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May 8, 2011
A Semi-Monthly Newsletter for Gases and Welding Distributors Association Members
In This Issue
•  Distributors Escape Tornadoes
•  Cell Phone Ban Proposed
•  Thermadyne Appoints CEO
•  Welcome New Members
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

Cell Phone Ban Proposed

The Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration issued a notice of proposed rulemaking that would restrict the use of handheld mobile telephones by drivers of vehicles that are placarded or contain select agents or toxins. Read more...
5 Wiki Terms
1. Air cap
2. Cavitation
3. Interpass temperature
4. Parrafins
5. Cerium tungsten
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Executive Dialogue
“Being in such a unique industry, we are lucky to have an organization such as GAWDA to keep us informed, empowered and well-resourced with the tools needed for success.”
– Abydee Butler, Butler Gas Products
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Most Viewed Content — April 15-30

EOBR Mandate: Compliance or Convenience?
A recent proposal from the Federal Motor Carrier Safety has been met with mixed reviews from those in the gases and welding industry.
Featured Articles

A severe weather system ripped through 14 states on April 27-28. Destruction from 305 tornadoes that hit the ground left almost 400 people dead, many injured, and tens of thousands of businesses and houses decimated. GAWDA Connection staff contacted distributors with locations in the storm’s path, and is happy to report that, remarkably, no one suffered major damage. In one of the hardest hit cities, Tuscaloosa, AL, 2 member companies—Atlas Welding Supply Co. and Southern Gas and Supply—escaped the storm’s wrath, despite being located less than three-quarters and half a mile away respectively from the twisters’ path.

Donations Approach $1 Million
Now in its 12th year, GAWDA Gives Back gears up to help those in need in NYC, the site of this year’s GAWDA Annual Convention. Nearly $1 million have been donated over the program’s history. Read more...
Member News

  O.E. Meyer Adds Regional Managers

Thermadyne Appoints Quinn as CEO
  Roberts Oxygen Recognized for Safety

Promotions at Chart
  Middlesex Launches Website
  Superior Products Adds Sales Staff

Uniweld Earns ‘Green’ Honors

Red Ball Names VP of Operations
  OSHA Honors Hypertherm
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

Members Meet In Mississippi

A total of 80 GAWDA members gathered March 30-31 at the IP Casino Resort Spa for the Biloxi, MS, regional meeting. Following Wednesday’s golf scramble at Shell Landing and a reception at IP Casino, members got down to business on Thursday, beginning with a session by Mark Hunter on growing sales profitability. Read more...

Committee-Only Website Now Available

Attention all GAWDA Committee Members! The Committee-Only website is now available. All standing committees will be able to view committee objectives, rosters, minutes and documents. You can sign in from the committee page by selecting Committee Log-in on the left hand side of the page. This is a work in progress. Please send comment and suggestions to

New Members

We are pleased to welcome supplier members G&J Hall Tools, of St. Louis, MO, and Global Hardgoods, of Chagrin Falls, OH.
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