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April 23, 2011
A Semi-Monthly Newsletter for Gases and Welding Distributors Association Members
In This Issue
•  Gives Back Recipients Named
•  SMC Photos
•  Gas And Air Joint Venture
•  Welcome New Members
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Safety & Compliance

Cylinder Theft Investigation

A GAWDA distributor on the East Coast recently was robbed of 17 liquid containers in broad daylight on a Sunday afternoon at 4:30 p.m. The scene was recorded on security video. Read more...
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Executive Dialogue
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–Ryan Morton, Conroe Welding Supply
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Most Viewed Content — April 1-15

Outlasting Everest
Air Liquide’s Christopher Guest was a mere 50 vertical ft. from the pinnacle of Mt. Everest when his oxygen mask began to fail. Read more...
Featured Articles

More than 500 people gathered near the sunny shores of Tampa, Florida, for GAWDA’s Spring Management Conference, which wrapped up Wednesday, April 13. The event kicked off with the First Timers’ and President’s Receptions at The Florida Aquarium. 2011 GAWDA President Lloyd Robinson and several past presidents were on hand to welcome first time attendees before distributors and suppliers arrived to network amidst an exotic array of sea life. Read more...

GAWDA Gives Back Recipients Named

President Lloyd Robinson laid down the challenge when he said, “It is up to us who have much to make the world a better place” when he announced two programs that will be the beneficiaries of GAWDA’s 2011 Gives Back campaign. Read more...

Members React To SMC

Distributors and suppliers alike came away from the Spring Management Conference with valuable lessons and ideas to take back to their businesses. Here are a few of the things members had to say about their experiences. Read more...

Member News

  Gas and Air Forms Joint Venture

Ozarc Holds Weld-A-Thon
  ESAB Relocates Manufacturing Plant

Chart Acquires Thermoacoustic Developer

Airgas Earns Safety Awards

Barnhart Joins Kaplan Industries
  Maine Oxy Moves Southborough Store
Cee Kay Turns Trash into Art

Continuous Improvement at Cyl-Tec

CU Hires Sales Manager
Upcoming Events
  Professional Compliance Seminar  •  May 24-26
  Atlantic City, NJ, Regional Meeting  •  May 25-26
  East Lansing, MI, Regional Meeting  •  June 13-14
  Cle Elum, WA, Regional Meeting  •  July 20-22
News From GAWDA Headquarters

New Members

We are pleased to welcome distributor member Superior Welding Supply, of Angola, IN, and supplier member Freeport Gases Co., of Freeport, Grand Bahama, Bahamas.
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