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March 23, 2011
A Semi-Monthly Newsletter for Gases and Welding Distributors Association Members
In This Issue
•  O.E. Meyer Co. Expands
•  SMC Speaker Added
•  Southeast Regional Meeting
These are the Gas Packs
that changed an industry!

Before the Weldcoa M1 and the Wolf Pack, the entire industry rolled on only 4 casters. With the creation of these carts came a lower center of gravity, redundant casters and the ability to roll and position the carts with ease! Read more...

5 Wiki Terms
1. Dip transfer
2. Normal Evaporation Rate
3. Cavitation
4. Stack Cutting
5. Aligned Discontinuities
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Executive Dialogue
“Watching Watson compete on Jeopardy! illustrates the evolution of automation, right down to its ability to press a button more efficiently than its competitors. Even to those distributors who may not be concerned with applying it to their own processes, automation cannot be ignored.”
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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.

New Year, New Opportunities
By Lloyd Robinson, AWISCO
I am truly honored to be your president. I emphasize the “your” because I believe that GAWDA exists for all the members. During my year as president, I welcome all members to send me ideas and suggestions on how GAWDA could be better for you. Read more...
Featured Articles

Has the economy of recent years changed the dynamic between distributor and manufacturer? How has the relationship been tested now that there is a very evident and more prominent third party in the relationship—the customer? The Spring 2011 issue of Welding & Gases Today features a series of articles called “Partnership Principle” beginning with Frank Salvucci Jr., who tackles when it’s the right time for a manufacturer to talk to a distributor’s customer. Distribution veteran Gary Moore offers clear guidelines to manage the supplier relationship. John Beyer explains how to get technical help. A survey of both distributors and suppliers describes the perfect partnership. Read more...

Update Your Member Listing
It’s time to update your listing in the GAWDA Member Directory! We are already in gear to produce the 2011 edition and we need your company’s updates. The deadline for changes is April 1, 2011! Read more...
Member News


  O.E. Meyer Adds Ohio Branch

New Hires at TECSYS
  Promotions at Cee Kay Supply
Praxair Expands Tennessee Plant
Bug-O Appoints Manufacturing Director
American Automates Fill Plant

Stoody Marks 90 Years

Seif to Aid AWS Director
Upcoming Events
  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

4 Reasons to Attend the Spring Management Conference

1. Networking • See who’s attending and exhibiting at this year’s Spring Management Conference.

2. Informative and Engaging Speakers • A new speaker has been added to the SMC line-up: Leading the Pack Elaine Larsen, driver of the Miller Welding Jet Dragster and the Embry-Riddle Jet Dragster, with over a decade of drag racing experience Read reasons 3 and 4...

Regional Meeting Season Tees Off

Fifty distributors and suppliers came together at Raptor Bay Golf Club in Bonita Springs, FL, for the first GAWDA regional meeting of 2011. GAWDA President-elect Bryan Keen updated members on the association’s improved and evolving Read more...

Membership Renewal Reminder

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