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March 8, 2011
A Semi-Monthly Newsletter for Gases and Welding Distributors Association Members
In This Issue
•  Early Bird Registration
•  ILMO Earns Top Honors
•  Safety Organizer Updated
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. Read more...

Safety & Compliance

Safety & Technology Organizer

The Safety & Technology Organizer has been updated for March. This month’s issue focuses on personal protective equipment (PPE). The Traffic Bulletin looks at previous employer alcohol and drug test information inquiries. Read more...
5 Wiki Terms
1. Sigma phase
2. Cryostat
3. Discontinuity
4. Oxygen grease
5. Backing shoe
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Executive Dialogue
“In any company, being the son or daughter of the boss comes with a stigma. It is a preconceived notion that you have it easy, that you have a free pass, and you can afford to be lazy.”
– Brandt De Vries, WISCO
Join the e-dialogue
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.

Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy
By Doug Morton, Eleet Cryogenics
Quite a bit of discussion over the last couple of years has centered on hyperbaric opportunities and how gas distributors can capitalize on this growth industry. Understanding more about what hyperbaric therapy is and how it works Read more...
Featured Articles

The first stated purpose of the Gases and Welding Distributors Association is “to provide high impact educational and training opportunities and meetings for the industry.” Without a doubt, the Spring Management Conference is the embodiment of this goal, equipping members with best practices and takeaways that they can apply to everyday business. Five attendees from last year’s SMC shared how they are applying this education and training in their businesses. Read more...

Early Bird Gets $100
Early Bird registration rates are still available for the 2011 Spring Management Conference. After March 14, the registration fees will increase by $100. Register 2 full delegates and receive a complimentary 3rd full delegate registration! Read more...
Member News


  ESAB Opens New Facility

ILMO Named Business Of The Year
  Pacific Supports Welding Contest
IWDC CEO To Retire
Gas And Supply Relocates Birmingham Store
Air Products Upgrades ASU

Tiller Tapped As CGA CEO

Wright Joins Delta Gases

Lincoln Receives IIW Award
Upcoming Events
  Professional Compliance Seminar  •  March 22-24
  Biloxi, MS, Regional Meeting  •  March 30-31
  Spring Management Conference  •  April 11-13
  Professional Compliance Seminar  •  May 24-26
  Atlantic City, NJ, Regional Meeting  •  May 25-26
News From GAWDA Headquarters

GAWDA Website Changes Coming

The GAWDA website continues to serve as one of several resources available to members. We encourage members to use the website to stay engaged in the association and industry. Coming soon to the website:

•  Updated members-only section, scheduled to go live at the end of March
•  Updated committee section with up-to-date committee objectives and minutes
•  Latest association news on the homepage

Regional Meetings Scheduled

A full slate of regional meetings has been scheduled for 2011. Eleven meetings are currently planned in locations throughout the country. Join GAWDA members for educational business meetings paired with social get-togethers and golf outings.

Online Membership Renewal

Don’t forget—member dues must be current in order to register for the Spring Management Conference. For your convenience, renew your membership online today using the username and password provided on your membership renewal notice.
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