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May 23, 2011
A Semi-Monthly Newsletter for Gases and Welding Distributors Association Members
In This Issue
•  Convention Speakers Announced
•  Safety Organizer Online Now
•  Pain Acquired By Airgas
Specialty Gas Solutions

Precision Specialty Gas Products is your one stop shop for the highest quality equipment and services for the production of specialty gases.

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Safety & Compliance

Safety Organizer Online Now

The May 2011 Safety & Technology Organizer is now available online. Topics include top 10 OSHA citations, shipping papers and how to survive an FDA audit.
5 Wiki Terms
1. Reactive Metal
2. Chemical Resistance
3. Bevel Face
4. Tetrafluoroethane
5. Control Manifold
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Executive Dialogue
“Next week I will be turning 1 year old in terms of years with WISCO, and boy has it been a great year. The amount of information and experiences I’ve taken in during a year’s time is mind boggling to me.”
– Brandt De Vries, WISCO
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Most Viewed Content — May 1-15

Six Unstoppable Economic Trends In 2011
By Barry Asmus, Ph.D.
As we look ahead at the American economy, I see good things. Major exporters have already started to recover as the rest of the world recovers. We will harness our own domestic energy sources, mostly natural gas. Read more...
Featured Articles

The stage has been set for GAWDA’s 67th Annual Convention, October 9-12 in New York City. Peter McCausland, Airgas CEO and president, headlines the opening business session on Monday, October 10. Firefighter and inspirational speaker Richard Picciotto will take the stage during Wednesday’s closing business session to share his first-person account of the 9/11 World Trade Center catastrophe and emergency response. Bestselling author Harry the Fish Guy will follow up to motivate and excite attendees about going to work and working hard, drawing on 30 years of running a management training and consulting business. Read more...

GAWDA Loses Past President Moore

The industry mourns the loss of Harry Moore, 1963-64 NWSA president and founder of Moore Brothers in Sacramento, CA. During his time as president of NWSA, Mr. Moore led the charge to help distributors understand the true costs of doing business. Read more...

Young Pros Speak Out

GAWDA’s Young Professionals e-dialogue is taking the industry by storm. Abydee Butler, Ryan Morton, Brandt De Vries and Colleen Mahoney share their trials and triumphs as up-and-coming members of the gases and welding industry. Read more...

Member News

  Pain Acquired By Airgas

Hobart Brothers GM Elected

ACD Appoints Managers
  Tomlinson Promoted At Red Ball
  Praxair Starts Alabama Unit

Matheson Partners for Sustainability
Keen Celebrates 92 Years

McKinney Moves Stores
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

Tampa 2011 SMC Presentations

J. Michael Marks’ presentation from GAWDA’s Spring Management Conference in Tampa, FL, is available for download. Access J. Michael Marks’ presentation, “Creating Competitive Advantage with Manufacturer and Distributors Sales Representative Collaborations” from the SMC Tampa 2011 page at To contact J. Michael Marks, please visit To contact Bruce Tulgan, presenter of “Bringing Out the Best in Young Talent,” visit or email
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