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Gases and Welding Distributors Association (GAWDA) January 23, 2012
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A Semi-Monthly Newsletter for Gases and Welding Distributors Association Members
In This Issue
•  2012 Business Forecast
•  Cylinder Marking Advisory
•  ESAB Acquired
•  Welcome New Members
GAWDAwiki Keeps
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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

Updates from PHMSA

• The online application process for renewing special permits includes an automatic response for eligible applicants.

• A public meeting to review special permits procedures will be held in March 2012.

• A revision to the Emergency Response Guidebook will be issued in the next month or so.

5 Wiki Terms
GAWDA wiki 1. Copolymer
2. Medical gas outlet
3. Thermal cutting
4. Current density
5. Heat exchanger
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Most Viewed Content — Jan. 1-15

Government Targets Imported Cylinders
In 2010, imports of high pressure steel cylinders from China were valued at $48.8 million. Commerce determined that Chinese producers have sold high pressure steel cylinders at margins ranging from 5.08 to 26.23 percent. Read more...

Featured Articles
Distributors Primed For Growth In 2012

GAWDA distributors are optimistic about opportunities in store for 2012, as reflected in their comments in Welding & Gases Today’s 2012 Distributor Forecast. Belts have been tightened, efficiencies uncovered, improvements made, and new ideas are abundant. In the Central region, distributors are seeing movement in the automotive sector, but concerns linger over the lack of money being spent on new equipment. Western distributors are remodeling fill plants, adding labs, building new stores or upgrading old ones in anticipation of sales growth. Read more...

2012 Outlook: Supply Shortages
2012 Outlook: Supply Shortages
2011 held its share of supply challenges for distributors. During a recent helium supply strain, many distributors found themselves on allocation from their suppliers. Currently, there are several planned outages that will impact supplies in 2012. Read more...
CGA Partnership Update
Unauthorized Cylinder Marking Advisory
PHMSA determined that between November 2008 and October 2011, Spears Fire & Safety requalified approximately 7,740 DOT specification cylinders after its authority to requalify high pressure cylinders expired on October 31, 2008. Read more...
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Member News
George Bowman

Dan Taylor
  ESAB Acquisition Finalized

Norco Appoints Zone VPs

LA-CO Names President
  Cavagna Hires Sales Manager
  Praxair Acquires Third Houston Biz
  INOXCVA Expands Customer Service

Cee Kay Establishes Memorial Scholarship
  Airgas Opens Nebraska Store
  Midalloy Moves Houston Operations
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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

New Members

GAWDA is pleased to welcome distributor member Dixie Welding Supply Co. in Attalla, AL, individual member Henry Greico in Warren, NJ, and supplier members MetalMan Work Gear Co. of Appleton, WI, Ace Industrial Products in St. Louis, MO, Infra SA De CV in Chihuahua, Mexico, and ETOL SA de CV in Mexico City, Mexico.

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