A Semi-Monthly Newsletter for Gases and Welding Distributors Association Members July 8, 2010 
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Eleet Cryogenics
Eleet Cryogenics
Growing Stronger!

Things are looking good for Eleet Cryogenics, Inc. and we appreciate the continued support from the industrial gas distributors nationwide that have contributed to our success. Many are just getting to know us better and understand why so many others have been placing their confidence and trust with Eleet for their bulk cryogenic industrial gas equipment requirements since 1996. 

The Sears family (Garry, Tenia, Vaughn and Karrisa) are all key contributors in the business and perform significant roles in its development. During the last two years, we have hired or promoted Doug Morton, VP of sales; Mike Saffell, quality control manager; Mike Davis, manager of manufactured products; Adam Scarry, customer asset manager; Troy Stukey, product engineer, and numerous other highly qualified cryogenic technicians.   

At Eleet Cryogenics, we provide high quality, fully rehabbed, field tested, pre-owned tanks with a full one-year vacuum warranty for a fraction of the price of a new tank. Recycle/reuse/revitalize your existing tanks by having them sent to our state-of-the-art indoor facility for complete rehab, or choose from our extensive list of pre-owned tanks in stock and available for sale, which is updated daily on our website. We consult with you to ensure that you are getting the right tank for your application. Eleet’s industrial and medical final line pressure control manifolds are well designed and offer a great value. We recently launched our hydraulically driven, very robust, high performance, Dura-Bulk Cryogenic Delivery Vehicles and have been getting excellent reviews and have already received orders for chassis and trailer-mounted units. We also offer upgrades to existing micro-bulk units.

At Eleet, we maintain a strong passion about our business and are recognized by many as the industry leader. We provide what some consider common products and services; however, we do it uncommonly well. Eleet Cryogenics, Inc. was founded by Garry Sears, who is a very well respected veteran in the area of bulk tank rehab and installation services as well as control manifold assemblies.  We take pride that once a customer has decided to do business with us, they typically will continue to do so. Our attention to detail, focus on individual customer requirements and specifications, highly qualified technicians, and proven honesty and integrity have been critical to our sustained growth. Our tanks are piped in stainless steel as our standard, have all new high-quality components, are cold shocked and helium leak tested to ensure operational excellence, and configured considering future maintenance requirements. 

In addition to bulk tanks, we can include the final line industrial, laser or medical control manifolds, vaporizers, and piping and fittings that you need all on one truck. This will make your installation convenient and efficient. We maintain an extensive inventory of equipment at our facility for immediate shipment and offer very efficient transportation nationwide and installation services if desired.   

One Call Does it All!  Call Eleet Cryogenics, Inc. at 330-874-4009 and visit our website at www.eleetcryogenics.com for more information. 


Breaking News

June 25, 2010

Dear GAWDA Members:

As we enter a new phase in our long and established history as GAWDA, we are now "riding the wave of the future" by moving into a new management association with the American Welding Society (AWS).

  GAWDA President Jenny McCall and GAWDA Treasurer David Walker (left) finalize the association management agreement with AWS Executive Director Ray Shook.
GAWDA President Jenny McCall and GAWDA Treasurer David Walker (left) finalize the association management agreement with AWS Executive Director Ray Shook.

With this transition, I would like you to know that several members of the GAWDA volunteer leadership team had a productive meeting with AWS this week, and we are making great progress in establishing an effective business link with that organization. GAWDA Treasurer David Walker and I met with key AWS staff in Miami, and we were joined in teleconference by Lloyd Robinson, Bryan Keen and Britt Lovin.

We now have firm plans in place to promote and accept registration for the GAWDA 2010 Convention in Maui, HI. Full details on the Convention will be placed on the GAWDA website early next week, including capability for online registration. The theme for this year's event will be "Riding the Wave of the Future."

GAWDA now has a new toll-free telephone line at (877) 382-6440. Principal contacts at this number for GAWDA business are GAWDA Manager Natasha Alexis and John Ospina. GAWDA's official new mailing address is 550 NW LeJeune Rd., Miami, FL 33126.

Please visit the GAWDA website, www.gawda.org, for up-to-date information on GAWDA events and programs, including this year's Convention. I look forward to seeing you there, and to working with you all year long.

Jenny McCall
2010 President

Online Registration Now Open for Convention

Members can now register online for GAWDA’s 66th Annual Convention, to be held October 2-5. The Convention will be held at the Grand Wailea Resort Hotel & Spa in Maui, HI.

Don’t miss out on the chance to connect with distributors and suppliers while learning about the latest in the gases and welding industry. Advanced registration is available through an online form or a PDF registration form that can be printed and mailed back. For complete details, click here.

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WGT Features QR Code Technology
This summer issue of Welding and Gases Today is all about innovation. In that spirit, Welding and Gases Today launched a new technology of its own to help distributors gain instant access to supplier information through their smart phones. Many of the advertisements in the issue feature quick response or “QR” barcodes. QR codes have a variety of uses, and may be read using various applications on most types of smart phones, such as BlackBerry, iPhone, Palm and phones that run on Google’s Android operating system.

A QR code in an advertisement in the issue leads you to a website chosen by the advertiser, sometimes with a special offer limited to GAWDA members. Other uses for QR codes include coupons, text messages, contact information and more.

So take a close look at the latest issue of your member magazine and you will find the latest and greatest way that the GAWDA publications are keeping distributors connected.


Five recently updated wiki terms
Computer Numerical Control
Induction Welding
Globe Valve
Heat Exchanger
To add your own term, go to www.GAWDAwiki.org.


Industry Beat
(what people are talking about)

  Nevis Premier Joseph Parry (left) and developer Analdo Chiverton at Island Gases’ fill plant in construction.
Nevis Premier Joseph Parry (left) and developer Analdo Chiverton at Island Gases' plant in construction.

Island Gases Constructs New Plant (Bridgetown, Barbados, West Indies) • Island Gases Limited is constructing a new manufacturing plant to produce oxygen, nitrogen and acetylene gases. The new plant will be located in Prospect on the island of Nevis. It will have a fill capacity of 80 cylinders per day and will employ 10 to 12 people. The new facility is slated to be completed and on stream later this year, and will serve the British Virgin Islands, Anguilla and other islands in the Carribean region.

Worthington Acquires Hy-Mark (Columbus, OH) • Worthington Industries purchased the assets of Hy-Mark Cylinders, Inc., of Hampton, VA, and will relocate the assets to its New Albany, MS, manufacturing location. Hy-Mark Cylinders manufactures extruded aluminum cylinders for medical oxygen, scuba, beverage service, professional racing, and a variety of industrial and specialty gas applications. “We’re excited to add Hy-Mark’s products to expand our capabilities into markets that we sell into today including scuba, carbon dioxide and industrial,” says Harry Goussetis, president of Worthington Cylinders. “We anticipate that manufacturing synergies will be created with existing assets and that the new products will help position these products for growth.”

  George Dunning
George Dunning

Thermadyne Names VP of Engineering (St. Louis, MO) • Thermadyne Industries appointed George Dunning to the position of vice president of engineering. Dunning previously served as vice president of engineering and quality for Overhead Door Corporation in Lewisville, TX, and has held senior engineering positions at Stanley Tools, General Electric and the U.S. Air Force. Dunning will be responsible for leading the company’s global engineering teams and will operate from the company’s office in Denton, TX.

The attendance at AWISCO’s Trade Show 2010 surpassed last year’s numbers.  
Attendance at AWISCO’s Trade Show 2010 surpassed last year’s numbers.

Customers Turn Out for Annual AWISCO Show (Maspeth, NY) • A record-breaking 1,038 customers attended AWISCO’s Trade Show 2010, held May 19-20 at the company’s Maspeth, NY, headquarters. The annual event included displays, demonstrations and clinics by more than 40 of AWISCO’s vendors and partners. “We were absolutely delighted at the turnout,” says AWISCO President Lloyd Robinson. “Customers are optimistic about the upward trend in business and came ready to see, try and buy.”

Thermco Unveils New Website (La Porte, IN) • Thermco Instrument Corp. unveiled a new website to provide information on its gas mixers and gas analyzers. The new website features product manuals, installation and outline drawings, videos and an FAQ section. A new spare parts lookup allows users to cross reference product spare parts with Thermco part numbers.

  Mike McGowan
Mike McGowan

Linde Alternative Energy Team Leader Honored (Murray Hill, NJ) • The National Hydrogen Association (NHA) presented its meritous service award to Mike McGowan, head of strategic alliances and government affairs for Linde North America’s alternative energy team. NHA President Jeff Serfass presented the award to McGowan for his leadership in promoting hydrogen and fuel cell interests. “The advances we made as an organization could not have happened without the support of Linde,” says Serfass. The award was presented at NHA’s 21st  annual conference in Long Beach, CA.

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New Issue of Welding and Gases Today Now Available
The summer issue of Welding & Gases Today highlights innovations in the gases and welding industry. Take a look at advances in welding, from friction stir welding and phased array ultrasound testing to virtual welding. A feature on fill plants discusses important regulations and safety codes to help avoid critical mistakes when planning a cylinder fill plant. 

Read all this and more at www.weldingandgasestoday.org

  Ron Krasnek   Jason Ladd
Ron Krasnek
Jason Ladd

Koike Promotes Two (Arcade, NY) • Koike Aronson Ransome named Ron Krasnek to the position of marketing and international sales manager. Krasnek has worked at Koike for 19 years in various technical and sales capacities. In his new position, he will tend to brand awareness and improving the company’s website, and will handle Koike’s international sales accounts. Jason Ladd was promoted to portable and gas apparatus product manager. Ladd has been with Koike for five years. In his new position, he will work to improve Koike’s market share and focus on brand awareness within the portable cutting, welding and gas apparatus industries.

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  new GAWDA management team
The new GAWDA team is in the game and ready for action: (from left) John Ospina, Ross Hancock, Natasha Alexis, Jeff Weber and Cecilia Barbier.

Meet GAWDA’s New Management Team

Natasha Alexis is the business manager for GAWDA and will manage all operations. She will work in all areas of membership renewal and recruitment, member services, and planning and production of the Annual Convention and Spring Management Conference. She will also work with the staff of GAWDA’s magazine, Welding and Gases Today. Prior to this position, Natasha was responsible for custom program development for the AWS Education Services Department. She created marketing and action plans to increase attendance and revenue for Education events.

John Ospina is director of conventions and event services. He has been with AWS since 1991 and has managed the AWS Welding Show, Max International and the FABTECH and AWS Welding Show. He oversees AWS conferences, RWMA and WEMCO activities, and has worked in the AWS Education Services Department overseeing certification programs. John will work closely with GAWDA’s leadership on matters of service and serve as the management liaison.

Cecilia Barbier is the GAWDA coordinator. She will manage areas of membership/member services and be involved in coordination of various GAWDA operational needs. Prior to this position, Cecilia worked in the AWS Marketing Department assisting with membership and product marketing campaigns. She also maintained the AWS website.

Ross Hancock is director of marketing/communications at AWS. He has been a staff engineer and reporter for the Welding Journal. Prior to joining AWS in 2002, Ross was a newspaper editor and an ad agency owner. He will oversee the development of designs for GAWDA marketing materials and other communications. His marketing team will also manage the GAWDA website.  

Jeff Weber is senior associate executive director of AWS. He has been with AWS since 1977, serving for 20 years as editor of Welding Journal, the Society’s monthly magazine. He also launched and served as publisher of Inspection Trends, the magazine for AWS certified welding inspectors and other certified personnel. Now a member of the AWS administration team, Jeff retains the title of publisher emeritus, Welding Journal. Jeff will be executive editor of GAWDA publications and will work closely with GAWDA’s leadership to continue the advancement of the association.

GAWDA Gives Back

GAWDA Gives Back to Mothers In Need 
For the past 10 years, GAWDA members have given almost $1 million to charities through the GAWDA Gives Back program. This year, GAWDA continues the tradition of giving to communities where the Convention is held with the selection of Child and Family Service, Hawaii’s oldest and most established nonprofit organization. Donations will go to the charity’s Community Closet program, which provides support to mothers in need. Donations will go toward a line of credit at a local retailer for the purchase of baby supplies, such as diapers, wipes, formula, baby food, blankets and car seats.

For more information about Child and Family Service, visit this page.
To learn more about the tradition of GAWDA Gives Back, visit www.gawda.org.

Upcoming Events
For more information about these regional meetings,
please click here or call GAWDA at 877-382-6440.
July 15-16 • Naperville, IL, Regional Meeting
July 21-23 • Whitefish, MT, Regional Meeting
July 22 • Seven Springs, PA, Regional Meeting
August 15-16 • Southern Pines, NC, Regional Meeting
August 17 • N. Stonington, CT, Regional Meeting
August 23-24 • Kansas City, MO, Regional Meeting
September 8 • Gettysburg, PA, Regional Meeting
October 2-5 GAWDA Annual Convention

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