A Semi-Monthly Newsletter for Gases and Welding Distributors Association Members May 8, 2010 
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MK Products Announces
Release of Cobramatic® ProSeries Wire Feed Cabinet

Irvine, CA – MK Products introduces the NEW Cobramatic ProSeries Wire Feed Cabinet. It has the same dedicated function and performance as expected from the Cobramatic, but with a stylish and rugged redesign.

The ProSeries Cabinet utilizes many enhancements from the original, without sacrificing integrity and durability:

Structural foam design allows for smaller compact size providing greater accessibility to tighter, more confined spaces (i.e., it fits through ship portholes).
Half the weight yet twice as durable. Rugged enough for all weather environments.
Visible in the darkest shops, a bright front panel LED, displays Wire Feed Speed and Welding Arc Voltage.
Advanced connectivity allows for universal input power from ALL welding power supplies.
New cabinet models offer classic MK or EURO style gun connections, offering a wide selection of gun Models to choose from.

Python & Python LX Connectivity
When connected with the ProSeries Wire Feed Cabinet, you get the best Push-Pull wire feed equipment on the market today for welding aluminum. The one-knob control in both the Python & Python LX guns returns precise and repeatable weld settings from 15 up to 50 feet away.

Both gun styles are available in connectivity versions to match all MK wire feeders, as well as several Lincoln, Miller and Fronius wire feeders. Color matching of the gun handles to the power supplies helps maintain an aesthetic quality, and makes it an “easy-to-find” in many shop situations.

The Python and Python LX are available in 15, 25, 35 & 50 foot lengths and either air or liquid cooled.

Other Models also available in these configurations are the Cobra MX (Classic or Max front ends), the Prince XL (pistol grip styled) and the Cobra SX (sleek, lean and handy).

Over 4 Decades of Quality
Established in 1966, MK Products is the original inventor of Cobramatic® push-pull wire feed technology and is recognized worldwide as the leader of aluminum welding systems. MK Products also manufactures MK Orbital™ Tube Welding systems for everyday and exotic alloys, as well as the AirCrafter™ table-top rotary positioners, for an all purpose weldment positioning and circumferential SMAW, GTA or GMA welding.

For additional information contact:
MK Products, Inc.
16882 Armstrong Ave.
Irvine, CA 92606 USA

Phone: 949-863-1234
Fax: 949-474-1428
Toll Free: 800-787-9707
E-mail: sales@mkproducts.com


Breaking News

GAWDA Redesigns Website

GAWDA has unveiled its redesigned website. The improvements will make it easier for members to participate in the association. Updated features include a “Get in the Game” section, industry news and a membership database. The refreshed look with bold graphics and large menus makes the site more user-friendly.  It also features more pictures of members and the latest industry news. To stay up-to-date, make gawda.org your home page. 

GAWDA Gives Back 2010 Charity Chosen

During the past 10 years, GAWDA members have generously given almost $1 million dollars to needy organizations in the communities where the Annual Convention was being held. Numerous lives have been impacted, and, in some instances, actually saved.

This year, President Jenny McCall and her husband Chris, in consultation with the Board of Directors, continue the tradition of giving back to the needy in the convention’s host city. They also will begin a new direction by giving back to the industry that has given so much to GAWDA members.

Read more about the Gives Back tradition of GAWDA members here.

Find out here how your donation was used to help others.

Child and Family Service is Hawaii’s oldest and most established nonprofit, with branches on all the major islands. Its mission is strengthening families and fostering the healthy development of children. GAWDA will focus on Maui’s “Community Closet,” a program that provides support for newborn babies. A line of credit will be established through a local retailer for the purchase of baby supplies, such as diapers, wipes, formula, baby food, blankets and car seats.

GAWDA Endowed Educational Scholarship Program will award $1,000 scholarships to 25 individuals working in GAWDA member companies to attend the 2011 University of Industrial Distribution, the industry’s premier distribution-specific education program.  The remainder of the 2010 Gives Back donations will be used to establish a permanent GAWDA Educational Endowment that will be used for future educational scholarships for GAWDA members and their children.

Read about UID’s “Gases and Welding in the Halls of Higher Learning.”


Five wiki terms you should know
Globe valve
Polyvinyl chloride
To add your own term, go to www.GAWDAwiki.org.


Make Reservations For Maui Convention Today

Hotel Reservations for the 2010 Annual Convention from October 2-5 in Maui, HI, are now open. GAWDA has negotiated discounted room rates at the Grand Wailea Resort Hotel & Spa. The GAWDA group rates are listed within this informational document.

Please make your reservation directly with the Grand Wailea on or before August 23, 2010, by calling (800) 888-6100 or online at this special GAWDA Housing Page.

View the tentative schedule of events here.

Safety & Compliance News

Mike Dodd’s New Contact Info GAWDA DOT, Security, OSHA, and EPA Consultant Mike Dodd has updated his contact information. His new address is Michael Dodd, MLD Safety Associates LLC, P.O. Box 93, Poplar Bluff, MO 63902. His phone number is also his cell phone: 573-718-2887.

May Safety & Technology Organizer Online The May Safety & Technology Organizer is available at www.gawda.org. Topics include Globally Harmonized System, Hazmat Security Program Update and Standardized Numerical Identification.

Industry Beat
(what people are talking about)

These cylinders are among those located in the company’s newly renovated specialty gas lab.

Metro Welding Supply/Cryogenic Gases Expands Specialty Gas Market (Detroit, MI)Metro Welding Supply/Cryogenic Gases renovated its Specialty Gas Lab. The lab underwent a total makeover to include more efficient and accurate filling and analytical capabilities. “It’s a niche market for us,” says Metro Sales Representative John P. Stoneback. “Our margins are very good in the specialty gas market and our business has been growing in that direction. We wanted to give it a little kick start.” The upgrades will allow Metro Welding Supply/Cryogenic Gases to continue offering the shortest lead times available on specialty gas orders while maintaining stringent quality standards as the company pursues ISO 17025 certification. Stoneback says the expansion will have a sizable impact on the company’s business. “It will make our operations more efficient and allow us to have a quality product while we’re producing more.”

O.E. Meyer Appoints Vice President (Sandusky, OH)Dave Spencer was named vice president of the industrial division for the O.E. Meyer Company. He came to O.E. Meyer in 1993 from BOC Gases, and has played a key role in formulating market strategies. Spencer previously served as vice president of sales and manager of the company’s weld division.

Computers Unlimited and Tap Resources Form Strategic Partnership (Billings, MT) Computers Unlimited and TAP Resources have formed an alliance to develop tools for activity based costing. The collaboration provides a platform that allows businesses to measure, monitor and compare the critical costs behind cylinder distribution and operations. Long-term goals include gathering data and publishing performance benchmarks.


Air Liquide Engineer Makes it to Hall of Fame (Houston, TX)Emil Gagnan, a Parisian engineer who worked for Air Liquide, was inducted into the 2010 Inventors Hall of Fame for his invention of the air regulator that scuba divers use today. Gagnan drew the attention of Jacques-Yves Cousteau, the French explorer and scientist, for his creation of a valve that regulated gas flow to gas-generator engines. Cousteau’s practical experience and Gagnan’s engineering expertise came together in the creation of a demand valve system that could provide a diver with compressed air on demand and that adjusted to the surrounding pressure. The Aqualung was introduced in 1946 and was available on the U.S. market in 1952. It provided safe and low-cost opportunities for scientists, engineers and underwater enthusiasts.

Rodney Neil Finch

Finch Joins CGW (Niles, IL)Rodney Neil Finch joined CGW-Camel Grinding Wheels as an application engineer responsible for market growth in the vitrified product line. He will also support new and existing products in metal fabrication, and structure the application engineering department to better support CGW representatives and distributors. Finch has over 20 years of experience in the grinding industry, most recently with GTI Spindle Technology.

Depke Promotes Hemphill (Danville, IL) Depke Gases & Welding Supplies has promoted Will Hemphill to an outside sales position in its Kankakee, IL, location. Hemphill has held various positions in his five years with the company, most recently in inside sales and machine diagnosis. “His knowledge is technically very sound,” says Curtis Towne, Depke president and CEO. Hemphill’s new responsibilities will be to increase Depke's presence in Kankakee and the south suburbs of Chicago.

Awisco Senior Territory Manager Bill Kubler defends his Nissan Sentra from demolition by AWISCO Inside Sales Manager Joe Karnchanabut.

Salesman Sacrifices Car For AWISCO Trade Show (Maspeth, NY) AWISCO veteran Territory Manager Bill Kubler is making the ultimate sacrifice for the company. He is donating his black Nissan Sentra to be delivered into the hands of the executioner at AWISCO’s Trade Show 2010 on May 19. “I only regret that I have one car to give for my company,” Kubler bravely comments. “I’m a team player and will ‘take one’ for the team.” Kubler's car will be the featured demolition in the Lenox Saw Hackman demonstration, a perennial favorite. Customers will guess the amount of time it will take to cut the car in half using a single reciprocating saw blade. “I won’t leave Bill without wheels,” reassures AWISCO President Lloyd Robinson. “In fact, his replacement car will only have 100,000 miles on it, 99,000 less than the Sentra.” AWISCO’s annual trade show, which draws more than 900 customers over two days, is the highlight of the company’s marketing year. More than 40 of AWISCO’s vendor partners will demonstrate the latest equipment and technology.


Chicago 2010 SMC PresentationsDownload the speakers' presentations from the 2010 Spring Management Conference here.

GAWDA Group Life Insurance Trustees Announce 2010 DividendThe 2010 dividend to all plan members of the GAWDA Group Life Insurance program will be 10%. This is based upon 2009 group life claim experience. Participants have received a dividend in all but one of the plan’s 51 years of successful operation!

HR Report AvailableThe May 2010 HR Manager's Legal Reporter is now available for download at www.gawda.org.

The GAWDA Clearinghouse has been updated for April, see it here.

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October 2-5 • GAWDA Annual Convention

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