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Gases and Welding Distributors Association (GAWDA) November 8, 2011
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A Semi-Monthly Newsletter for Gases and Welding Distributors Association Members
In This Issue
•  Incident Sharing Program
•  DOT Proposes Registration Changes
•  Coastal Opens Seventh Store
•  Welcome New Members
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Safety & Compliance

Posting Deadline Extended

The NLRB requirement to post a “Notice of Employee Rights” under the National Labor Relations Act has been postponed from November 14, 2011, to January 31, 2012. The postponement comes after several complaints were filed in court challenging the rule.
Executive Dialogue
e-dialogue“In the midst of a dismal economy characterized by high unemployment, it seems counterintuitive to hear companies say they are having trouble finding qualified employees. This is the case for many businesses.”
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Most Viewed Content — Oct. 15-31

Making The Case For E-Commerce
- By Patrick Galphin, nexAir
Face-to-face selling has long been the industry standard of doing business. With the pervasiveness of the Internet, traditional brick-and-mortar distributors are faced with the question of whether an e-commerce site is necessary, or even beneficial. Read more...

Featured Articles
An Incident Shared Is An Injury Spared

The GAWDA Safety Committee has a new initiative aimed at improving safety procedures at member operations. Accident and Incident Sharing is an information source about real-world accidents and incidents that have happened to GAWDA members. The Safety Committee wants to receive examples of accidents or incidents to be shared with other GAWDA members. By sharing these accidents and incidents, the knowledge gained may help avoid or prevent a similar event from happening at your company. Read more...

Early Bird
Discount On Early Membership Renewal

The GAWDA Board of Directors approved a 25% early-bird discount for all members who renew their 2012 Membership by December 31, 2011. A renewal letter was sent out to key company contacts this past week.

DOT Proposes Registration Changes
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration published a supplemental notice of proposed rulemaking to revise its system for registering motor carriers, brokers and freight forwarders. The Unified Registration System would combine elements into a new online system. Read more...
Member News
Jackson Gets Ready to Relocate

Air Liquide Breaks Ground in Texas
  Coastal Opens Seventh Store

S.J. Smith Purchases Propane Business

Holt Joins Hyperkinetics Corporation
  Thermadyne Appoints CFO

Customer Honors Central McGowan
Harris Products Named Most Fit
  Former Air Products Researcher Honored
  Matheson Supports Balloon Race
  Ohio Linde Plant Certified
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Upcoming Events
  GAWDA SMC  •  April 28 – May 1, 2012
  GAWDA’s 68th Annual Convention  •  September 9-12, 2012
News From GAWDA Headquarters

GAWDA Trust Names Administrator

The GAWDA Life Insurance Trust is pleased to announce that USI Affinity has been chosen to administer the existing Metropolitan Life (Met Life) Life Insurance program for GAWDA members effective December 1, 2011. Read more...

New Member

We are pleased to welcome new supplier member Hyperkinetics Corp. of Williamstown, VT.

Gives Back Donors

GAWDA would like to thank all of the companies and individuals who contributed to the 2011 GAWDA Gives Back campaign, raising a record total of $202,750. View the list of 2011 donors.

Annual Convention Highlights

Please visit and to view pictures from the 2011 Annual Convention. GAWDA would like to thank the Convention sponsors for their support of the association and industry. View a complete list of sponsors.

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