|Stop in at the Lincoln Electric tent located at booths 468-470 to see what the company has to offer and talk to one of its certified welding instructors. (photo by Gary Flick)
By Gary Flick
August 2, 2013 - Lincoln Electric, located at booths 468-470 near the College Park tent, has been aiming to help others since the company's inception in 1895.
The company donates time and products to a number of different outlets across the country, but EAA and its members may be the greatest beneficiaries.
Not only does Lincoln provide hands-on welding instruction at each of its four forum stations, but it also donated all of the welding equipment that EAA's maintenance staff uses daily.
It also contributed to the Gathering of Eagles a number of items that were auctioned off Thursday night, with all of the money going to support the EAA Young Eagles program.
At Lincoln Electric's tent Thursday, work was being done on an exhaust unit, and it appeared to be a forum, but was actually an even bigger act of kindness. An aircraft owner had found a crack in the exhaust unit and was afraid he would not be able to fly out safely.
Lincoln stepped in.
"This was an emergency situation," said Lon Damon, Lincoln's trade show event coordinator. "And we wanted to keep with the kindness of the show."
And this was not the first fix Lincoln helped with this week, either.
"If there is someone in need, we are happy to help them get home safe," Damon said.
That same attitude is prevalent throughout the EAA grounds this week and EAA members appreciate all that Lincoln Electric does for their association as well as the entire aviation community.