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Miller Electric Mfg. Co. Announces Results of Online Welding Hero Voting

Miller Electric Mfg. Co. is proud to announce the results of live online voting at for the “Nominate a Hero” promotion.

Welding Hero highlights:

  • The three winners announced.
  • Kay Minto – An artist specializing in TIG welded metal art from Eagleville, Calif., Kay’s work has been shown around the world; a fact her grandkids are very proud of!
  • Carl Offenbacher – Working with the U.S. military in Afghanistan from Jacksonville, Ore., Carl helps ensure the safety of our troops.
  • Steven George – Living in Fairbanks, Alaska, this welder once worked a corporate desk job but traded it in for a welding torch.

APPLETON, Wis. — August 13, 2012 — Miller Electric Mfg. Co. is proud to announce the results of live online voting at for the “Nominate a Hero” promotion. After more than 11,000 online votes were cast, three welders have been voted the winners of the everyday welding heroes in the campaign. The winners include a 70-year-old grandmother, a contractor keeping the military fleet safe in Afghanistan and a former corporate manager who chose to become a welder.


The winners are:

  • Kay Minto. Kay was nominated by her son Tyler. She has been TIG welding for 28 years. Tyler points out his mom is a 70-year-old grandmother living in Eagleville, Calif. who finds time to create internationally shown welded art. She is also a great teacher and mentor to younger welders. 
  • Carl Offenbacher. Carl is working with a contractor in Afghanistan assisting with the U.S. military fleet, keeping the armed vehicles safe and on the road with Force Protection. Nominated by his daughter Annie, Carl is also an active welder in his hometown of Jacksonville, Ore.
  • Steven George. Steven quit his corporate job to move to Fairbanks, Alaska, and become a welder. According to his friend and nominator, Ulf Jonsson, Steven has quickly made a name for himself as a meticulous and quality-conscious welder.


“This is very special for Miller to be able to recognize these three individuals, chosen by the fans of Miller,” said Vickie Rhiner, brand manger at Miller. “While all three are experienced welders, they have diverse backgrounds and great stories that represent that range of welding and the great opportunity welding provides for a career.” 


These three welders and their nominators will be treated to a Hero’s event at the Miller headquarters in Appleton in September. They will tour the worldwide headquarters of Miller Electric Mfg. Co. as well as receive prize packages of welding equipment and the latest in Miller Arc Armor® safety gear.


Look for updates and see videos from the heroes’ visit to Miller this September. The contest has been an opportunity for Miller to highlight and celebrate all welders and the profession of welding.

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