Privacy Policy

HIWT respects your personal privacy and is committed to adhering to federal and state privacy laws and industry guidelines in order to protect you and your identity. This privacy policy (“Privacy Policy”) describes how we handle the personal information that you provide to us on this web site (“Web Site”). This Privacy Policy applies only to the Hobart Institute of Welding Technology Web Site not to any other HIWT, ITW or third-party web sites that may be accessible from here. After reading this Privacy Policy, which is incorporated into and is a part of this Web Site’s terms and conditions, you will know:

  1. What information HIWT collects from you;
  2. How HIWT uses your information;
  3. What choices you have about how HIWT treats your information;
  4. How HIWT protects your information;
  5. What HIWT does about children visiting this Web Site; and
  6. How you can contact HIWT.

Please be sure to read this Privacy Policy before using this Web Site or submitting information to us.  Our Privacy Policy may change from time to time and your continued use of this Web Site is acceptance of such changes, so please check this area periodically for updates to this Privacy Policy.

  1. INFORMATION HIWT COLLECTS FROM YOU : Active Information Collection – Like many other web sites, we actively collect information from our visitors both by asking specific questions on this Web Site and by permitting you to communicate directly with us via e-mail.  Some of the information that you submit may be personally identifiable (that is, information that can be uniquely identified with you, such as your name, address, e-mail address, phone number, etc.). Remember, if you send us an e-mail message, you provide us with your e-mail address.  If you make a purchase from a store on the HIWT Web Site, we will collect your credit card number and the other information necessary to fill your order. Passive Information Collection As you navigate through a web site, certain information can be passively collected (that is, gathered without you actively providing the information) using various technologies and means, such as navigational data collection.  Like most web site operators, we track IP addresses, domain names, access times and state or country of origin, use both session and persistent cookies, and assign Internet tags.  Our system also automatically gathers information about the areas you visit on this Web Site and collects operational information about the technology you use, such as your browser, type of computer, operating systems and Internet service providers. We passively collect information to understand what areas of this Web Site are most popular, which areas may require improvement and what technologies are being used by our visitors.  This information helps us to update and improve this Web Site.  We also use this information for security purposes, to detect and to block security breaches and to provide you with a safe online environment.
  2. HOW HIWT USES YOUR INFORMATION – HIWT uses your personal information to enhance the operation of this Web Site and allow you to use all of its features.  HIWT may contact you about new features or products in which it believes you may be interested.  HIWT does not disclose your personal information, with the exception of your credit card information which is passed along to reputable banks that are restricted from using the information for any purpose other than helping us to provide you with products and services.  HIWT may provide aggregate statistics about our customers, sales, online traffic patterns and related information to reputable third parties, but these statistics will not include any personally identifying information.  HIWT also will disclose any information that it is required to disclose by law or by an appropriate government authority.  Some of our advertisers may display ads on this Web Site that solicit, or contain technology to collect, information about our users.  This information is collected and used by our advertisers, and is outside of our control.  If you have any questions about a banner advertisement, you should contact the responsible advertiser directly.
  3. CHOICES YOU HAVE ABOUT HOW HIWT USES YOUR INFORMATION – We strive to provide you with as many choices and as much control as possible regarding the personal information you provide to us.  We have created mechanisms to provide you with the following control over your information: You may modify the personal information that you are providing to us at the time that you submit it by making changes in the “Information Request Form” prior to its submission.  To correct or delete information previously submitted, please call us at 937- 332-9500 or send us an e-mail message at, or contact us by U.S. mail at 400 Trade Square East, Troy, Ohio 45373.  If you do not wish us to collect cookies, you may set your browser to refuse cookies or to alert you when cookies are being sent.  If you do so, please note that some parts of this Web Site may then be inaccessible or not function properly. You should review this Privacy Policy carefully, because if you do not agree with our practices, your ultimate choice is not to use this Web Site.  Remember, by using any part of this Web Site, you accept and agree to our privacy practices.  If we update this Privacy Policy, your continued use of this Web Site (following the posting of the revised Privacy Policy) means that you accept and agree to the terms of the revised Privacy Policy.
  4. HOW HIWT PROTECTS YOUR INFORMATION – We work hard to protect your personal information.  We use both technical and procedural methods to maintain the integrity and security of our databases, including SSL encryption for data transfer, firewalls, restricted access to data, employee training, etc. The safety and security of your information also depends on you.  If you have access to password-protected features, never share your password with anyone else, notify us promptly if you believe your password security has been breached, and remember to log off of this Web Site before you leave your computer.  We further urge you to be careful about giving out personal information in public areas of this Web Site like chat rooms or bulletin boards.  When you provide information in these forums you do so at your own risk.  The information you share may be viewed by any user of this Web Site. This Web Site contains links to other web sites operated by third parties that may be of interest to you.  We cannot control these third-party sites, which may collect personal information from you.  When you follow a link and leave this Web Site, you do so at your own risk.
  5. WHAT HIWT DOES ABOUT CHILDREN VISITING THIS WEB SITE – This Web Site is not intended for children under the age of 13.  We will not knowingly collect information from Web Site visitors in this age group.  We encourage parents to talk to their children about their use of the Internet and the information they disclose online.
  6. HOW YOU CAN CONTACT HIWT – If you have any questions, comments or concerns about this Privacy Policy or the information practices of this Web Site, please contact us at:

    Hobart Institute of Welding Technology
    400 Trade Square East
    Troy OH 45373