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February 23, 2011
A Semi-Monthly Newsletter for Gases and Welding Distributors Association Members
In This Issue
•  Welcome New Members
•  SMC Hotel Rate Reduced
•  Melo’s Adds Acetylene Plant
•  Regional Meetings Schedule
InoxCVA Portacryo

InoxCVA, the combined enterprise of global cryogenics leader Cryogenic Vessel Alternatives and Inox India, is pleased to offer Portacryo mini-bulk units in the United States. Favored overseas for years, Portacryo is now available for immediate delivery from InoxCVA’s facilities in Texas. Read more...

Safety & Compliance

Special Permits Fees

The Department of Transportation is seeking authority in the fiscal year 2012 budget request to impose the following fees on applicants for special permits and approvals. GAWDA will oppose these new fees and will join other associations made up of hazmat shippers and carriers in this position. Read more...
5 Wiki Terms
1. Covered electrode
2. Cryogen
3. Final line assembly
4. Galvanic corrosion
5. Stud welding
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Executive Dialogue
“I had the opportunity to assist our technician in the field while solving machine glitches. Repairing machines in the field not only improved my ability to be patient, it assisted me in gaining a further understanding of the ‘guts’ of the products that I sell every day.” –Ryan Morton, Conroe Welding Supply
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Most Viewed Content

Most Viewed Content allows readers to see what the most read member-contributed article was for the past two weeks. Readers are encouraged to interact via the comment section underneath the article.

The Art And Science Of Motivation
By Wes Morris, TWSCO
For most businesses, the greatest investment you will make is in your people. At TWSCO, not only are our people our biggest asset, they are also our biggest expense. To get the greatest return on our investment Read more...
Featured Articles

Suppliers to our industry in some ways resemble the last man (or woman) standing after playing the childhood game, King of the Mountain. Having battled the negatives of the past two years, some survived. Now, as revenue begins a slow climb upward, it’s critical to pay attention to those factors that are driving your success in 2011. Industry suppliers talked with Welding & Gases Today about what is driving their sales in 2011. In most cases, it is a combination of multiple factors, each contributing to either sales numbers equaling 2010 or growing moderately. Their predictions are, without exception Read more...

Industry Faces Later Retirement

The economy has caused many business owners to change their retirement plans—60 percent of those polled, according to Gallup/Wells Fargo. There are many obstacles making it harder to retire, ranging from social security and Read more...

Poll Question: Have you changed your retirement plans because of the economy? Vote Here

Member News


Praxair Finds Homecare Buyer
Sidney Lee Welding Adds Fill Facility
  Sales Manager Joins M.K. Morse
Melo’s Takes On Acetylene Plant
Servomex Expands Training Facility
Arcet Acquires Earl’s Welders Supply

Menon Leads At Stoody

Middlesex Expands Argon Capabilities

Rosenberger Joins Eleet Cryogenics

CU Names Systems Consultant
Upcoming Events
  Bonita Springs, FL, Regional Meeting  •  February 28 - March 1
  University of Industrial Distribution  •  March 7-10
  Professional Compliance Seminar  •  March 22-24
  Biloxi, MS, Regional Meeting  •  March 30-31
  Spring Management Conference  •  April 11-13
News From GAWDA Headquarters

SMC Hotel Rate Reduced

The hotel rate for the Spring Management Conference has just been reduced from $249 to $219!  This reduced rate also applies to all members who have already made reservations. Members who still need to make reservations can call 1-888-236-2427. View the Conference brochure and details on registration and hotel reservations.

New Members

We are pleased to welcome supplier members Brower Sales, of Middleburg, CT, and Stentz Sales Associates, of West Chester, PA.

Membership Renewal Reminder

Don’t forget to renew your GAWDA membership today! You will not be able to register for the Spring Management Conference if your dues are not current. For your convenience, the association is providing an online  Read more...

HR Manager’s Legal Reporter Discontinued

BLR is no longer publishing the HR Manager’s Legal Reporter. GAWDA headquarters has partnered with the Human Resources committee to search for a similar resource. We apologize for the inconvenience. Please look out for updates.
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