A Semi-Monthly Newsletter for Gases and Welding Distributors Association Members November 23, 2010 
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Worthington Cylinders
Large High Pressure Asset Cylinders Now Available in North America

Worthington Cylinders is now offering large high pressure cylinders to the North American industrial gas cylinder market.

Durable, billet-pierced product
HP-220 cu.ft.(2015 PSI)
HP-250 cu.ft.(2265 PSI)
HP-330 cu.ft.(2400 PSI)

Designed for efficient transportation and filling
- Largest standing base in the industry
- Consistent height and wall thickness
- Lighter weight helps lower overall transportation costs

Durable, quality product
- Durable, billet-pierced product ideal for asset cylinders
- Manufactured at Worthington Cylinders Austria since 1920 and supplied to more than 65 countries
- Every cylinder is internally shot-blasted to industry leading cleanliness standards

Industry-leading turnaround time & custom finishing
- Product ships within 2 weeks (average) from Worthington Cylinders’ North American manufacturing facility
- Finished to your custom paint, valve and stamp specifications complete within days

Complement your resale cylinder offering with a full line of the highest quality billet-pierced asset cylinders in the industry, now available through Worthington Cylinders.

Wayne Powers
Director, Industrial Gas Products
Worthington Cylinders
200 Old Wilson Bridge Rd
Columbus, Ohio 43085
Tel: 614-438-3013/ 866-WC-TANKS (866-928-2657)

Web site: www.worthingtoncylinders.com




Breaking News

GAWDA Appoints Executive Director

John C. Ospina
John C. Ospina

John C. Ospina was named executive director of the Gases and Welding Distributors Association. In his new position, Ospina will oversee the day-to-day administration of the association and its programs and serve as the main liaison to all sister associations. He will also be providing input to the GAWDA Board of Directors on issues that may affect the association’s mission, programs or future direction.

“John has a solid background in a variety of areas important to GAWDA’s mission and growth. His experience includes operations, events, contract negotiations, financial analysis and marketing, and he is experienced in working with volunteer leadership, from board level to grass roots. He is a natural fit for the position of Executive Director of GAWDA,” says Lloyd Robinson, GAWDA President.

Prior to accepting the GAWDA position, Ospina served the American Welding Society (AWS) for nearly 20 years in a variety of management positions. Most recently, he was the director of conventions and event services. AWS presently provides association management services for GAWDA.

A graduate of La Guardia College in New York, Ospina resides in Hollywood, FL, with his wife and two children. His new post becomes official on December 1, 2010.

Young Professionals Speak Out

Executive Dialogue

Welding & Gases Today Online has enlisted 4 young executives from GAWDA distributor member companies to blog about their experiences as up-and-coming members of the gases and welding industry. Share in their trials and triumphs as Abydee Butler, marketing director at Butler Gas Products (McKees Rocks, PA); Brandt De Vries, junior VP at Welding Industrial Supply Company (Chicago, IL); Colleen Mahoney, marketing communications manager at Noble Gas Solutions (Albany, NY); and Ryan Morton, outside sales associate at Conroe Welding Supply (Conroe, TX), write about daily life in the industry.

Join in the dialogue and share your advice and opinions by commenting on their entries. With your help, we can build an invaluable resource for all of GAWDA’s young professionals. Check out Executive Dialogue where you will find the blogs of 4 young executives and the GAWDA Media editors.

Abydee Butler Brandt De Vries Colleen Mahoney Ryan Morton
Abydee Butler Brandt De Vries Colleen Mahoney Ryan Morton


Five recently updated wiki terms

Flame Hardening
Plasma Torch
Computer-Aided Manufacturing
Case Hardening

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

Safety & Compliance

Have You Checked Your CSA 2010 Score? • The Comprehensive Safety Analysis 2010 (CSA 2010) Data Preview website was recently updated with the September 24, 2010, snapshot. The newly imported data could affect a carrier’s Behavior Analysis and Safety Improvement Category (BASIC) scores, i.e., percentile ranking in comparison to peers.

To see your BASIC scores, log in to the Data Preview website. You will need your Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration-issued U.S. DOT number and personal identification number (PIN) (not a Docket Number PIN) to access the CSA 2010 Data Preview website. If you do not know or have forgotten your PIN, you can request one via the Safety and Fitness Electronic Records System. The FMCSA cautions carriers to be sure to request a U.S. DOT Number PIN, not a Docket Number PIN.

If you have any questions, please contact GAWDA DOT, Security, OSHA & EPA Consultant Michael Dodd at MLDSafety@hotmail.com or 573-718-2887.


Industry Beat
(what people are talking about)

Noble employees show off the company’s new image
Noble President Dave Mahoney (3rd form left), wife Donna (in red) and company mascot, Bubba, join (l-r) Albany Mayor Gerald Jennings, C of C President Mark Eagan, County Exec Michael Breslin and Louise Aitcheson of the Center for Economic Growth.

AWESCO Adopts Noble Name (Albany, NY) • AWESCO changed its name to Noble Gas Solutions. The announcement was made on November 12 at company headquarters before an audience including Albany Mayor Gerald D. Jennings and other prominent members of the community. “It was important for the name and new logo design to better reflect our services,” says Dave Mahoney, president and CEO of Noble Gas Solutions. “The name Noble Gas Solutions really hits home with what we do, so that when we’re introducing the company to a potential client, they immediately know, if they use gases, that we’re a supplier of gases and that we supply solutions.”

Weldstar Earns Key Supplier Distinction (Aurora, IL) • Weldstar Company was among 14 companies that received key supplier awards from Wabash National Corporation at the company’s annual supplier conference. “The ability of our suppliers to manage through this dramatic change after idling resources and capacity has been most challenging,” says Wabash National Vice President of Global Strategic Sourcing Steve Miller. “Our award winners separated themselves this year not only through their performance but through acknowledging, supporting and embracing our vision and strategies.”

Pat Keyes
Pat Keyes

Key Hire at Weld Plus (Cincinnati, OH) • Pat Keyes joined Weld Plus as lead electrical weld technician. He brings valuable experience with PLC and automation, having previously worked for Teledyne Precision and Cincinnati Incorporated. Weld Plus President Paul Rensing says, “Pat will help Weld Plus get to the next level in welding automation.”

ITW Adds Testing Company (Glenview, IL) • Illinois Tool Works acquired North Star Imaging (NSI), a developer and manufacturer of nondestructive testing systems and software for industrial and research applications, located in Rogers, MN. NSI’s product applications include ultrasonic and x-ray testing of pressure vessels for porosity, cracks and inclusions in welded sections.

Partnership Forms Miller Automation (Appleton, WI) • Miller Electric entered into a partnership with Panasonic Welding Systems Co., Ltd., a division of Panasonic Corporation, to make Miller Welding Automation. As a part of this transaction, Miller purchased assets of the Panasonic Factory Solutions Company of America’s welding automation business. Miller Welding Automation will establish a new dedicated welding automation facility in Carol Stream, IL.

Craig Kennedy
Craig Kennedy, Red Ball Oxygen founder

Red Ball Oxygen Founder Honored (Shreveport, LA) • The Shreveport, LA, City Council unanimously voted to rename the city street adjacent to Red Ball Oxygen Co.’s headquarters to “Craig Kennedy Way,” in honor of the company’s founder. “My father was more than just a great business man,” says Gary Kennedy, Red Ball Oxygen chairman and CEO. “Love for his God, his family, his country and this city of Shreveport were what made him tick. Today, we embrace his ideology and, in his memory, we continue his work in the community.”

Air Liquide Named Top Workplace (Houston, TX) • Air Liquide was named among the Top 100 Workplaces in the Houston area, ranking 15th among large companies. The Top 100 Workplaces list recognizes businesses nominated by their own employees as great places to work. Rankings are based on employee opinions about company leadership, values and ethics, career development, training, compensation and work-life flexibility.

IPG Hooks Up With Lincoln (Cleveland, OH) • Lincoln Electric Holdings Inc. formed a strategic partnership with IPG Photonics Corp., a manufacturer of high-power fiber lasers and amplifiers located in Oxford, MA. The two companies will pursue joint ways of providing expanded turnkey hybrid fiber laser-MIG welding solutions to industrial customers.

Overheard on the Blogs:

“Especially during a tough economy, some distributors are considering customer requests for products beyond the scope of what they typically carry. It all comes down to going a little farther for customers. This kind of service is the one thing that is consistent across the board with everyone I’ve spoken to, and it’s the one thing that truly defines GAWDA members.”

In Memoriam

Marc J. Meteyer

Marc J. Meteyer

Marc J. Meteyer, CGA President and CEO

Marc J. Meteyer passed away earlier this month after a year-long battle with brain cancer. “My dear Marc passed away peacefully in my arms in the company of his family at home,” writes Marc’s wife, Debbie Meteyer, in a letter to the CGA Board of Directors. “For the past year, he fought brain cancer with optimism and courage.”

Mr. Meteyer led the Compressed Gas Association as president and CEO since joining the organization in 2006. He previously worked as a research scientist and consultant with both government and private industry on environmental and development issues, and served the American Petroleum Institute (API) for 20 years.

Mr. Meteyer is survived by his wife of 29 years, Debbie, and three children. “I extend my heartfelt thanks to the members for their friendship and support of Marc over the years he was with CGA,” says Mrs. Meteyer.


R. Bruce Wall

R. Bruce Wall

R. Bruce Wall, Former NWSA Executive Director

R. Bruce Wall, 86, who served as executive director of the National Welding Supply Association (now GAWDA), passed away on November 12. Mr. Wall served with the U.S. Army in the Pacific Theater during World War II and was recalled to active duty during the Korean War.

After earning a degree in economics from the Wharton School of The University of Pennsylvania in 1947, Mr. Wall joined association management company Fernley & Fernley in Philadelphia, working under the tutelage of Bob Fernley. During his 42-year career, Mr. Wall was the executive director of 11 trade associations, including NWSA.

Highly regarded for his ability to shepherd associations and work alongside volunteer boards, Mr. Well took the word “volunteer” to heart. He was a local town commissioner, a hospital emergency room greeter, baseball coach, church elder, and upon his retirement from Fernley & Fernley in 1989, served on many committees of the retirement community where he lived in Abington, Pennsylvania. At 75, he was elected president of the residents association.

Mr. Wall is survived by his wife of 65 years, Adele, sons R. Bruce Jr. and Philip.

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