A Semi-Monthly Newsletter for Gases and Welding Distributors Association Members December 8, 2010 
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The Welder’s Choice for Premium Aluminum Welding Wire
MAXAL™ manufactures and supplies the highest-quality aluminum welding products demanded by today’s global market. With newly developed fabrication technologies, MAXAL is producing welding wire that is recognized as the new standard for quality. MAXAL is committed to forming trusted partnerships where customers can count on receiving the highest-quality and reliable products.

ITW Welding North America Adds MAXAL Brand to Portfolio
ITW Welding North America added MAXAL-brand aluminum welding wire products to its portfolio on Sept. 29, 2010. The addition enables ITW Welding North America (Miller Electric Mfg. Co., Hobart Brothers, Bernard, Tregaskiss, Weldcraft and Smith Equipment) to deliver a superior platform of customized, comprehensive aluminum wire feeding solutions. The synergy between Miller welding equipment and MIG welding guns solidifies the leadership position in aluminum systems technology in a marketplace of increasing demand.

MAXAL provides all of the high-demand aluminum welding alloys in MIG, TIG and DRUM PAC configurations. You may choose from the following list of alloys, all of which are offered to AWS A5.10 specifications.

Available Alloys
1100 Yes Yes
4043 Yes Yes
4047 Yes Yes
5183 Yes Yes
5356 Yes Yes
5554 Yes Yes
5556 Yes Yes

The MAXAL Commitment
Traceability of Electrode & Rod
Certifications & Society Approvals
Quality of Electrode & Rod
Unmatched Distribution & Customer Support

Sample Request
MAXAL’s commitment to quality includes providing you with sample product to test in your customer’s manufacturing or fabrication processes.  To receive a sample, please contact MAXAL through our website or the phone number below.

Shipping Lead Time Commitment
MAXAL is committed to maintaining an inventory of products.  Orders will be shipped within 24 hours from receipt of order.  Typically, orders received by noon are shipped the same day.  Special express delivery is available.

For More Information
Founded in 2006, MAXAL is operated by aluminum industry innovators Jim MacIntosh and Steve and Bruce Anderson. MAXAL is widely recognized in the industry as a technology leader and has revolutionized the way aluminum wire is developed and produced.

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Traverse City, MI 49686




Breaking News

Executive Dialogue Sparks Conversations

Executive Dialogue

The format for the Welding & Gases Today Editors’ Blogs has changed. The content that members have come to expect remains, but it has been injected with a renewed focus and a new brand. Renamed Executive Dialogue, or e-Dialogue, the posts are targeted specifically to GAWDA professionals and look to encourage discussion and dialogue about a topic via the comments section. Hesitant contributors need not worry—as part of our Executive Dialogue initiative, Welding & Gases Today now allows you to post your reaction and comments anonymously. Commenting could not be easier—there are no accounts to register for or passwords to remember.

Among WGT’s regular e-Dialogue contributors are 4 young industry professionals. Share in their experiences at GAWDA distributor companies and help create a valuable resource for the next generation of GAWDA members. The editors at GAWDA Media dive into the latest goings-on throughout the industry, the association and its publications. Your feedback and discussion can even generate future topics for Executive Dialogue. To join in the conversation, look for the e-Dialogue symbol above or visit www.WeldingAndGasesToday.org and click on Executive Dialogue.


Overheard on Executive Dialogue:

“I am intrigued by this new approach to business—‘The age of social media.’ Cautiously, I think I like it, at least I like the effort of transparency and engagement that comes with opening up new ways to connect to business peers. In fact I would say that you are not merely a student of the industry, you are also an industry pioneer, leading us into a new ways to make business connections. Thanks for giving me the incentive to blog.”
- Barbara Glessner, commenting on the
  Young Executives e-Dialogue


Airgas By-Law Amendment Overturned

A decision by the Delaware Supreme Court invalidated an Air Products-proposed amendment to Airgas by-laws that would have moved the company’s next annual meeting of stockholders up to January 18, 2011, only 4 months after the 2010 annual meeting. This was a reversal of an October decision by the Delaware Chancery Court upholding the amendment. The Supreme Court cited “historical evidence” and “case law” to support an interpretation of Airgas’ charter to disallow the shortening of directors’ terms by moving up the election. This latest ruling cannot be overturned.

In reaction to the Delaware Supreme Court decision, Airgas CEO Peter McCausland said in a statement on November 23, “We appreciate the Supreme Court’s careful consideration of this matter and believe that today is a victory for Airgas stockholders. The Supreme Court’s ruling maintains the balance of bargaining power that Delaware companies with staggered boards have always expected.”

Air Products released the following statement on November 23 regarding the decision: “We are disappointed that the Delaware Supreme Court has overturned the by-law approved by Airgas shareholders.” On November 30, Air Products extended its tender offer of $65.50 per share to Airgas shareholders until midnight on December 17. According to an Air Products statement, “As of the close of business on Monday, November 29, 2010, approximately 1,879,967 shares of Airgas common stock had been validly tendered into and not withdrawn from the offer.” This number translates to roughly 2.2 percent of the 84.07 million shares outstanding.


Five recently updated wiki terms

Inventory Turn Ratio
Interpass temperature
Electrochemical analyzer
Saddle machines

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

Industry Beat
(what people are talking about)

Peter Treadwell
Peter Treadwell

Munn Supply Adds One (Enid, OK) • Peter Treadwell, brother of Munn Supply President Phil Treadwell, joined the company as an inside sales representative. “Peter is a veteran of several different industries,” says Phil Treadwell, “He is a very detail-oriented person, a quality which will help him provide the service and attention that our customers demand.”

Servomex Acquires Delta F (Sugar Land, TX) • Servomex acquired the Delta F Corporation, located in Boston, MA, a manufacturer of trace and ultra trace oxygen and moisture analyzers based on Coulometric and Tunable Diode Laser (TDLAS) technology. Says Chris Cottrell, managing director at Servomex, “Delta F’s products and technologies are a perfect complement to Servomex’s range of process gas analysis solutions and will further extend our measurement capabilities.”


Welding & Gases Today Wants You

The Welding & Gases Today editorial staff is looking for a few good weld engineers, metallurgists and weld technicians. Are you a distributor with any of these positions on staff? Let us know. We would love to spotlight your company in the next issue of the magazine. Visit this page to sign up!

Chris Malone Lee Haeuser
Chris Malone Lee Haeuser

New Faces At Eutectic (Menomonee Falls, WI) • Eutectic Corporation named Lee Haeuser distribution development manager, where he will oversee the company’s distributor sales program. He will work closely with distributors to determine their needs and grow sales. Chris Malone was named national sales manager. In this position, he will be responsible for the distributor and direct sales channels in the domestic market. He will work actively in the field to support regional sales managers through the coaching and development of technical sales representatives.

Steve Culver
Steve Culver

Keen On Culver (Wilmington, DE) •  Keen Compressed Gas Co. appointed Steve Culver to the newly created position of Sales Manager. Culver brings with him over 25 years experience in sales and sales management, including several years in the gases and welding industry. His primary responsibilities will include managing personnel and leading the sales team in planning, goal setting and training.

Linde Plant Tagged For Sustainability (Murray Hill, NJ) • Linde’s Altamont, CA, biofuel plant was awarded a 2010 California Governor’s Environmental and Economic Leadership Award for the category of Sustainable Facility. The plant produces liquid natural gas from landfill gas and produces up to 13,000 gallons daily of near zero carbon fuel. The award recognizes Linde’s leadership in conserving California’s natural resources, protecting and enhancing the environment and strengthening the state’s economy. "Receiving the Governor’s award confirms that our fully local ‘wells to wheels’ solution has hit the ball out of the park for the residents of California,” says Pat Murphy, president, Linde North America.

Phillip Wittke
Phillip Wittke

Wittke Leads Image of Welding (Cleveland, OH) • The American Welding Society and WEMCO appointed Lincoln Electric’s Director of Marketing Phillip Wittke to serve as chair of the Image of Welding Committee. Wittke will drive industry efforts to raise the profile of welding as a career and communicate the opportunities that exist to potential welders. “There are a myriad of issues affecting the availability of skilled workers in the welding industry,” says Wittke. “Baby boomers are aging, displaced workers need retraining opportunities and Generation Y is looking for cool, technology-driven career choices.”

Wayne Geraci Matt White
Wayne Geraci Matt White

New Hires At Noble (Albany, NY) • Noble Gas Solutions, formerly AWESCO, hired Wayne Geraci as safety and compliance manager to develop and implement safety policies and programs at Noble and to oversee DOT, OSHA and FDA compliance. Geraci received his OSHA outreach trainer certification from Rochester Institute of Technology and is a certified American National Standards Institute (ANSI) 9001 auditor. Matt White was hired as regional manager, and will assume responsibility for Noble’s storefronts with a focus on the lower Hudson Valley region. White is a veteran of Iraq and Afghanistan, having served as communications/electronics officer in the Army for 4 years.

Sales Award Goes To ILMO
From left, Brad Floreth, ILMO president; Justin Stauffer, ESAB sales manager; Anthony McLaughlin, ILMO VP - sales; Greg Stauffer, ESAB VP - sales.

Sales Award Goes To ILMO (Jacksonville, IL) • ILMO Products Company received an award for Outstanding Sales Performance in the previous sales year from ESAB Welding & Cutting Products, of Florence, SC. ILMO President Brad Floreth and VP Sales Anthony McLaughlin accepted the award, which was presented at ILMO’s Jacksonville, IL, headquarters.

Praxair Opens Indiana Plant (Danbury, CT) • Praxair launched a new hydrogen facility in Whiting, IN, which will supply a local fuel refinery. The operation’s two steam methane reformers have a total capacity of 200 million scf per day. The hydrogen will be used to produce ultra-low-sulfur gasoline and diesel fuels.


California Regional Gives Back
From right, Rob Kinney, regional chair and territory manager at Praxair, ESAB Regional Sales Manager Curt Rocha and Smith Equipment District Manager Alan Lindgren.

California Regional Gives Back • The Lodi, CA, regional meeting was held on November 19 at Lodi’s Lockeford Springs Golf Course. Together, the meeting’s 54 attendees raised an astounding $1,550 for GAWDA Gives Back through a raffle of donated prizes. Curt Rocha, regional sales manager at ESAB, was the winner of the raffle’s coveted 42” LCD TV, donated by Smith Equipment District Manager Alan Lindgren. Attendees enjoyed a day of networking, golf and Western-style BBQ. “The most amazing part of this year’s event was how much our local members gave to people in need,” says regional chair Rob Kinney, territory manager at Praxair.

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