My name is Kevin Felts and I have 15 years experience in the welding field. In June 1986 I took a job in a welding shop.
From 1986 – 1999 I worked in various welding shops between southeast Texas and southwest Louisiana.
Around August 1999 I was laid off from a welding shop. When I was laid off from that welding shop, I decided to go into the computer field.
Between 2003 – 2004 I went back into the welding field for 12 months.
This past weekend my wife and I were passing through the Beaumont Texas area. While we were around Beaumont, I showed her some of the welding shops I used to work at.
Seeing those welding shops brought back bad memories. I realized that all of the shops we looked at had common traits. Some of those common traits were poorly trained supervisors and poor quality pay.
One welding shop I worked at in in the Beaumont Texas area, my supervisor (lets call him dumbass) and I had worked together at another welding shop a few years earlier. At this other shop, my wifes grandfather was the foreman. When work got low, the workforce had to be reduced, so a few people were laid off. Dumbass happened to be one of the people laid off. This was in 1987.