Amarillo: Spanish company hammers out 180 welding jobsAmarillo: Spanish company hammers out 180 welding jobshttps://www.recenter.tamu.edu/news/newstalk-texas/?Item=118962016-01-28T06:00:00Z2016-01-28T21:00:00Z

​AMARILLO - A Spanish company is getting ready to open a new wind tower production plant east of Amarillo later this year, and it will have a major impact on the number of welders who are working in the Texas Panhandle.

Last year, Gestamp Renewable Industries announced plans to invest $41 million in an Amarillo facility at CenterPort Business Park expected to employ at least 300 people and produce more than 400 wind towers. A lot of those workers will be welders.

The Texas Workforce Commission indicates the annual average employment of welders in the Texas Panhandle is 810. If 180 more are added to that number, the population of employed welders in the area would go up 22 percent.

Amarillo College hopes to have a major role in training that workforce. 

Jeff Wallick, industry partnership coordinator for Amarillo College’s East Campus, said GRI and the college are trying to hammer out a contract right now.

“This is the largest welding contract (Amarillo College) has ever done,” Wallick said.

The average wage for a welder is $19.89 an hour, according to workforce solutions data. The average entry-level worker pay is $12.36 an hour, and the average pay for an experienced welder is $23.66 an hour.
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