Benson institutes on-the-job training for welders

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Benson International, in conjunction with Workforce WV, has instituted an on-the-job training program for workers who have a strong desire for a welding career, but have little or no experience. This program went into effect immediately, with the first individuals currently in their second week of the program.

Benson teamed with Workforce WV and acquired state grants to get the program up and running. “All that is required is a positive attitude and a strong work ethic,” says James Bolinger, plant superintendent. After 30 days of training, or upon successful completion of the welding test, the trainee will move into the position of Welder II. All equipment and supplies — including welding helmets, leather gloves, safety equipment and welding materials — will be provided during training.

In addition to working with Workforce WV, Benson International has helped sponsor a 40-hour welding class at West Virginia University at Parkersburg for the past several years. Benson helps supply the necessary materials to the college and supports the class in hopes of supplying qualified welders to the Mid-Ohio Valley — and, ideally, to Benson.

“It is a great opportunity for area folks to take the 40-hour welding class, and then upon completion, if they still need some fine-tuning, they are a prime candidate for our Workforce WV program here at Benson,” Bolinger says. “However, we encourage anyone to apply that has a desire for a career in welding.” All applicants may apply by contacting Bolinger at 304-489-9020, ext. 310; or via e-mail at

Benson International — a manufacturer of Class 6, 7, & 8 specialty trailers and bodies — has served the transportation industry for more than 40 years with four locations in Cadiz, Ky.; Mineral Wells, W.Va.; Meyersdale, Pa., and Oneida, Tenn.