A Semi-Monthly Newsletter for Gases and Welding Distributors Association Members September 23, 2010 
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Innovation knows no boundaries.

Industrial, medical and specialty gases, coupled with high-power application equipment, have the power to improve processes, replace hazardous substances and improve people’s lives. This holds true across a broad spectrum of industries, from food to metal processing and from chemical to pharmaceutical/medical.

At Linde, we bundle our application know-how and work closely with our customers to keep unlocking new and cost-effective fields of application for the widest range of gases. To drive sustainable growth in our business with industrial, medical and specialty gases, we are constantly investigating new fields of application.

Our mission is to make the existing customer processes even more efficient, safe, environmentally friendly and economically viable, at the same time paving the way for totally new solutions.

We are committed to the safety, health and security of our employees, contractors and customers and the communities in which we do business. Caring for the environment is also a high priority at Linde, and we continuously seek to improve our quality of life. Caring for people and the environment is our aim from both a moral and human perspective, and is an absolute prerequisite for the long term sustainability of our company.

Linde supports distributors with account managers, inside sales managers and distributor sales managers, small bulk program, ADA buying group and training curriculum.

For more information on Linde’s distributor program please contact:

Jim Lisiecki
Distributor Program Manager
Linde LLC
575 Mountain Avenue
Murray Hill, NJ 07974
Tel: 908-771-4887
Fax: 908-771-1723
Email: jim.lisiecki@linde.com
Web site: www.lindeus.com

Please visit us at booth #412 during GAWDA’s Annual Convention Contact Booth Program on October 4, 2010, at the Grand Wailea Resort Hotel and Spa.




Breaking News

As Term Nears End, President McCall
Reflects on Past Year

Jenny McCall
Jenny McCall

The 2009-2010 year was one of progress for the Gases and Welding Distributors Association. Among the association’s achievements was the inauguration of its first female president, Jenny McCall. Under her guidance, GAWDA unveiled a new website to serve its members and established a new management team through its partnership with the American Welding Society. McCall and the Executive Committee made strides in improving the association’s committees, establishing new ones and changing all of the chairs, while increasing members’ involvement.

President McCall challenged members to Get In The Game, and they did just that. “Members got off the sideline and got more involved than ever before,” she says, “showing how much GAWDA members care about the industry.” 140 distributors and suppliers stepped up to take part in association committees. A record number of members participated in the Spring Management Conference in Chicago, while prospective members witnessed the value of networking and education the association has to offer at GAWDA’s regional meetings.

Reflecting on her year as president, McCall says, “It’s been a great year. I’ve met many great people who share my passion for the industry. I’ll always cherish the long-lasting friendships I developed.” As for what’s ahead, she says, “GAWDA is poised to continue to grow its membership. We will keep an eye on future consolidation of industry companies and we must continue to find ways of drawing people to the gases and welding industry.”

McCall assures members they will be in good hands with President-elect Lloyd Robinson. “Lloyd is a great asset to the industry. My advice for him as President is to be patient.” Laughing, she adds, “That’s good advice for a New Yorker from the Bronx.” Jenny McCall will present her final address as President on Sunday, October 3, at GAWDA’s 66th annual convention, before she hands the reins over to Robinson.

We thank her for her dedication and leadership throughout this past year.


Aloha, Convention Goers

GAWDA’s 66th Annual Convention is just over a week away. The convention kicks off on Saturday, October 2, at the Grand Wailea Resort in Maui, HI, and runs through October 5. Members will have a chance to network and learn more about the industry against the backdrop of a tropical setting. Some of the great events planned include the contact booth program, golf tournament, a presentation from Super Bowl champion Joe Theismann and much, much more. Find more information about the convention and see who’s attending. Keep an eye out for a recap and photos of the event in the next issue of GAWDA Connection.


Can you name this GAWDA member?

GAWDA Gridiron Greats

Meet GAWDA’s Gridiron Greats. The challenge is to identify the names of 17 football playing distributor and supplier members from their high school and college portraits. For good measure, we’ve thrown in a clue to help you guess who’s behind the uniforms. The winner will get $100 to the NFL Shop. Head over to Welding & Gases Today Online to play GAWDA Gridiron Greats.


WGT Launches New Website

In what is the culmination of months of work behind the scenes, Welding & Gases Today now has a new online home. The URL remains the same—www.WeldingAndGasesToday.org—but the site itself has undergone a complete transformation. The new website has been online for a week, and the response has been encouraging. Members are taking advantage of the new interactive format, which allows access to new content in real time. In addition to fresh content, the website features a new column called “On the Edge,” where members can weigh in on the more controversial topics surrounding the industry.


Looking for social media? The new website is home to 3 GAWDA Media blogs, delivering engaging and sometimes offbeat topics from the world of gases and welding. A Twitter feed on the home page shows what people are saying about the association and its publications. The website also boasts videos, member news and more than 600 archived articles from the pages of Welding & Gases Today and GAWDA Edge.

Stop by today and be the first to comment on an article, and see your name and company listed on the homepage. Then, be sure to return several times a week to stay updated on your industry and the issues that will impact the way it does business.

See the new site at WeldingAndGasesToday.org.


Overheard on the Blog:

From the GAWDA Media Blog:
“Twitter led me to the blog about the Airgas/Air Products feud and I just wanted to say thanks for the breakdown of what’s going on! It seems like every time I turn around, something new has happened in the saga.

Keep the helpful tweets coming. I will be watching for them!”
- Theresa


Board Members Conclude Term

GAWDA would like to thank the Board members whose terms expire this fall for their years of dedication and service: Second Past President Gary Stoneback, of Metro Welding Supply Corp.; Industry Partnering Board Liaison Jim Horvath, of Thermadyne Industries; Human Resources Board Liaison Randy Anderson, of Oxygen Service Company; and Young Executives Chair Richelle Smith-Brecht, of S. J. Smith Company.

Gary Stoneback Jim Horvath Randy Anderson Richelle Smith-Brecht
Gary Stoneback Jim Horvath Randy Anderson Richelle

Industry Beat
(what people are talking about)

Central Welding Supply
A rendering of Central Welding Supply's new building

Central Welding Supply Expands (North Lakewood, WA) • Central Welding Supply broke ground on the construction of a new building at the company’s Smokey Point, WA, corporate headquarters. The new facility will add 4,800 sq. ft. to the company’s headquarters, bringing the total operation to approximately 21,000 sq. ft. “The building will primarily be used for cylinder maintenance, including blasting and painting, cleaning, baking, and re-valving of high pressure cylinders,” says Central Welding Supply President and CEO Dale Wilton. Construction on the new building is expected to be completed by the end of September 2010.

Jeff Meyer
Jeff Meyer

Rexarc Names VP (West Alexandria, OH) • Rexarc International hired Jeff Meyer as vice president - sales and marketing. Meyer has over 20 years experience in sales and marketing management and growing companies in the U.S. and abroad. “Jeff’s experience in international business development and in the sales of welding consumables will be of unique value to Rexarc,” says President Jim Bowman.

Praxair Sustains Honor (Danbury, CT) • For the eighth consecutive year, Praxair was named to the Dow Jones Sustainability World Index, which assesses companies on corporate governance, environmental performance, risk management, supply-chain standards and labor practices. Praxair Chairman and CEO Steve Angel says, “Every year for the past eight years, Praxair employees around the world have demonstrated an increasing commitment to good corporate governance and sustainable economic, social, energy-efficient and environmental practices.”

ABCO Customer Appreciation
ABCO customers enjoyed product demos along with hamburgers and hot dogs.

ABCO Shows Appreciation (Waterford, CT) • ABCO Welding & Industrial Supply held its Customer Appreciation Day at the company’s South Windsor, CT, branch. More than 15 vendors set up tents at the event. The yearly event provides a boost to the store’s daily sales. “We run product specials throughout the day,” says Marketing Manager Jay Stemmler. “We typically sell as much as $20,000 of additional product in a single day, but our main goal is to thank our customers for their loyalty. It gives them a chance to meet with our vendors and try out new products.”

Jeff Schubert
Jeff Schubert
AWISCO Names Account Manager (Maspeth, NY) • AWISCO Corp. named Jeff Schubert account manager for the Bronx and Westchester, NY, territories. Schubert comes to AWISCO from Fastenal, where he spent the past 12 years in various positions, most recently as general manager of the company’s Yonkers, NY, location.

Airgas to Build Unit (Radnor, PA) • Airgas signed an agreement to build an air separation unit in Clarksville, TN. The new unit will produce nitrogen and other atmospheric gases for the semiconductor and solar industries. “We will operate the new plant within our Airgas Merchant Gases business unit, which has the proven expertise to run the production plant,” says Mike Molinini, Airgas executive vice president and chief operating officer.

Five recently updated wiki terms

Rotary Burr
Cylinder Cart
Robotic Fixturing
Micro Bulk Delivery Vehicle

To add your own term, go to www.GAWDAwiki.org.


Contact Booth Prizes • Be sure to support GAWDA’s supplier members and visit the Contact Booth Program on Monday, October 4 from 4:00-7:00 p.m. Don’t miss out on a chance to win an Amazon Kindle. Preview the list of Supplier Exhibitors.

GAWDA Gives Back Logo

GAWDA Gives Back to Families • Celebrate 11 years of GAWDA Gives Back by donating to Hawaii’s Community Closet organization. The charity is part of Child and Family Service, the state of Hawaii’s oldest and largest private nonprofit human services organization. Community Closet’s mission is to provide essential supplies to newborn babies from less fortunate families. Contribute to the cause with the GAWDA Gives Back donation form.
New England Regional
39 distributors and 51 suppliers made up the New England regional meetings record attendance.

New England Regional a Success • 87 members and 3 prospective members came to the New England regional meeting at Lake of Isles Golf Club in North Stonington, CT, on August 17. GAWDA President-elect Lloyd Robinson shared the latest developments in the association, with an overview of benefits, upcoming events, consultants and the new management. 22 suppliers set up booths for the event. 56 attendees took advantage of the setting by taking part in the afternoon golf outing.


Training Tops Welding & Gases Today Features

Welding & Gases Today - Fall 2010 issue

The Fall 2010 issue of Welding & Gases Today is here, and it delivers tales of training that paid off big time for several distributors. See how distributors big and small are getting their employees ready to hit the streets selling.

If you’re part of a family business, Welding & Gases Today has everything you need to know about succession planning, family business member relationships and more, plus stories from GAWDA’s distributor and supplier family businesses.

Don’t miss GAWDA’s Gridiron Greats, a collection of the association’s athletically inclined members from their high school and college years. See it today at WeldingAndGasesToday.org.

Workshops, Web Conferences & Seminars

GAWDA Fall Professional Compliance Seminar
October 12-14, Weldcoa’s Precision University, Aurora, IL.
Tuesday, October 12 - OSHA, Workers’ Comp, Operations Management
Wednesday, October 13 - DOT Compliance
Thursday, October 14 - FDA Compliance
 For more information, click here.

Upcoming Events
For more information about these regional meetings,
please click here or call GAWDA at 877-382-6440.
October 2-5 GAWDA Annual Convention

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