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April 8, 2011
A Semi-Monthly Newsletter for Gases and Welding Distributors Association Members
In This Issue
•  The Company Car Debate
•  Cee Kay Hosts Weld Show
•  Welcome New Members
•  Life Insurance Plan Sets Dividend
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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.

Building A Bridge Between Manufacturer, Distributor
And End-User

By Frank S. Salvucci Jr.,
Anthony Welded Products

Over the years, I’ve noticed that the greatest opportunities for distributors have always manifested themselves with the manufacturer’s participation in the communication process with the end-user. I’ve always viewed the relationship with the distributor as a true partnership. Read more...

Featured Articles
More than 400 members have signed up to attend the SMC at the Marriott Tampa Waterside Hotel & Marina in Tampa, FL, beginning on Monday, April 11. A list of attendees and vendors is available on the Spring Management Conference home page, along with helpful travel information and tips on activities to do while in Tampa. During the conference, be sure to navigate the Contact Booth Program, Tuesday, April 12, from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m., with the help of the Guide to Exhibitors, available online and in the Spring 2011 issue of Welding & Gases Today. Read more...
Members Weigh Company Car Options

When it comes to providing company cars for salespeople and key managers, gases and welding distributors have several options. Offering company-owned vehicles, providing a vehicle allowance or offering mileage reimbursement each have their costs and benefits.

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Member News
  Red River WS Hosts Open House

Rexarc Hires Director of Operations
Cee Kay Hosts Weld Show
Air Products to Build Oklahoma Unit

Airgas Appoints Executives
Haun Automates Fill Plant

Noble Names Branch Manager
Upcoming Events
  Spring Management Conference  •  April 11-13
  Professional Compliance Seminar  •  May 24-26
  Atlantic City, NJ, Regional Meeting  •  May 25-26
  East Lansing, MI, Regional Meeting  •  June 13-14
News From GAWDA Headquarters

New Members

We are pleased to welcome supplier member Retro Systems, of Valley Center, KS, and manufacturer’s representative member Gorman Sales, of Duluth, GA.

Life Insurance Plan Sets Dividend

GAWDA’s Group Life Insurance Program Trustee Chairman Scott Chenoweth, president of TWSCO (Houston, TX), is pleased to announce that, based on the 2010 favorable claim experience, $315,000 was credited back to GAWDA by MetLife. Read more...

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