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Profiled Company:

Energy Partners Ltd.
New Orleans, LA

We are an independent oil and natural gas exploration and production company. Our current operations are concentrated in the shallow to moderate depth waters in the Gulf of Mexico focusing on the areas offshore Louisiana as well as the deepwater Gulf of Mexico in depths less than 5,000 feet. Our management team has extensive energy industry experience, many with large energy companies. We have assembled a team of geoscientists and management professionals with considerable region-specific geological, geophysical, technical and operational experience. We were incorporated in January, 1998, and are listed on the New York Stock Exchange under the ticker symbol EPL.

Profiled Company:

WESCO Gas & Welding Supply Inc.
Prichard, AL

This year WESCO celebrates 48 years of service and continues to practice the same simple philosophy as they did many years ago: the customers always 'Expects the Best' service, before and after the sale.

Profiled Company:

J.P. Nissen Company
Glenside, PA

The J.P. Nissen Company was founded in 1923 to manufacture markers for the textile industry. Nissen is a privately-held company which is still owned by the founding family. Since 1923, our product line has been continuously expanded to include markers for all industrial purposes, but most especially for the metal-marking industry.


1. NASCAR — Long before the rubber hits the road, roughly 950 man-hours are spent on welding and fabrication for each race car. Hundreds of parts are hand-cut, welded and machined, from the chassis and suspension to the drivetrain.

2. In 1961, General Motors installed the first industrial robot in history, the Unimate. Featuring a motorized arm that weighed more than two tons, the Unimate performed spot welds by following step-by-step commands stored on a magnetic drum.

3. Which famous comedian has a large antique car and motorcycle collection and employs welders regularly?
Jay Leno! His large collection includes models from the early 1900s to modern vehicles.

4. Explosion welding is a powerful welding process that can accomplish what many other welding methods can’t—it can join nearly every kind of metal together, even the most highly dissimilar ones.

5. Welding in space was first attempted in 1969 by Russian cosmonauts. Today, advances in welding technology have made it essential for projects like the construction of the International Space Station.

6. President Roosevelt, in a letter to Prime Minister Winston Churchill, boasted about the discovery of new welding techniques that enabled America to build ships with a speed unequaled in the history of shipbuilding.

7. The first car made with an entirely plastic body was assembled using ultrasonic welding. Even though plastic cars did not catch on, ultrasonic welding did. Ultrasonic plastic welding is an example of a friction welding process, which creates energy through high-intensity acoustic sounds that cause plastic pieces to vibrate together and form a bond.

8. Did you know that if two pieces of metal touch in space, they become permanently stuck together? This may sound unbelievable, but it is true. Two pieces of metal without any coating on them will form into one piece in the vacuum of space. This doesn’t happen on Earth because the atmosphere puts a layer of oxidized material between the surfaces.

9. More than 50% of U.S. products require welding. Do you know which of the following products rely on welding?
  • Race cars
  • Bridges
  • Ships
  • Computers
  • Medical devices
  • Oil rigs
  • Farm equipment
  • Cell phones
  • Scooters
  • MP3 players
Answer: All of them

10. What is a “fume plume”?
It is the visible column of fume that rises directly from the spot of welding or cutting.

11. The current record for the world’s deepest underwater dry weld, which is carried out in a chamber sealed around the structure to be welded, was set by Global Industries in 1990, at 1,075 ft. deep. But that is only half as deep as the world’s record wet weld, set by the U.S. Navy in 2005, at 2,000 ft. deep. Wet welding is performed underwater, directly exposed to the watery environment.

12. The earliest recorded welds occured in 3,500 B.C., the Bronze-Age. Pictures of welders and their ancient tools have been discovered in long-sealed Egyptian tombs!
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