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GAWDA Connection
Gases and Welding Distributors Association (GAWDA) February 8, 2012
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A Semi-Monthly Newsletter for Gases and Welding Distributors Association Members
In This Issue
•  2012 Supplier Forecast
•  SMC Registration Opens
•  Tank Truck Endorsements
•  Member Directory Update
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PSGP University develops skill sets in specialty gas filling through both classroom and hands-on instruction. The programs focus on all aspects of specialty gas filling and testing. Basic and advanced seminars are available. Read more...
Safety & Compliance

CDL Tank Truck Endorsements

GAWDA joined a coalition of trade associations to modify the CDL rules that require drivers to have tank vehicle endorsements. Read more...

FMCSA Bars Schedule I Drugs

FMCSA amended the physical qualifications for drivers to clarify that drivers may not use Schedule I drugs. Read more...

Hand-Held Phone FAQs

FMCSA revised its FAQs for the final rule limiting the use of hand-held mobile phones by CMV drivers. The revised FAQs allow drivers to use push-to-talk technology. Read more...

5 Wiki Terms
GAWDA wiki 1. Flame speed
2. Brazing
3. Rated load
4. Instrument air
5. Dalton’s law
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Executive Dialogue
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Most Viewed Content — Jan. 15-31

Eyeing Potential Shortages In 2012
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...

Featured Articles
Distributors Primed For Growth In 2012

Despite the sales growth of 2011, GAWDA suppliers are hesitant to declare 2012 as a year to celebrate more growth in Welding & Gases Today’s 2012 Supplier Forecast. With high unemployment and stalled manufacturing and construction, the confidence that would allow businesses to move ahead lies dormant. Yet there is hope for specific segments. Those suppliers who count on the energy or health care markets as their base of customers will do well. Those suppliers who provide the tools for increasingly automated workplaces will enjoy record sales. Others will welcome moderate sales growth, while remaining prepared for possible hard times. Read the complete forecast.

Spring Management Conference
SMC Registration: Three for Two
Registration for the Spring Management Conference is now open. Register early and save: Buy two, get the third at no cost. Speakers for the event include political journalist Juan Williams, economist Andy Bauer and strategy consultant Karl Meinhardt. Read more...
CGA Partnership Update
CGA Partnership Update
CGA documents are here! All GAWDA distributor member companies are invited to enjoy free downloads of CGA’s top safety documents. More information on how to participate in this program is available on the GAWDA website at Read more...
Member News
Roch Monahan

Wade Smith
OKI Bering Names COO

Ozarc Weld-A-Thon Takes Over Twitter

Jackson Boosts Efficiencies at New Store
  Washington Alloy Names GM
  WMS Hires Midwest Rep
  Middlesex Expands Nitrogen Capabilities

Direct Wire Hires VP Ops
  ILMO Earns Advertising Awards
  Air Liquide Acquires Louisiana ASU
  Airgas Tabs Strategic Pricing VP
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Upcoming Events
  Regional Meeting, Birmingham, AL  •  March 25 - 26
  Professional Compliance Seminar  •  March 27 - 29
  GAWDA SMC  •  April 28 - May 1
  Regional Meeting, Biloxi, MS  •  May 15 - 16
News From GAWDA Headquarters

Member Directory Update

Save time—update your directory listing online! It’s time for the 2012 GAWDA Member Directory, and we want to make sure your company information is correct. To ease the process this year, we’ve created an online updating process. Read more...

Birmingham Regional Registration

Registration for the Birmingham, AL, regional meeting is now open. Registration form and agenda are available on GAWDA’s Regional Meeting home page. Contact Regional Chairperson James Cain at with questions. Read more...

Membership Renewal Reminder

If you have not already renewed your Membership for 2012, time is running out! An online payment option has been provided, so payment is easy. Read more...
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