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June 23, 2011
A Semi-Monthly Newsletter for Gases and Welding Distributors Association Members
In This Issue
•  GAWDA Consultants Update
•  Sadler Expands into Florida
•  2011 Membership Directory
•  Welcome New Members
Powerful, Portable and Affordable Plasma Cutting!
The Blue Demon BlueArc 40P from Welding Material Sales is a powerful yet compact 40-amp plasma cutter that is well-designed for a number of applications such as automotive repair, mobile repair operations, light fabrication and construction. It operates off of 230V input power and is an inverter-based power source that is capable of cutting up to 3/8-in. steel and 1/4-in. stainless steel or aluminum. The plasma cutter also features an 18 ½ ft. gun for extended reach. Read more...
Safety & Compliance

DOT Cylinder Advisory

PHMSA issued a safety advisory regarding an undetermined number of aluminum cylinders that were improperly marked and represented as DOT-specification 3AL cylinders. The carbon dioxide cylinders were improperly marked with the manufacturer’s symbol M0306.
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Executive Dialogue
“I can’t tell you how many times I’ve heard the statement, ‘Cylinders aren’t supposed to be pretty.’ It seems the classic rebuttal to anything image-conscious reeks of the rationalization that industrial is somehow synonymous with hideous and filthy.”
– Abydee Butler, Butler Gas Products
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Most Viewed Content — June 1-15

Welding Rodeo Round-Up Salespeople build trust by working with customers to pinpoint their needs and recommend efficient solutions. For Marshall Judy, sales manager at Central Welding Supply, there may be no greater example of this than the Welding Rodeo. Read more...
Featured Articles

Earlbeck Gases & Technologies Baltimore, MD, has done business with local Army, Navy, Marines and Air Force facilities for many years through small business set-aside contracts. The government reserves these contracts for small firms in recognition of the fact that small businesses create jobs and drive the economy. However, as company president Jim Earlbeck discovered, some large businesses are taking part in these small business set-asides as well. Earlbeck shares his take on federal contracts in Welding & Gases Today Online’s On The Edge feature. Read more...

GAWDA Consultants Discuss Latest Regs

GAWDA’s Consultants addressed members via teleconference on Monday, June 20, to provide the latest industry regulatory information. Rick Schweitzer, Mike Dodd and Tom Badstubner each spoke on their respective areas of expertise. Read more...

President Promotes Industrial Skills

President Obama announced an expansion of Skills for America’s Future, an industry-led initiative to maximize workforce development strategies, job training programs and job placements. Air Products was highlighted for its partnership with SkillsUSA. Read more...

Member News

  AGL Adds to Management Team

Walker Joins TrackAbout
  Sadler Expands into Florida
  AWISCO to Build Green Roof

Airgas Realigns Company Divisions
Sherwood Appoints Sales Manager

Lampton Adds Sales, IT Staff

Eckhoff Joins Thermadyne

Praxair Expands in Gulf Coast
Upcoming Events
  Cle Elum, WA, Regional Meeting  •  July 20-22
  Seven Springs, PA, Regional Meeting  •  July 27-28
  Itasca, IL, Regional Meeting  •  August 2-4
  Birmingham, AL, Regional Meeting  •  August 7-8
News From GAWDA Headquarters
2011 Membership Directory

The 2011 Membership Directory is here. The directory is your reference guide to your partners in this industry. Additional copies of the directory are available in different formats. Please contact GAWDA Headquarters at 877-382-6440 for more information.

New Members

We are pleased to welcome distributor member Analox Sensor Technology, of Huntington Beach, CA.

Summary of Events Now Online

Now available on the events calendar is a detailed summary of all GAWDA meetings, compliance seminars and sister association events occurring in 2011-2013. To view the summary, visit GAWDA’s Calendar of Events and select 2011-2013 Summary of Events.

Hotel Reservations for Convention

Make your Hotel Reservations for the 2011 Annual Convention in New York City today! 47 percent of the rooms have been booked. View room rates and booking information at GAWDA’s 2011 Convention page.

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