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June 8, 2011
A Semi-Monthly Newsletter for Gases and Welding Distributors Association Members
In This Issue
•  Torando Hits Distributors
•  AWISCO Breaks Record
•  Book Your Hotel for NYC
•  Atlantic City Regional Photos
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Executive Dialogue
“I took an outside sales training course consisting of 5 months of welding school, along with 4 months of sales and product training. I came out with a bank of knowledge about opportunities in the industry.”
– Jay Brant, Indiana Oxygen
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Craig Welding Supply Company

While the company officially opened its doors in the 1930s, the seeds for Craig Welding Supply Company were planted a decade earlier in the citrus groves of California’s Central Valley and Inland Empire. Read more...
Featured Articles

A massive tornado ripped through Joplin, MO, on Sunday, May 22, carving a path 3/4 mile wide by 6 miles long. Along with a climbing death toll that currently stands at 142, the twister’s 200-mph winds damaged or destroyed more than 500 businesses and 8,000 homes. Among them were 2 GAWDA distributorships, Praxair and Matheson. Praxair’s Joplin distribution location was among those hit hardest by the tornado. Because the store was closed at the time, all 6 of the employees who worked there were unharmed. Read more...

e-Dialogue Gets A New Voice

GAWDA’s Young Professionals e-Dialogue is pleased to announce the addition of a 5th young professional to its pages. Jay Brant, southern territories manager at Indiana Oxygen Company (Indianapolis, IN), joins the stellar cast of industry bloggers. Read more...

Book Your Hotel For Convention

Hotel room reservations are now available for GAWDA’s 67th Annual Convention in New York City. Please make your reservation directly with the New York Marriott Marquis on or before September 22, 2011 by calling 800-266-9432. Reservations may also be made online.

Member News

AWISCO Sets New Attendance Record

Kobelco Appoints Marketing Manager

ABCO Acquired by Airgas
  Superior Products Relocates Division
  Roberts Oxygen Moves Johnstown Store
  Central Welding Supply Supports Rodeo

Weldship’s Pratt Named Senior Advisor

Quimby Acquired by Matheson

AGL Leader Brancato Dies
Upcoming Events
  East Lansing, MI, Regional Meeting  •  June 13-14
  Cle Elum, WA, Regional Meeting  •  July 20-22
  Seven Springs, PA, Regional Meeting  •  July 27-28
  Itasca, IL, Regional Meeting  •  August 2-4
News From GAWDA Headquarters
Members Gather In Atlantic City

A record turnout and picture-perfect weather brought a smile to the face of GAWDA President Lloyd Robinson as he hosted the 2011 GAWDA New York-New Jersey Regional Meeting in Atlantic City, NJ. Read more...

Clearinghouse Online Now Active

GAWDA’s Clearinghouse Online is up and running. A new item has been posted for June 2011. To post excess inventory or items you are looking to buy on GAWDA’s Clearinghouse, contact Cecilia Barbier at or 877-382-6440.
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