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GAWDA Connection
Gases and Welding Distributors Association (GAWDA) March 8, 2012
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A Semi-Monthly Newsletter for Gases and Welding Distributors Association Members
In This Issue
•  GAWDA Testifies at DOT
•  Propylene Cylinders Recalled
•  Online Meeting Registration
•  Welcome New Members
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

Propylene Cylinders Recalled

Worthington Cylinders announced a voluntarily recall of Map Pro, Propylene and MAPP Gas cylinders. The seal on the cylinders may leak after torches and other fuel-consuming equipment are disconnected, posing a fire hazard. Read more...

Helium Inhalation Alert

GAWDA and CGA issued a safety alert to remind distributors to educate customers about the hazards of inhaling helium. An incident involving the death of a teenage girl from breathing helium has drawn national media attention. Read more...
5 Wiki Terms
GAWDA wiki 1. Underfill
2. Cross slide
3. Adaptive control
4. Volt-amp curve
5. Globe valve
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Executive Dialogue
e-dialogue“FMCSA’s new definition of tank vehicle has been described as broad and burdensome. Additionally, a loose enforcement timeline could create confusion and additional expense for distributors doing business in multiple states.”
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Most Viewed Content — Feb. 15-29

The Shale Effect
by Bob Garland

Shale gas production has a positive impact not only on the oil and gas industry, but on indirect and induced suppliers. For gases and welding distributors, this means a new and expanding market. Read more...
Featured Articles
GAWDA Testifies On Special Permits

GAWDA General Counsel Rick Schweitzer testified at a February 29 public meeting at the U.S. Department of Transportation on fitness determinations for special permit and approval applications. The Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration asked participants for input on what constitutes “fitness” to conduct the activity requested in the special permit or approval. In his testimony, Schweitzer stated that PHMSA should have posed this question in the context of a notice and comment rulemaking before imposing the latest standards for fitness determinations. He suggested that PHMSA follow the approach taken by the FMCSA in developing its fitness standards for motor carriers under the CSA program. Read more...

DOT to Issue EOBR Proposal
DOT to Issue EOBR Proposal

FMCSA will combine rulemakings on electronic on-board recorders and issue a supplemental notice of proposed rulemaking in 2012. The agency plans to move forward with a proposal to mandate EOBRs for commercial vehicles in interstate commerce. Read more...

GAWDA Technology Survey
GAWDA Technology Survey

The GAWDA Management Information Committee will present at the upcoming Spring Management Conference. They are requesting your participation in a brief survey to determine what Information Technology topics you, as members, will find most beneficial in discussing. Offer your feedback here.

Member News
Hoyt Fitzsimmons

Vincent Cirrincione
  Lampton Plans Fill Plant, Health Center

US Tank Appoints Fitzsimmons to COO

Ozarc's Weld-A-Thon Picks Up Steam
  FNF Names Exclusive U.S. Supplier
  New Hires at Mississippi Welders Supply
  Taylor-Wharton Appoints Marketing Coordinator

Air Liquide Promotes Literacy
Sky Oxygen Founder Cirrincione Remembered
  TOMCO2 Chairman Hinely Remembered
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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

SMC Registration Discount

Early registration is still available for the 2012 Spring Management Conference. Take advantage of a special deal to buy two delegates and get the third at no cost. Register online and see who is attending at

Overflow Hotel Booking

The Baltimore Marriott Waterfront, host of the 2012 SMC, is fully booked for Saturday, April 28 and Tuesday, May 1. GAWDA has negotiated a discount rate with the Courtyard Marriott, located a block from the host hotel. Read more...

Welcome New Members

GAWDA is pleased to welcome distributor member Forney Industries Inc. of Fort Collins, CO.

Online Registration for Regional Meetings

Members can now register for all meetings (including Regional Meetings) by clicking "Login to My Account" on the GAWDA homepage. You can view your account and register for the SMC and several Regional Meetings at the same time. Please contact or 877-382-6440 ext. 2 with questions.
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