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September 8, 2011
A Semi-Monthly Newsletter for Gases and Welding Distributors Association Members
In This Issue
•  Special Permits
•  Weldco Acquired by Praxair
•  HR Committee Webinar
•  Welcome New Members
Weldcoa Gas Packs have been moving cylinders safely for 40 years.
Weldcoa has been manufacturing quality Gas Cylinder Delivery Systems since 1968. From the most basic to the most demanding, Weldcoa has products that will support you and your customer’s needs. Read more...
Safety & Compliance

Court Strikes Down EOBR Rule

The U.S. Court of Appeals vacated an FMCSA final rule requiring a motor carrier with more than 10 percent of its drivers’ logs out of compliance to install EOBRs.

Senate Drafts Hazmat Legislation

The U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation released draft legislative language to reauthorize the federal hazardous materials regulatory program. Read more...

NLRB Final Rule

The National Labor Relations Board has issued a final rule requiring employers to notify employees of their rights under the National Labor Relations Act as of November 14. Read more...
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Executive Dialogue
“Some might call it naïve to introduce a customer to a new fuel gas. I might not sell that customer more gas volume in the short run, but I believe it helps create customer loyalty.”
– Ryan Morton, Conroe Welding Supply
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Most Viewed Content — Aug. 15-31

On The Shoulders Of Giant Corporations
The government sets aside a portion of federal contracting dollars for small businesses as a way of encouraging job growth. And yet Fortune 500 companies are awarded billions of small business contracting dollars every year. Read more...
Featured Articles

In the August 30, 2011 Federal Register, the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration issued a public awareness notice drawing attention to Special Permits. PHMSA notes that many Special Permits contain additional limitations or requirements with regards to filling, offering or transporting packages under a Special Permit that may go beyond the typical requirements of the Hazardous Materials Regulations (HMR). The agency looks to raise awareness and underscore the possible consequences of failing to recognize a Special Permit package and react accordingly. PHMSA makes 5 recommendations in the notice. Read more...

Convention Attendees & Exhibitors
The cast for GAWDA’s 67th Annual Convention in New York City is taking shape. View the current list of attendees, including both distributors and suppliers. Get a sneak peak at the list of exhibitors for GAWDA’s Contact Booth Program, Tuesday October 12, from 9 a.m. to noon.
Member News



  Weldco Acquired by Praxair

DLA Honors Earlbeck

McCausland Elected as Chairman
  Matheson Sets Up in Wine Country

Mapes Named Lincoln COO
  CryoVation Expands NJ Operations
  Ohio Linde Unit Gets Upgrade

Yahoo! Features Cyberweld
AWISCO Adds to Sales Team
  Wastewater Fuels Air Products
  US Airweld President Dies
Upcoming Events
  Welding Workforce Roundtable  •  September  9
  Gettysburg, PA, Regional Meeting  •  September  13-14
  S. Lake Tahoe, CA, Regional Meeting  •  September  22-24
  GAWDA’s 67th Annual Convention  •  October  9-12
  Professional Compliance Seminar  •  September  7-9
News From GAWDA Headquarters

HR Committee to Host Webinar

GAWDA’s HR Committee will host a 1-hour webinar on entitled, “How to End Entitlement and Create a Culture of Accountability and Purpose,” delivered by Brad Hams, founder and president of Ownership Thinking. The webinar begins at 11:00 a.m. EST on September 20. Read more...

Seven Springs Regional Meeting

A total of 126 were in attendance for the Seven Springs, PA, regional meeting. The business session featured presentations on value documentation and optimum inventory levels, along with a panel on generation dynamics. Read more...

Gives Back Nears $1M Mark

GAWDA is about to break the $1 million mark in charitable contributions through the 2011 Gives Back campaign as we gear up to help worthy causes in New York City. Read more...

New Members

GAWDA is pleased to welcome new supplier member Weld-Aid Products of Detroit, MI.

GAWDA Offers NYC Tours

GAWDA has partnered with a premier NYC destination management company to offer members the ultimate New York City experience. Several tours and activities are available to convention goers.

Since Last We Met

GAWDA Headquarters seeks your help in honoring those we have lost over the past year. Please forward any information for the “Since Last We Met” retrospective at the Annual Convention to Natasha Alexis at
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