Over the last few years we’ve been featuring young, blue-collar workers in our Still Building America blog series at thefabricator.com. Once in a while a story leaps out at me, and this is one of those.

My wife Darla shared Melissa Gillespie Davis’ industrial paintings with me, and they stopped me cold. Themes of tradeswomen, machinery, empowerment, and especially welding really stood out to me. Soon we found that Melissa herself is a union welder, and her story is one of will, talent, intelligence, and a good heart. She’s certainly a person to follow. (Continue Reading)

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