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 A Semi-Monthly Newsletter for Gases and Welding Distributors Association Members September 8, 2009 
Breaking News   •   Safety & Compliance   •   New Members
Industry Beat   •   GAWDA News   •   Education & Training

Make the Move to TIMS
for Windows – It's Easy
and Affordable

In less than 2 years, over 3 dozen distributors have upgraded to TIMS® for Windows®. Their reasons were simple business decisions:


TIMS® – the leading software solution for welding distributors – is completely integrated with Windows Server 2008® and SQL Server® 2008. Have it your way: run TIMS® over the Internet as a hosted application or inside your facilities with an on-site server. Choose the business solution best suited for your budget and resources.

With TIMS® Online, all you need to get started is a PC, Internet connection and printer. It's the perfect choice for distributors looking to minimize upfront investments in new technology and maximize available IT resources. CU handles virtually all of your system management requirements, including hardware and operating system maintenance, software updates and patches, ongoing software support and training, network monitoring and daily data backups. Data is always secure and applications current, allowing you greater freedom to stay focused on running your business. Now that's peace of mind!

If your approach to IT is more traditional, run TIMS® on industry leading HP servers at your facility.

"Everyone was surprised at how quickly they felt at home with the new system. Month-end processing maybe takes an hour and 15 minutes, including the stock status reports. In general, the new system is much faster, even just changing from screen to screen."
  – General Welding Supply
     Denver, CO

"It was wonderful! I did not struggle through a learning curve at all. When we went live, it was no big deal. Our oldest employee liked it immediately! At 60 years old, he tells me that it's so much easier than the old system."

"Remote training was much better for me than having someone on site. It allowed me to continue my daily activities. I still had payroll to process and phones to answer in addition to my conversion process."

  – NLR Welding
     North Little Rock, AR

"Advanced Cylinder Management (ACM) is a fun system, and it’s real-time. The time to process cylinder transactions at the front counter was cut in half, and paperwork processing was reduced by over 40 percent. The status on the cylinder tags are actual time so we can get it back empty, inspect it, fill it and then resell it all quickly. And, we have total accuracy throughout the entire process."

  – General Distributing Company
     Great Falls, MT

"Comparing TIMS E-docs to our old invoicing and filing system is like night and day. With easy setup and document access from any PC, it has saved us significantly in time, paper, postage and phone calls."

"With three locations, our customer service staff loves being able to fax and e-mail from individual computers, and it is easy to set up on the customer screen. In turn, this has reduced the burden on the accounting staff, which used to handle all requests themselves."

  – South Jersey Welding
     Maple Shade, NJ

Call 406-255-9500 or visit us online


U.S. Labor Force

Yesterday, we observed Labor Day. More than a day to mark the end of summer or the start of football season (traditionally, NCAA plays the first games the week before; NFL plays the first game Thursday after), we honor the efforts and work of the men and women who keep our businesses intact and growing. In the current economic climate, perhaps their greatest and most valuable skill will be their ability to learn new skills, as we move our economy forward.

Here are some interesting facts about U.S. Workers.

If you don't have your free copy of the newly updated GAWDA Human Resources Reference Material, contact GAWDA at 215-564-3484 to receive the USB drive containing this material.

A Stimulus Package that Works

GAWDA distributors can save dollars and drive profits by taking advantage of special promotions offered by suppliers during September, October and November. Look for the banner below in GAWDA Connection and GAWDA Edge. Click on the banner and reap the rewards.


GAWDA Makes News

The editors of Welding & Gases Today, GAWDAwiki and GAWDA Edge have been hard at work through the summer months to get the word out about GAWDA's members.

GAWDAwiki, the industry's source for information and news, has been referenced in various industry publications which serve end-users throughout the world. These include: Metal Worker, Steel Strip, Tool & Dieing and Drilling & Blasting. Bloggers (if you aren't reading blogs, a good one to start with is Editor Jeff Charboneau's) are reviewing GAWDAwiki and linking their blogs to it. Why not? It's a great source for everything you want to know about welding and gases and, most important, the distribution channel. Blog links to GAWDAwiki include: The Fabricator Blog, Great Possibilities, Save U.S. Tooling, Stamping Out A Living, Steel on the Net and Steel Strip.

GAWDAwiki is putting GAWDA members on the map, literally, the Buyers Directory map. Over 800 unique visitors a day (including week-ends) are reading the news at GAWDAwiki, and many are linking to the site as a reference.


7 Things to Know Before You Go to San Antonio
#1 Travel by cab from the airport to the hotel, not by shuttle. A cab is cheaper and faster.
#2 Make sure you’re headed to the correct Hyatt. (There are two on the San Antonio River Walk.)
#3 The correct one is the Grand Hyatt San Antonio at 600 East Market Street.
#4 To get around the city, cab fare will be at least $5. The trolley costs 85 cents.
#5 There is a water taxi on the river.
#6 The River Walk is enjoyable but can be confusing. Use a walking-tour map to help you navigate.
#7 There are no minibars in the hotel rooms.
#8 For GAWDA events, casual and comfortable dress is appropriate. Sportswear is customary (golf shirts and slacks for men; slacks, skirts or dresses for women). Don’t forget your western gear for the Gala!

Act Now It's still not too late to register for GAWDA's annual convention in San Antonio, TX, on September 19-22. Use this opportunity to meet with all of your major industry partners over a 4-day period. View the current lists of attendees and exhibitors here. To register for the convention, contact booth and golf tournament, go to the Current Events page.

Contact Booth Prizes Be sure to support GAWDA's supplier members and visit the Contact Booth Program on Monday, September 21 from 4:00 pm–7:00 pm.  Four of the booths will have GAWDA Golden Tickets for the 30th distributor to visit their booth.  The GAWDA Golden Tickets can be redeemed during the Closing Business Session on Tuesday, September 22 for an Acer Aspire One mini-laptop.

Attention GAWDA Supplier Members Exhibit booths are still available. View the floor diagram here. Download and complete the contact booth application if you do not have an exhibit space.

GAWDA Gives Back Marks 10 Years Celebrate 10 years of GAWDA Gives Back by helping us save the lives of at least 10 women with breast cancer. Why? As this year's Gives Back recipient, WINGS, powerfully states in its mission: "Because everyone deserves a lifetime." A special donation page for GAWDA Members has been created on WINGS' Web site. We would like to raise at least $140,000. All donations made through WINGS' Web site will be recorded and acknowledged as part of the GAWDA Gives Back program, and are tax deductible.



Acetylene Comments End September 10 A revision to OSHA's Acetylene Standard requires that employers ensure that in-plant transfer, handling, storage and use of acetylene cylinders comply with CGA Pamphlet G-1-2003, Acetylene. Piping systems, facilities and equipment used to generate acetylene or to fill acetylene cylinders are required to comply with National Fire Protection Standard NFPA 51A, Standard for Acetylene Charging Plants. If the agency receives significant adverse comments within 30 days of publication, the accompanying Notice of Proposed Rulemaking will allow the agency to continue the rulemaking as a "Notice and Comment" rulemaking. If no significant adverse comments are received, the Direct Final Rule will take effect November 9, 2009. The agency will accept public comments on the Direct Final Rule and Notice of Proposed Rulemaking until September 10, 2009.

Risky DOT Permits In an internal advisory, DOT's inspector general found that at least eight of the 83 companies granted special permits to truck dangerous combinations of high explosives over U.S. roads have histories of serious accidents and multiple violations of safety rules regarding hazardous materials. The memo urges "immediate action" to put more controls on the permits, which allow about 1,600 bulk explosives trucks nationwide to carry high-risk mixes of blasting caps, explosives and combustible or corrosive chemicals. The eight permit holders of greatest concern to the inspector general have been involved in 169 spills or accidents since 1999, including rollovers and 22 major incidents that caused evacuations or significant releases of hazardous materials, but no deaths. Those companies, not identified by name in the advisory, also incurred 86 violations of hazmat shipping rules.


GAWDA is pleased to welcome new Distributor member Carbonic Systems Inc. of Grand Rapids, MI and Supplier members SBI-Imports of Canton, TX; Techniweld (USA) of Atlanta, GA and Witt Gas Controls of Atlanta, GA.

(what people are talking about)

Lincoln Changes Management (Cleveland, OH)Lincoln Electric realigned its structure into two major geographic sections and has made four management changes. David LeBlanc was named to the newly created position of senior vice president, president of Lincoln Electric International, and is now responsible for all of Lincoln's welding businesses outside North America. LeBlanc has been president of Lincoln Electric Europe since 2005.

George Blankenship was promoted to senior vice president and president, Lincoln Electric North America, and is responsible for Lincoln Electric's North American welding business. Previously, Blankenship was president of Lincoln Cleveland and senior vice president of global engineering.

Richard Seif was named senior vice president, global marketing and automation and will help develop Lincoln's global automation strategy and the coordination of three product lines: flexible automation, hard automation systems and environmental/fume extraction.

Gretchen Farrell was named senior vice president, human resources and compliance.

David Michaels

President Appoints OSHA and DOT Chiefs (Washington, D.C.) President Obama picked David Michaels, Ph.D., an epidemiologist at the George Washington University School of Public Health, to head up the Occupational Safety and Health Administration. Known as a "fierce advocate for worker safety," Michaels told an NPR interviewer in 2008, "We need a lot more transparency, and I'm hoping that all of these decisions around how we regulate chemicals are done in a way thatís transparent."

Cynthia L. Quarterman

Cynthia L. Quarterman, a Washington, D.C. attorney with a regulatory and litigation practice in the areas of transportation and natural resources, was appointed administrator of the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration of the Department of Transportation. Quarterman served as a past director of the Minerals Management Service at the Department of the Interior, which oversees the leasing, exploration and resource development on the Nation's outer continental shelf, including the transportation of hazardous materials by pipeline.

Chart Expands LNG Opportunities (Cleveland, OH)Chart Energy & Chemicals, a wholly owned subsidiary of Chart Industries signed a cooperation agreement with Toyo Engineering Corporation of Japan to jointly pursue certain mid-scale liquefied natural gas (LNG) opportunities. Chart E&C will provide the LNG liquefaction process technology, including integrated natural gas liquids and nitrogen rejection technology as appropriate, together with equipment including brazed aluminum heat exchangers, cold boxes and air cooled heat exchangers. Toyo will provide overall engineering, procurement and construction services and project management.

R. Francis Brower, with sons Ron and Jerry, celebrated the company’s 50th anniversary this past August.

In Sympathy
Roy Francis Brower, Founder
Wayne Oxygen & Welding Supply
GAWDA extends its condolences to the family and friends of R. Francis Brower, who died August 18 at the age of 89. After returning from service in World War II, Mr. Brower and a partner operated Wayne Welding in Waynesboro, Virginia. In 1959, Mr. Brower started Wayne Oxygen & Welding Supply in Waynesboro, with locations added in Charlottesville in 1961 and Harrisonburg in 1979. He remained active in the company until his death and was a source of inspiration and education to employees. Says company president, Ron Brower, ďI welcomed my dadís advice. He saw a lot of things come down the pipe that many of us knew nothing about, and his wisdom and experience were treasured.Ē


GAWDA Clearinghouse The GAWDA Clearinghouse has been updated for the month.

Free ResourcesDo you have your copy of the newly updated HR Reference Materials? What about the FDA/Medical Gases? If not, then contact GAWDA for a request form to receive the USB drives containing these materials. DOT, OSHA and EPA coming soon.

HR Report AvailableThe September 2009 HR Manager's Legal Reporter is now available for download at

Upcoming Events
For more information about these events, please click
on underlined titles or call GAWDA at 215-564-3484.
October 1 Eastern Zone Regional Meeting (Seven Springs, PA)
September 19-22 Annual Convention (San Antonio, TX)
November 13 Western Zone Regional Meeting (Stockton, CA)

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