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Lincoln Electric announces retirement

The Lincoln Electric Co. announced the retirement of George D. Blankenship, executive vice president and president Americas Welding segment. Blankenship joined Lincoln Electric in 1985 as an engineering trainee and held various engineering and product development management positions until 2009, when he was promoted to senior vice president and president North America. In 2016, he was named executive vice president and president of Americas Welding. During his 35-year tenure, Blankenship’s technical, strategic and operational contributions have advanced the company’s competitive position and reinforced its leadership position.