Home News & Events “Training on The Road” with Mike Shaffer

“Training on The Road” with Mike Shaffer

Jan. 13, 2016

Bug-O Systems launched a new initiative, “Training on the Road” with an article that appeared in the 2015 January issue of the GAWDA Magazine "Welding & Gases Today." The article described how BUG-O University was taking training seriously and how we were making it available to all Distributors across the USA. During these challenging times, we see the need for training of our customers and distributors as more important than ever. Additionally, we are demonstrating to our customers that Bug-O products will help their bottom line by increasing productivity and reducing their overall costs per foot of weld.

Looking back and taking inventory of 2015 from an education standpoint, we find that we had 29 training program locations and trained over 600 people.  “We are very pleased with what our Education Manager Mike Shaffer was able to accomplish during this initiative”, said Norm Sted, Director of Sales and Marketing for North America. The more comfortable our Distributor personnel are with our products, the more valuable they can be to our mutual clients in making cost saving recommendations when it comes to cutting and welding. During 2015, we also launched several new products in which we used these training programs to help us get the word out quickly about them. Even with the slowdown in the gas and oil industry, customers are recognizing the cost savings in using Bug-O products. 



As we move in to 2016, we continue to see the need to drive education at the end-user level as well as for Distributor personnel. Steven Scott, a new Bug-O Regional Sales Manager in Washington and Don McFall, Regional Sales Manager in Arkansas, Mississippi and Western Tennessee have just recently completed the 3-day Bug-O Factory Training Program. Welcome aboard!    



At this time we would like to thank Mike Shaffer, past Bug-O Education Manager for his great contribution to this program and to The Company’s education growth and success. Effective February 1st, Mike will change careers and become an Independent  Sales REP and will be representing many lines including Bug-O Systems in Eastern Ohio, Pennsylvania, and West Virginia. 


Please contact Norm Sted at nsted@weld.com for additional details on scheduling a training program that best meets your needs.