FLORENCE, SC (WMBF) - A major employer for the welding industry in the Pee Dee is moving some of its jobs out of the state.
ESAB Welding & Cutting Products is moving an engineering team based out of its facility in Florence to a new center in New Hampshire, said Daniel Preest, ESAB's vice president of human resources.
The move is the result of ESAB acquiring Victor Technologies last April. With that acquisition, it also got a state of the art R&D center in West Lebanon, New Hampshire, he said.
Between 12 and 14 associates are being affected and ESAB has offered them the chance to relocate.
The move of the one ESAB department won't be immediate, but should be completed by the end of this year, Preest said.
Florence-Darlington Technical College's welding program has had a long-standing partnership with ESAB, including receiving all of the student's welding equipment as a donation from the company, said Clay Williams, of FDTC.
The school doesn't expect this move to affect their graduates' chances of landing a job as demand for welders is high.
"We keep the classes here at the labs full because there's such a demand for these folks," Williams said. "Think about it. The car that you drive, the glasses that you wear, anything made of metal, it's probably welded."