A Semi-Monthly Newsletter for Gases and Welding Distributors Association Members December 23, 2010 
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Stud Welding Associates

Since its founding in 1982, Stud Welding Associates (SWA) has grown into one of the world’s leading manufacturers and distributors of stud welding fasteners and equipment. We serve a wide range of global markets, including construction, industrial, nuclear and military.

You’ll find our fasteners in critical applications in city skylines around the globe, from the skyscrapers of Manhattan in New York City to the tallest building in the world, the 1483-foot tall Petronas Towers in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. In 2011, our fasteners and custom welding equipment will be used to construct a massive and dramatic suspension bridge in the Andes Mountains, part of the Pan American Highway Bridge Project through Central America.

Our fastener product lines run deep and wide, and include concrete anchors, externally threaded fasteners, shear connectors, inserts, pipe & cable hangers, weld studs, bosses, ports and much more.

Our Pro Weld stud welding equipment line is backed by industry-leading warranty coverage, friendly and easy-to-reach expert technical service, and a fully-equipped repair facility. For decades, Pro Weld stud welding equipment has provided the tried-and-true performance in a full product line, including both drawn arc and capacitive discharge equipment. Our newest drawn arc welder, the Arc-1250i (photo) features state-of-the-art inverter technology and delivers powerful, smooth and precise control for drawn arc, gas arc and short-cycle processes, for up to 5/8-in. diameter fasteners.

Our fastener products comply with all required industry standards, such as American Welding Society ANSI/AWS D1 Welding Codes, British Standards 5950 and 5400 and Canadian Welding Bureau CSA W59, to name just a few. Our standard stud products are manufactured from ASTM A-108 or ASTM A-496 mild steel or 18/8 stainless steel grades. Other material grades are available upon request.

Strict adherence to our quality control procedures registered to ISO 9001-2000 standards ensures that our customers receive consistently high quality products. Furthermore, Stud Welding Associates maintains test reports on file which provide complete traceability of mill material, and also provides its customers with certification of each heat number purchased.

Unlike some others, we maintain a full range of weld studs, stud welding systems, accessories and rental equipment in stock at our Elyria, Ohio, manufacturing facility, as well as company warehouses across the United States.

Stud Welding Associates provides unparalleled customer support through our direct sales force and distributors, who serve as knowledgeable and professional consultants to all of our highly valued customers and independent distributors. We pride ourselves on our commitment to world-class quality products, supplied at competitive prices, backed by the best possible customer service.

Our entire team looks forward to the opportunity to serve you!

Visit us online at www.StudWelding.com, or call us at 1-800-874-7860. Mailing address: Stud Welding Associates, 12200 Alameda Drive, Strongsville, Ohio 44149.




Breaking News

GAWDA Challenges Dept. of Transportation

GAWDA and 29 other trade associations jointly filed a petition for rulemaking with the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration of the U.S. Department of Transportation. The petition seeks to establish the fitness criteria for evaluating special permits and approvals for shippers and carriers of hazardous materials through notice and comment rulemaking. To date, DOT has taken the position that a rulemaking is not required by law, which means that the regulated industry has no input into the criteria to be used. GAWDA and the other petitioners believe that a notice and comment rulemaking is required by the Administrative Procedure Act. View the petition.

Supplier Tops 2010 Articles

The most popular article at Welding & Gases Today Online for 2010 was “Oxygen Acetylene Storage vs. Use,” written by Frank S. Salvucci Jr. of Anthony Welded Products, located in Bakersfield, CA. In the article, Salvucci looks at the OSHA standards for firewall protection and the question of whether a cylinder cart, connected and ready for use, is considered to be storing cylinders or in-use by OSHA’s rules. The informative article topped all content at www.WeldingAndGasesToday.org with more than 3,800 views in 2010.

Five recently updated wiki terms
Arc Stability
Turbo Expander
Halogenated Agent
Hammer Test
Dip Brazing
To add your own term, go to www.GAWDAwiki.org.

Industry Beat
(what people are talking about)

Frank Doran
Frank Doran

Doran Joins Metro (Detroit, MI) • Metro Welding Supply hired Frank Doran as manager of plant operations. He brings over 23 years of industry work experience, with a background in specialty gases and quality control initiatives. Doran looks to grow the business while maintaining a close eye on operational efficiencies.

Ratermann Partners with Autism School (Livermore, CA) • Ratermann Manufacturing teamed up with the Morgan Autism Center to offer work opportunities to students at the school. Under the partnership, students at the San Jose, CA, school assemble ring tags for compressed gas tanks. “As a businessman and as an inventor, I know the satisfaction of a job well done,” says George Ratermann, president at the company. “Enabling those many students at the Morgan Center to have that same experience adds to their self-esteem and their self-worth.”

Frank Doran
William Stadelman enjoys his in-home welding shop, made possible with the support of Haun Welding Supply.

Haun Makes Welder’s Wish Come True (Syracuse, NY) • When the Make-A-Wish Foundation came to Broome-Tioga BOCES Welding Instructor John Shear to help locate a sponsor for welding student William Stadelman’s wish, Shear knew exactly who to ask. After Stadelman, who suffers from brain cancer, became too ill to attend welding classes, Haun Welding Supply took charge of the project and helped transform the student’s garage into a personal welding shop over the course of 8 months. Haun Outside Sales Rep John Wilmarth worked with Miller Electric and other supplier partners to secure more than $15,000 worth of welding equipment and accessories. Says Wilmarth, “It was an unusual wish, and I was glad that we could help out.”

Overheard on Executive Dialogue:
Executive Dialogue
“I have to be honest with you all and ask where all the welding jobs are. I was certified in over 12 different welding processes and even with that I have been out of work in the steel industry for 2 years. All the articles about the welder shortage are aggravating because I want to be doing my craft and can’t secure work in my chosen career field. Instead I’m running machines in a factory making plastic bottles.”
-Scott, commenting on “Tragedy Underscores Importance of Quality Welding

Bob Zieschang
Bob Zieschang

Zieschang Joins American Standard (Central Bridge, NY) • American Standard Manufacturing hired Bob Zieschang as director of sales and marketing. His responsibilities include developing new and existing customer relations, trade show planning/execution and industrial association involvements. Zieschang is a 25-year veteran of the industry.

Gas and Supply Adds Automatic (Baton Rouge, LA) • Gas and Supply acquired Automatic Gas, a 5-million-gallon propane distributor located in Tyler, TX. The purchased company will operate under the name Automatic Gas and Supply. With the acquisition, Gas and Supply adds 65 new employees at 12 locations across Eastern Texas.

Tim Birky
Tim Birky

Lincoln Promotes Birky (Cleveland, OH) • Lincoln Electric promoted Tim Birky to marketing communications manager, responsible for overseeing Lincoln’s creative services, marketing communications, events and trade show teams. Birky previously worked as motorsports marketing specialist. He holds a bachelor’s degree in organizational leadership and supervision from Purdue University.

Airgas North Central Sells Assets (Chicago, IL) • Airgas North Central and J. F. Ahern Co. of Fond du Lac, WI, reached an agreement for Ahern to purchase the assets of Airgas North Central’s Fire Services Division. The fire equipment business includes 40 employees, who Ahern plans to hire as part of the agreement. The acquisition enables Airgas to focus on its core operations of distributing industrial, medical and specialty gases, along with related equipment and supplies, and will be finalized February 1, 2011.

Steve Culver
President Steve Craig (left) and Vice President Dave Craig carry on the family business at Craig Welding Supply.

Craig Welding Supply Marks 80 Years (Los Angeles, CA) • Craig Welding Supply Company celebrates its 80th anniversary in 2010. The family business was founded by Robert Craig, grandfather of current owners Steve Craig, president, and Dave Craig, vice president. The distributor that got its start serving California’s citrus farmers now focuses mainly on Los Angeles’ industrial market. CWSC is also marking an 80-year partnership with Airco/BOC/Linde that began in 1930.

Thermadyne Finalizes Sale (St. Louis, MO) • Thermadyne Holdings Corporation completed its acquisition by Irving Place Capital, a middle-market private equity firm. With the transaction, Mike McLain was appointed executive chairman of the board of directors. McLain previously served as president and CEO of Aearo Technologies and has more than 20 years of experience in the consumer products industry, including the role of president and CEO of DowBrands. “With Mike McLain and Irving Place Capital on our team, I believe we can accelerate the company’s success in the global cutting and welding products market,” says Thermadyne President Martin Quinn.

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!


Membership Renewal Reminder • As 2010 draws to a close, it’s time again to look forward to a new year. A new year for GAWDA means new opportunities to network and increase viable business prospects through an assortment of GAWDA services. Renew your GAWDA membership today! For your convenience, the association is providing an online dues payment option so that you can easily make your 2011 dues payment. Please use the username and password on your renewal notice to access the online renewal website. If you have any questions, please contact Cecilia Barbier at 877-382-6440 ext. 2.

Marriott Tampa Waterside Hotel & Marina

Save The Date • The Spring Management Conference will take place April 11-13, 2011, at the Marriott Tampa Waterside Hotel & Marina, located in Tampa, FL. Highlights will include the Contact Booth Program, technology fair and guest speakers Michael Marks and Bruce Tulgan. Preview the tentative schedule of events online.

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