Race to the Finish – and Looking to the Future

2017 was a year of growth and development not just for PFERD, but for the communities we serve. We took part in numerous events with a mission of sharing knowledge and building excitement around the US manufacturing sector.

Encouraging the Next Generation of Manufacturers

Throughout the year, we donated time and materials to students interested in welding and other industrial professions. In February we donated products and prizes for Sequoyah High School’s 8th Annual Welding Competition. The event was hosted by the American Welding Society’s Chattanooga Section and featured dozens of student entrants.

We also sponsored a SkillsUSA WorldTeam welding competitor, who placed 5th overall in the event. The WorldSkills Competition took place in October in Dubai, and a team of 11 US competitors from around the country participated, bringing home four Medallions of Excellence.

Manufacturing Day Tour
Students Take Part in MFG Day

Our support of youth in the manufacturing sector also meant hosting a Manufacturing Day event on October 6th. We had about 120 students attend our open house and career fair to learn about our different departments and opportunities. They also got to use some tools – with proper safety precautions!

Supporting Women in STEM

While extensive efforts are being made to recruit young people in the manufacturing sector, the skills gap remains a challenge. There’s the added challenge of showing young women that they can have rewarding careers in the industrial world.

Over the summer, we hired two female engineering interns to assist with key engineering projects including designing tooling molds and identifying methods to increase production efficiencies on the shop floor. Both interns added value to our team, making strong contributions during their time at PFERD.

Reaching Out to Fabricators

Toward the end of 2017 PFERD was busy preparing for and attending two major events – FABTECH and the PRI Trade Show.

PFERD Demonstration at FABTECH

FABTECH 2017 is a key platform for us to highlight the solutions and value PFERD products bring to the metalworking industry and this year’s show was a great success! At this year’s show  we incorporated gamification as one of our marketing strategies with – PFERD DERBY! This was a web-based application that rewarded participants based on the number of challenges they completed. In the end, we had three top winners:

  • 1st prize – Drew Painter – Equipment & Lab Specialist, Mid-State Technical College (Wisconsin Rapids, WI)
  • 2nd prize – Hallie Madole – Student, Truckee Meadows Community College (Reno, NV)
  • 3rd prize – Aaron Wulk – Welding Instructor, Mid-State Technical College (WI)

The 30th annual Performance Racing Industry (PRI) Trade Show was another high point in our year. We met with fabricators and other professionals in the racing industry to highlight our offering to this market and introduce product lines that fit well for this production niche.

Planning for the Future

As we begin the next chapter in 2018, we’re already looking forward to new opportunities for growth. Keep checking back to see what we have planned for the year ahead. And if you have any ideas for how we can get involved in your projects, let us know!


Get “Down and Derby” with PFERD at FABTECH!

From November 6-9, 2017, PFERD will join thousands of fabricating /welding exhibitors and attendees at FABTECH 2017. The event will take place at McCormick Place in Chicago, and brings together suppliers and industry professionals looking for the latest metalworking products and technologies.  Stop by PFERD’s booth, B17025, located in the North Hall.

As a top manufacturer of metal cutting and finishing products, PFERD will have representatives on-site to introduce attendees to our innovative range of solutions.  But we also wanted to raise the stakes this year, and build more excitement around the event. To do this, we’ve launched the PFERD DERBY app for participants!

PFERD DERBY – Race to the Finish

PFERD DERBY is a web-based app where players accumulate points based on successfully completing challenges we’ve put together. To sign up, attendees can link their LinkedIn accounts through the online app, or create an account separately. To encourage participation, each person who signs up will automatically win a prize! Sign up ahead of time, or while at FABTECH by going to pferdusa.com/derby.  All you have to do is stop by our booth, show us that you’ve signed up and we’ll award you a participation prize.

Throughout FABTECH, there will be a number of opportunities to earn points for completing the PFERD DERBY challenges. Completion passcodes can be found

PFERD Demonstration at FABTECH 2016

around our booth at the show, by interacting with booth personnel and within our social media posts (so be sure to follow us online and check our posts frequently for updates!). Participants should search for the #PFERDDERBY hashtag on Twitter, and strike up conversations with our staff obtain the passcodes and compete for the highest score!

We’ll have an in-game leaderboard in our booth to track your progress against other participants in real-time. By the end of FABTECH on November 9th, we’ll award prizes to the players with the top 3 scores. If you win but are not present, we’ll follow up with you to ensure you get your well-earned prize.  For additional details including game rules, terms and conditions click here.


After the close of the show on November 9th, the top 3 highest-scoring participants will be awarded the following prizes:

1st Place: $1,500 AMEX Gift Card

2nd Place: $750 AMEX Gift Card

3rd Place: $500 AMEX Gift Card

We look forward to seeing you at the show and working with you to complete the PFERD DERBY challenges. If you have any questions before the show, details can be found at pferdusa.com/.
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