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GAWDA Connection
Gases and Welding Distributors Association (GAWDA) October 23, 2011
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A Semi-Monthly Newsletter for Gases and Welding Distributors Association Members
In This Issue
•  GAWDA Gives Record Amount
•  President Keen Inaugurated
•  Welcome New Members
•  Regional Raises $50K
Smart-Hose High Pressure
Safety Hose With A Twist
Smart-Hose Technologies manufactures the safest high-pressure hose assemblies in the world that are designed and engineered with internal valves that are integrated into each end fitting. The Smart-Hose High Pressure Pigtails are designed to instantaneously shut down the flow of material in both directions in the event of a catastrophic hose failure. Read more...
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Executive Dialogue
e-dialogue“Although social networking is prevalent in the business world in the form of LinkedIn, nothing beats face time. I will always choose meeting in person or talking over the phone in lieu of email or texting.”
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Most Viewed Content — Oct. 1-14

The Energy Exporting
Capital of the World

Energy is a major market for gases and welding providers. Economist Barry Asmus, Ph.D., discusses which energy markets hold the key to the future, and which ones have no future at all. The news is rather surprising. Read more...

Featured Articles
GAWDA Gives Back Raises $202,750

At GAWDA’s 67th Annual Convention in New York City, two local organizations were the recipients of GAWDA members’ generosity. 2010-2011 GAWDA President Lloyd Robinson presented two checks, each totaling $101,375.00. In accepting the check for the FDNY Fire Family Transport Foundation, Chief Jim Lanza said, “I am overwhelmed. Every firefighter in the City of New York is grateful to GAWDA members for your generosity.” Read more...

Bryan Keen
Bryan Keen Assumes GAWDA Presidency

Bryan Keen, president of Keen Compressed Gas Co., was named president of GAWDA during the Annual Convention’s closing business meeting. The 2011 Annual Convention enjoyed a 4-year high attendance of 904 distributors, suppliers and guests. Read more...

Ned Pontious
New Board Members Announced
GAWDA introduced several new board members at the Annual Convention. Norco (Boise, ID) President Ned Pontious was named first vice president. Three additional vice presidents were named to the board. Read more...

2011 Convention Photos

Member News
Jackson Gets Ready to Relocate
Air Liquide Breaks Ground in Texas
  Weldship Acquired by Markel

Pacific WS Opens Bremerton Branch

Ratermann Dubbed Master Distributor

Jackson Gets Ready to Relocate
  Praxair Acquires Houston Distributor

Air Liquide Breaks Ground in Texas
  Norco Acquires Medical Supply Business
  Chart Expands LNG Production
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News From GAWDA Headquarters

New Member

We are pleased to welcome new supplier member Lehigh Equipment Co. Inc. of Burlington, KY.

Gettysburg Regional Raises $50K

The Gettysburg regional meeting was attended by more than 100 people. The accompanying silent auction was a huge success this year, raising more than $50,000 for GAWDA Gives Back. Read more...

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