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GAWDA Connection
Gases and Welding Distributors Association (GAWDA) December 23, 2011
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A Semi-Monthly Newsletter for Gases and Welding Distributors Association Members
In This Issue
•  Imported Cylinder Notice
•  Holiday Gift Guide
•  Food Gas Procedures
•  Members on Twitter
GAWDAwiki Keeps
You Connected
Where do you go for in-depth information on the equipment, services and practices you use every day? Now you can go to GAWDAwiki, available to all association members. Located at, the website features a comprehensive collection of industry terminology, videos, white papers, spec sheets, news and even a searchable buyers guide. GAWDAwiki is your source for gases and welding information.
Safety & Compliance

Food Gas Procedures

Since September 2011, GAWDA has developed and enhanced sample procedures for filling and testing food grade gases. Also, GAWDA hosts a monthly webinar to discuss food gas procedures, inspections and interpretations. Read more...
5 Wiki Terms
GAWDA wiki 1. Drag
2. Charged coupled device
3. Weld puddle
4. Final taper current
5. Cryogenic system
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Executive Dialogue
e-dialogue“Will vending machines uproot the traditional distributor salesperson? Does automating the process change the nature of the sales relationship?”
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Most Viewed Content — Dec. 1-15

2011 In Review:
How Was The Year For You?

A year ago, Welding & Gases Today polled distributors across the U.S. to gather predictions about 2011. Was the 2011 forecast on target for your region, or did business take an unexpected turn? Read more...

Featured Articles
Government Targets Imported Cylinders

The Department of Commerce announced its preliminary determination in the antidumping duty investigation of imports of high pressure steel cylinders from China. Dumping occurs when a foreign company sells a product in the United States at less than fair value. In 2010, imports of high pressure steel cylinders from China were valued at an estimated $48.8 million. As a result of this preliminary determination, Commerce will instruct U.S. Customs and Border Protection to collect a cash deposit or bond based on preliminary rates ranging from 5.08 to 26.23 percent. Read more...

Give the Gift of Gases & Welding
Give the Gift of Gases & Welding

For the welding and gases enthusiast on your holiday list, the Welding & Gases Holiday Gift Guide offers unique items that rely on the industry’s products, from bells welded from recycled gas cylinders to helium-filled flying fish. Read more...

Happy Holidays from GAWDA

We would like to thank you for your membership and continued partnership. May your holiday season and the New Year be filled with much joy, happiness and success. We look forward to working with you in the coming year.

John Ospina, Natasha Alexis and Cecilia Barbier

Member News
John Hanlon

Harry Sadler
  Norco Acquires Valley Medical Shoppe

Kroll Elected as CGA Chairman

S. J. Smith’s Hanlon to Retire

Air Liquide to Build North Dakota ASU
  White House Honors Praxair Engineer
  nexAir Chairman Honored
Lincoln’s Sadler to Chair Shipbuilding Committee
  Hypertherm Named to Best Companies HOF
  Chart Expands in Minnesota
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Upcoming Events
  GAWDA Medical Gas Roundtable  •  January 4, 2012
  Regional Meeting, Birmingham, AL  •  March 25 - 26, 2012
  GAWDA SMC  •  April 28 – May 1, 2012
  Regional Meeting, Atlantic City, NJ  •  June 5 - 7, 2012
News From GAWDA Headquarters

GAWDA Members on Twitter

Twitter is abuzz with networking among GAWDA members. Get in on the conversation by connecting with fellow GAWDA distributors and suppliers on Twitter. Get your company listed by sending a message on Twitter to @GasWeldEdge or @WeldGasToday.
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