Lincoln Electric Donates Equipment to Help Warfighter Made Organization

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08 July 2015

Lincoln Electric Donates Equipment to Help Warfighter Made Organization

Welding equipment will be used to adapt vehicles for injured service members and veteran

Warfighter Made co-founder Butch Lynch, injured warfighter Nick Kimmel, injured warfighter Juan Dominguez, co-founder Rob Blanton and Marine veteran Ben Faler, with Warfighter Made's donated Lincoln Electric equipment – a plasma cutter, MIG and TIG welders.


Warfighter Made's Polaris RZR. Polaris donated a total of four RZRs for use in the organization's recreational therapy programs. The RZR shown here was built by Desert Works, with donations from Dirt Engineered, Race Line Wheels, GBC Motorsports, Baja Designs, Crow Enterpizes, Whip Tech, Axis Rod Ends, Gibson Exhaust, Lucas Oil, Rotopax, Proline Wraps, K&N Filters, Assault Industries, and Kicker. It has been adapted with hand controls, so an injured warfighter who has issues with their legs can safely operate it.
 


Injured warfighter Mike Fox, who lost both his legs in Afghanistan while conducting combat operations as a Marine in 2011, puts the Warfighter Made Polaris RZR through its paces in Moab, Utah. This RZR was built by Desert Works and fitted with hand controls so Mike could safely operate it.


Injured warfighter Mike Fox, who lost both his legs in Afghanistan while conducting combat operations as a Marine in 2011, stands by the Warfighter Made Polaris RZR with his wife, Erica.

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ClevelandLincoln Electric recently donated welding equipment to Warfighter Made, a non-profit organization that adapts cars, trucks, motorcycles and off-road vehicles for ill, injured and combat-wounded service members and veterans. The donated equipment, which includes a Precision TIG® 375 Ready-Pak®, a Tomahawk® 625 Plasma Cutter, and a POWER MIG® 256 MIG Welder One-Pak®, will be used to modify and customize vehicles for use by service members injured in combat and veterans so that they can continue doing things they love.
 
Some of the service members and veterans that Warfighter Made supports have prosthetic arms and legs due to injuries sustained while fighting overseas, so their vehicles must be altered to meet their specific needs. Warfighter Made steps in and helps make this happen. The organization also invites injured service members and veterans to participate in the build of Warfighter Made projects. Some of the final pieces are eventually auctioned off with all proceeds going back to the Warfighter Made Project Fund.

Mickey Holmes, manager of Sports Marketing at Lincoln Electric, met two of the Warfighter Made co-founders, Brian Meyer and Robert Blanton, both retired United States Marines, at the SEMA show in Las Vegas. They were looking for a welding partner for their charitable organization.

“Once Brian and Robert explained the organization’s goals to me, I knew that Lincoln Electric could assist with this wonderful outreach program,” Holmes says.
 
Lincoln Electric already has a long, established history with U.S. Armed Forces. For roughly six years, Lincoln Electric has participated in the U.S. Army’s Training With Industry (TWI) program, where an enlisted Army soldier reports to work at Lincoln Electric for one year. During this period, the soldier gains knowledge and skills to help advance welding practices in the military. The program has been so successful at Lincoln Electric that it was expanded in 2013 to include a warrant officer.
 
“Warfighter Made is just another way for Lincoln Electric to support our men and women in uniform,” Holmes says. “We are grateful to be able to give back to some of the brave service members who have sacrificed themselves to help protect our country.”
 
To learn more about Warfighter Made, please go to their website: http://www.warfightermade.org/, or Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/WarfighterMade.
 
Lincoln Electric is the world leader in the design, development and manufacture of arc welding products, robotic arc welding systems, plasma and oxy-fuel cutting equipment and has a leading global position in the brazing and soldering alloys market. Headquartered in Cleveland, Ohio, Lincoln has 47 manufacturing locations, including operations and joint ventures in 19 countries and a worldwide network of distributors and sales offices covering more than 160 countries. For more information about Lincoln Electric and its products and services, visit the company's website at www.lincolnelectric.com.
 
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