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AWS appoints Pfarr as new Corporate Director to AWS Foundation

The American Welding Society (AWS), an organization dedicated to advancing the science, technology and application of welding, announced the appointment of Monica Pfarr as corporate director of the AWS Foundation Solutions Opportunity Squad (SOS).  In this role, Ms. Pfarr will spearhead the SOS, which is made up of AWS staff individuals who will consult with and build strategies for local AWS Sections, businesses and other organizations that have specific workforce development needs. The SOS was created as part of the AWS Foundation's Welder Workforce Development Program, which was launched in 2006 to contend with the growing shortage of skilled welders in the United States. It is estimated that there will be a shortage of at least 200,000 welders by 2010. Ms. Pfarr is a 20-year industry veteran with wide-ranging expertise in manufacturing systems development and operations management. For more information, visit or call 800 443-9353 (x416).