civilian careers.

Weiler has been providing Workshops for Warriors with in-kind support since 2014, supplying abrasive products and safety products to meet the needs of each incoming class every semester. The company plans to continue offering this support. Weiler will also be showcasing its ongoing support for Workshops for Warriors through "Leading A Warriors’ Charge", a nationwide fundraising campaign that includes promotion at trade shows, partnership-branded product packaging and more.

“Weiler has been a great supporter of ours since the outset,” said Lyle Palm, dean of welding at Workshops for Warriors. “They’ve gone the extra mile with this campaign. It’s an honor to partner with a company that genuinely believes in what we’re doing.”

Recognized as the leader in advanced manufacturing training for veterans in the United States, the Workshops for Warriors program is a nationally scalable and repeatable model that enables veterans and transitioning service members to overcome employment obstacles and enter into lucrative careers as welders, fabricators, CNC machinists, CNC mill and CNC lathe operators, computer-aided designers and CNC programmers throughout America.

Since its inception in 2008, Workshops for Warriors has trained and certified 496 veterans, wounded warriors and transitioning service members, awarding more than 3,000 nationally recognized third-party credentials. In 2017, 94 percent of the school’s graduates obtained jobs in advanced manufacturing after completing the program.

Through the "Leading A Warriors’ Charge" campaign, Weiler will garner support to enable Workshops for Warriors to train four times as many students — and help the organization achieve its goal of “Rebuilding American Manufacturing One Veteran at a Time™."

To learn more about this initiative, visit the "Leading A Warriors’ Charge" campaign page on the Weiler Abrasives Group website.

About Weiler Abrasives Group

As an industry leader and global manufacturer of surface conditioning solutions, Weiler Abrasives Group is dedicated to forging collaborative relationships with our customers in diverse markets — Metal Fabrication; Industrial Production; and Maintenance, Repair & Operations — to tackle their toughest cleaning, grinding, cutting, de-burring and finishing challenges. Weiler Corporation, One Weiler Dr., Cresco, Pa., 18326-0149 • (800) 835-9999 • http://www.weilercorp.com.

About Workshops for Warriors

The mission of Workshops for Warriors is to provide quality hands-on training, STEM educational programs and opportunities to earn third-party nationally recognized credentials to enable veterans, transitioning service members and other students to be successfully trained and placed in their chosen advanced manufacturing career field. To learn about enrollment or donating to help support the program and its mission, visit our website. Additional information can be found on our Facebook and Twitter pages.

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