An unidentified welder at the United Auto Workers’ National Training Center at the DaimlerChrysler headquarters in Warren, Mich., uses Thermadyne arc welding equipment. Thermadyne Industries is the exclusive provider of welding equipment for the automaker.


Thermadyne Industries Inc. has become the single source provider of welding equipment for training at the United Auto Workers’ National Training Center for DaimlerChrysler in Warren, Mich.

“Thermadyne is pleased to be partnering with DaimlerChrysler, one of the world’s premier automobile manufacturers,” said Paul Melnuk, Thermadyne chairman and CEO. “DaimlerChrysler’s decision to expand its welding training capabilities further demonstrates its commitment to excellence. It is utilizing the highest level of technology available in the welding market today to advance the automotive industry. We are honored that DaimlerChrysler has chosen Thermadyne to be its training equipment provider.”

The training facility features 12 welding stations and two cutting stations, and equipment from Thermadyne’s Thermal Arc, Thermal Dynamics, Victor and Tweco product lines. The equipment is being used by a variety of DaimlerChrysler employees, including line workers and tradesmen.

Approximately 650 individuals annually are trained at the facility where they receive safety presentation and welder certification.

Thermadyne is also involved with DaimlerChrysler’s facility in Toledo, Ohio, where Thermal Arc’s PowerMaster 500 and 500P products make helium-tested, leak-free welds in torque converters. Employees at this facility use the Thermadyne Ultima 150 to weld the counter balance on their torque converters so that they are balanced and ready to put on vehicles.