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GAWDA Connection
Gases and Welding Distributors Association (GAWDA) January 8, 2012
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A Semi-Monthly Newsletter for Gases and Welding Distributors Association Members
In This Issue
•  Hours of Service Final Rule
•  Member Discount Extended
•  TWSCO Acquired by Praxair
•  Welcome New Members
The Original
and Still the Best.
Weldcoa’s Classic LowPro
Features & Benefits
•   1,400 lbs. capacity casters are standard
•   Durable 8-in. C-Channel base
•   Strong tubular steel upright
•   Read more...
Safety & Compliance

Cell Ban Takes Effect

The DOT final rule prohibiting drivers of commercial motor vehicles from using hand-held cell phones while operating their vehicles went into effect January 3, 2012. Read more...
5 Wiki Terms
GAWDA wiki 1. Pulsed MIG
2. Coalescence
3. Reducing
4. Ozone
5. Upset welding
Add your term at GAWDAwiki.org
Executive Dialogue
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Holiday Gift Guide
For the welding and gases enthusiast, 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...

Featured Articles
Final Rule Addresses Hours of Service

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration retained the 11-hour daily driving limit in a final rule amending the driver hours of service regulations published in the December 27, 2011, Federal Register. Several of the most burdensome requirements in the proposed rule have been amended or dropped in the final rule. In addition, except as noted in the following article, the provisions of the new rule will not go into effect until July 1, 2013. FMCSA has also published FAQs on the final rule. Read more...

Membership Discount Extended
Membership Discount Extended
There is still time to save 25% on your 2012 GAWDA membership dues. The early renewal discount has been extended to January 13, 2012. Don’t miss out—pay online or send your check today. Read more...
CGA Partnership Update
CGA Partnership Update

A partnership giving GAWDA members access to CGA’s electronic safety standards was announced at GAWDA’s Annual Convention. Both organizations have been working through the processes to go live, and the program is now expected to launch in February. Read more...

Member News
Anthony McLaughlin

Dan Taylor
ILMO Adds President, Sales Manager

TWSCO Acquired by Praxair

Direct Wire Promotes Laubach
  INOXCVA Relocates Headquarters
  Presidential Hopeful Visits Hypertherm
  Cee Kay Helps Santa

Norco Restructures Management Team
  Linde to Build Arkansas ASU
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Upcoming Events
  Regional Meeting, Birmingham, AL  •  March 25 - 26
  GAWDA SMC  •  April 28 – May 1
  Regional Meeting, Atlantic City, NJ  •  June 5 - 7
  Regional Meeting, Oregon, OH  •  June 19 - 20
News From GAWDA Headquarters

Life Insurance Consultant Introduced

Brian McLaughlin of USI Affinity, officially took over as the GAWDA Life Insurance Consultant on January 1, 2012. USI Affinity will administer a comprehensive and accessible product that meets the high service expectations of GAWDA members. Read more...

New Members

GAWDA is pleased to welcome supplier members J. P. Nissen Company of Glenside, PA, and Mercer Abrasives of Deer Park, NY.
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