Sustaining Company

Sustaining Company


Sustaining Company membership: your best value

If you're an organization who prioritizes continuous improvement and learning; collaborative connections with other leaders in the field; and the opportunity to shape the future of the welding industry; a Sustaining Company membership is your most inclusive and influential level.

AWS Sustaining Company members

  1. Solidify industry relationships through participation in AWS programs, committees, conferences and networking events
  2. Build continuous learning into the culture of their organizations, seeking to elevate their own and their teams’ expertise at the best value possible
  3. Support their employees with extra benefits and savings that enhance their technical and career growth professionally, and the well being of their family
  4. Collaborate with other leaders to develop and refine best practices, procedures and processes that benefit the industry at large
  5. Participate in shaping the future of our industry for the next generation

When you join as a Sustaining Company, you'll receive your choice of:

  1. Complete electronic access of AWS Standards eLibrary: (a $12,000 value):
    • Nearly 160 AWS Technical Standards accessible online (read-only)
    • 24 /7 access via a single integrated environment
    • Text searchable for quick information retrieval
    • Multiple user access at single site with valid IP address
    • User friendly interface, giving clickable access to resources
    • Download the Sustaining Library List in PDF
  2. OR 10 additional AWS Individual Memberships: (These 10 memberships are in addition to the 10 you already get with Sustaining Company membership. So you would receive 20 memberships in total. (A $980 value).

See ALL your Sustaining Company Member Benefits in the BENEFITS tab below.

Are your employees already AWS members?  Get pro-rated dues pricing:
AWS will pro-rate your company's dues if there are employees with current AWS individual memberships. Call the AWS Membership Department at (800) 443-9353, ext. 259 or 264 for special pricing.

Membership Rates

Annual Dues (domestic) $880.00
Annual Dues (international) $980.00
Initiation Fee (one-time) $750

AWS Sustaining Member Application in PDF format.


Or Call 1-800-443-9353, ext. 259 or 264 (inside the U.S. and Canada)
1-305-443-9353, ext. 259 or 264 (outside the U.S. and Canada)

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Sustaining Company Membership Benefits: Your BEST Value!

Choose your company’s primary benefit
Become an AWS Sustaining Company Member and choose ONE of these two primary benefits:

  1. Complete Electronic Access of AWS Standards Library (an $ 12,000 Value):
    • Nearly 160 AWS Technical Standards Internet access (read-only)
    • Requires a company’s IP address only
    • All employees have read-only access to library
    • Easy to access and quickly select documents 24/7 access
  2. The option of adding 10 more Individual Members to your company’s roster (20 total Member roster spots)

As a Sustaining Company Member, you also receive ALL these benefits:

  • 10 Individual Memberships “owned” by the company, to distribute to company employees or customers, who each receive full Individual Member Benefits, click here to view full description of benefits.
  • Exclusive usage of the AWS Sustaining Company Member logo on your company’s letterhead and promotional material for a competitive edge
  • 5% Discount on Welding Journal advertising, including Inspection Trends and Welding Marketplace or other advertising opportunities in the AWS Media Kit
  • 10% discount on advertising within the online AWS Welding Buyer's Guide and the This Week in Welding newsbrief
  • 25% discount on tabletop exhibit space at exhibitions held in conjunction with AWS Conferences
  • 25% discount on job postings on, and a 50% on job postings in April and October of each year
  • Free company listing and hyperlink from AWS’s 100,000 visitors-a-month website,, to your company’s website
  • Free, 60-day Internship Postings on
  • Unlimited VIP passes to the FABTECH Show to distribute as perks to customers and company staff
  • Professionally engraved wall plaque to show company affiliation with the American Welding Society
  • Minimum 70% off shipping charges with YRC Transportation - outbound and inbound, short or long haul
  • Distributor Listing inclusion puts your company in immediate contact with customers

Please view the full list of Sustaining Company Benefits in PDF format.

Discount Programs

TSYS Merchant Solutions

With more than 30 years of industry experience, TSYS Merchant Solutions offers AWS members a payment acceptance program tailored to your business needs.

With a full portfolio of payment-acceptance solutions that include credit, debit, prepaid, mobile, chip, digital wallet, and B2B, we help our customers conveniently conduct safe and secure electronic transactions with trust and confidence.

AWS Member Benefits:

  • Free business and social media analysis tools to help your business grow. Learn more at
  • Negotiated, member-only payment processing rates
  • Payment acceptance products customized to your specific business needs
  • U.S.-based service representatives available 24/7
  • Account management team
  • Free online reporting

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YRC Freight

YRC Freight invented LTL (less-than-truckload). Their broad portfolio of North American LTL services helps you increase the flexibility and reliability of your supply chains by offering direct service to almost every point in the United States and nearly all of the Canadian population.

  • AWS Members receive a minimum 70% discount
  • Ground and air expedited and guaranteed solutions
  • Unlike most carriers, YRC Freight Time-Critical Service counts Saturday and Sunday as service days
  • Cross-border services throughout North America
  • Get the highest Canada cross-border clearance rate among LTL carriers for your shipments
  • YRC Freight Exhibit Services has been Best-in-Show for trade show shipping for over 25 years
  • No-cost inbound guarantee on trade show shipments
  • Book, track, and manage your shipments anytime and anywhere at or contact YRC Freight Customer Service 24/7 at 800.610.6500
  • Specialize in palletized shipments over 150 lbs

The AWS/YRC Freight Shipping Program is a free Corporate Member benefit.
It’s easy to get started, enroll today by phone, e-mail, or online.
Call: 800.647.3061 | |

APPI Energy

AWS endorsed APPI Energy to provide data-driven procurement and consulting solutions that reduce electricity and natural gas costs for members on an ongoing basis. The APPI Energy database of daily supplier prices enables the team of experts to benchmark prices in every deregulated energy market. APPI Energy reviews thousands of prices every day to deliver data-driven solutions, and true apples-to-apples comparisons.

Recommendations to AWS members regarding when to buy energy, and which contract length is best, are based on extensive data analytics and 20 years of transaction experience. This includes evaluation of current supply contracts, proprietary price analytics, energy tariff analysis, regulatory tracking, and complete customer service. To take advantage of this membership benefit program, contact APPI Energy at 800-520-6685.

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Receive Complimentary VIP passes to the annual FABTECH Show to distribute as perks to both customers and your most productive staff (upon request).

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