Southwest Gas donates arc welder to WNC

Courtesy Steve Yingling, Western Nevada College

Western Nevada College’s Welding Technology program recently received a donation that will help welding students become more versed and marketable in the future.

Southwest Gas donated a Lincoln 300 Classic arc welder to the WNC Foundation that professor Randy Naylor will be able to use in his welding classes in the Andy Butti Welding Technology Center.

Photo courtesy WNC
Southwest Gas recently donated a Lincoln 300 Classic arc welder to Western Nevada College. From left are David Kelly, Southwest Gas Supervisor/Division Administration; Brad Harris, Southwest Gas Vice President/Northern Nevada; Matthew Helmers, Southwest Gas Director/District Operations; WNC President Chet Burton; Carrie Heglund, Southwest Gas Manager/District Operations; and WNC Career and Technical Education Director Georgia White.

“Southwest Gas was incredibly thoughtful to consider the college for this donation. The welding unit will support student learning in a very real and meaningful way. We’re very appreciative of the contribution and our relationship with Southwest Gas,” said Niki Gladys, director of Institutional Development at Western Nevada College.


The engine-driven, portable welding unit was utilized by Southwest Gas for pipeline welding but can handle any kind of arc welding, according to Brad Harris, vice president for Southwest Gas Northern Nevada Division.

“We look forward to an ongoing partnership with WNC and their students,” Harris said. “Southwest Gas is committed to the communities we serve with a top-notch workforce, and we are always looking for talented individuals to join our natural gas family.”

Southwest Gas Corporation provides safe and reliable natural gas service to more than 1.9 million customers in Arizona, California and Nevada.

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