Birmingham Welder Forges National Victory

Seth Lunsford has proved he has the mettle to melt metal and win a gold medal.

Lunsford, a welder with Birmingham’s Robins & Morton, won the gold medal in the Associated Builders and Contractors National Craft Championship pipe welding division.  He was among 127 craft professionals contending for top honors in 12 competitions representing 10 different crafts at the event in San Antonio, Texas.

Robins & Morton recruited Lunsford last fall as part of a co-op training program with Tennessee Technology Center in Charleston, Tenn., where Robins & Morton is working for Olin Chlor Alkali.  The training program provides jobs and fosters transfer between the classroom and the field.

“We are so proud of what Seth and our entire work force development staff has accomplished,” said Bryson Edmonds, senior vice president of Robins & Morton’s power and industrial division.  “Providing career training and advancement for our workforce is a core value of Robins & Morton.  Seth is a perfect example of what a difference great training can make to an individual seeking a career in construction.

Lunsford completed his final quarter of schooling as a craft professional with Robins & Morton and invested more than 100 additional hours training for the National Craft Championship competition.  During the event in April, competitors first took a two-hour written exam and then competed in day-long, hands-on practical performance test in their designated craft.

By Michael Tomberlin, The Birmingham News