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July 8, 2011
A Semi-Monthly Newsletter for Gases and Welding Distributors Association Members
In This Issue
•  End-Users Speak Out
•  Convention Speakers Added
•  Worthington President Retires
•  East Lansing, MI, Regional
Automation For Any
Size Budget
American Welding & Gas chose Weldcoa to integrate palletization and custom filling automation into their existing Indiana plant while meeting their needs and their budget. Expected ROI:
2-3 years. Read more...
5 Wiki Terms
1. Fillet
2. Particulate fume
3. Type M copper
4. Alumina
5. Microfissure
Add your term at GAWDAwiki.org
Executive Dialogue
“In the workplace, I refer to my father as Pops or Dad. While some might see it as unprofessional, I believe we are just trying to practice what we preach—and that is making the customer feel right at home in our store.”
– Ryan Morton, Conroe Welding Supply
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An Industry Under Pressure

The industrial gas industry would be nothing were it not for cylinders. The first “cylinders” were animal bladders used in the 18th century to contain gases as they were studied in laboratories. Read more...
Featured Articles

Welding and gases end-users have strong ideas on what they look for when choosing a distributor. Is it low price? Service? Great Product? Welding & Gases Today went straight to the source to find out. “What Your Customers Really Want” delves into why customers buy from you—or don’t—and what they really think about the distributor-manufacturer relationship. The answers may surprise you. It’s all part of the Summer 2011 issue of Welding & Gases Today, available online at WeldingAndGasesToday.org. Read more...

Two Speakers Added for Convention

The slate for GAWDA’s Annual Convention opening session now includes James Upton, senior portfolio specialist for the emerging markets equity team at Morgan Stanley. Reality TV star Jill Zarin will speak at the spouses event. Read more...

IRS Ups Mileage Rate

The IRS increased the optional standard mileage rates for the final six months of 2011. The rate increased to 55.5 cents per mile for all business miles driven from July 1 through December 31, 2011. Read more...

Member News


  Lincoln Starts Up Wind Turbine

FIBA Certified to ISO Standards

Worthington Cylinders President Retires
  Stentz Joins Butler Gas
  Superior Products Welcomes Members
  Thermal Dynamics to Relocate

Sky Oxygen Adds Technical Rep

Matheson Adds Two

Cee Kay Aids Tornado Relief

Industrial Source Marks Milestone
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
  Southern Pines, NC, Regional Meeting  • August 14-15
News From GAWDA Headquarters
Members Meet in Michigan

A total of 70 GAWDA members gathered for the East Lansing, MI, regional meeting. The event’s featured speakers were Jim Kramer of Gallagher Financial Services and Jake Pease of The Hoffman Group, who delivered an enlightening talk on healthcare costs. Past President Gary Stoneback provided a GAWDA update. Read more...

Clearinghouse Updated

Several new items have been added to the excess inventory list on the GAWDA’s Clearinghouse Online. To post items on GAWDA’s Clearinghouse, contact Cecilia Barbier at cbarbier@gawda.org or 877-382-6440.

Regional Meeting Rescheduled

The Birmingham, AL, regional meeting, originally scheduled for August 7-8, 2011, has been tentatively rescheduled for 2012. Details will be posted on the regional meeting page as they become available.
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