Douglas Manufacturing, based in Pell City, AL, is proud to announce that team member Payton Schmitt has won Clash of the Trades.

PELL CITY, AL – Douglas Manufacturing, based in Pell City, AL, is proud to announce that team member Payton Schmitt has won Clash of the Trades – Project MFG’s National Welding Championship competition.

Fourteen welding students from across the country competed in the competition at Lincoln Electric’s headquarters in Cleveland, Ohio. In this tournament-style competition, students have two hours to complete their project, using GMAW, GTAW, other material preparation, budgeting and other processes to build a pressure vessel, all to set specifications.

Schmitt, Douglas team member and student at Jefferson State Community College, competed in various preliminary competitions before making his way to Cleveland to compete against 13 other welders for the championship.

A graduate of the University of Alabama, Schmitt found the job field difficult after graduation.

“You don’t know what jobs are going to be available in the future, but we all know the trades are going strong,” said Schmitt.

Schmitt credits his “different approach” to helping him win the competition. “With the money I won, I will be able to do so much. I will be buying nothing but big tools with the prize money.”

Project MFG is a tournament-style competition that gives students hands-on experience in problem-solving and technological aptitudes required for success in the field. Project MFG’s ultimate goal is to develop the next generation of engaged learners who can identify challenges and develop innovative solutions for future manufacturing in the United States.

For more than 40 years, Douglas Manufacturing has provided companies all over the world with quality conveyor parts and solutions from its headquarters in Pell City, AL and distribution centers in Dallas, Texas and Rockford, Illinois. Our diverse portfolio of components and engineered systems include pulleys, idlers, impact beds, magnetic separators and more. Our success is measured in our commitment to our customers, the industry and innovation.

To learn more visit: https://www.douglasmanufacturing.com/.

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