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GAWDA Connection
Gases and Welding Distributors Association (GAWDA) March 23, 2012
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A Semi-Monthly Newsletter for Gases and Welding Distributors Association Members
In This Issue
•  Medical Gas Safety Act
•  SMC Attendees
•  Cross Texas Supply Relocates
•  Welcome New Members
The April PSGP University Classes Are Filling Up Fast! Sign Up Today!
Advanced Gravimetric Mixture Filling, April 16 – 18
This course is designed for specialty gas mixture personnel who are already comfortable making gravimetric mixtures and who need advanced training. It is a 2.5-day lecture with hands-on lab exercises. Read more...
Safety & Compliance

Hours of Service Rules Begin

FMCSA amended the driver hours of service rules in the December 27, 2011, Federal Register. The definition of on-duty time and penalties went into effect on February 27. Read more...

5 Wiki Terms
GAWDA wiki 1. Flat position
2. Leg of a fillet weld
3. Cladding
4. Coefficient of thermal expansion
5. Butadiene
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Executive Dialogue
e-dialogue“I was shocked to learn that gases like oxygen are considered ‘unapproved drugs’ in some venues. The problem is that many customers are scared off by the ‘unapproved’ label, causing them to delay or cancel orders.”
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Most Viewed Content — Mar. 1-15

Recent FDA Enforcement Activities

Recent FDA Enforcement Activities
by Tom Badstubner
In 2011, we began to see some increased inspection activity and inspection severity among GAWDA members in multiple regions. Read more...

Featured Articles
Medical Gas Act Gains Momentum

The House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Health met on March 8, 2012, to consider legislation that would create a separate approval process and a targeted set of regulations at the FDA for medical gases. LifeGas president Michael Walsh testified on behalf of the Compressed Gas Association about the Medical Gas Safety Act, stating that this legislation would eliminate regulatory uncertainty, promote safety and ensure a continued supply of critical medical gases for patients. CGA’s Medical Gas and Regulatory Policy Committee, of which GAWDA is a member, continues to meet with lobbyists and Congressional staff. Read more...

WGT Spring Issue
WGT Spring Issue Now Online and In the Mail
What would you want your business to look like if you left it and returned a few years later? GAWDA members weigh in and share their strategic business plans in the latest issue of Welding & Gases Today. Read more...
Reasons to Attend SMC
Reasons to Attend SMC
It's not too late for early registration to the 2012 Spring Management Conference in Baltimore, MD. Over 300 members are currently registered to attend, and additional room blocks have been reserved. View the latest updates, plus six reasons to attend SMC. Read more...
Member News
Cross Texas Supply Opens New Store

Cee Kay Hosts Welding Show
Cross Texas Supply Opens New Store

Central Welding Acquires Cryogenics Biz

nexAir Purchases Alabama Distributor
  ORS Nasco Fuels Job Creation
  Lincoln Acquires Weartech International
Cee Kay Hosts Welding Show

Airgas Names Communications VP
  Air Liquide Purchases Natural Gas Plant
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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

Register for Regional Meetings

Registration is open for the following GAWDA Regional Meetings: Birmingham, AL (March 25-26), Biloxi, MS (May 15-16) and Atlantic City, NJ (June 6-7). View more information about these events or register online now (online registration is not available for the Birmingham, AL, meeting).

Welcome New Members

GAWDA is pleased to welcome supplier member Sherwood Valve of Washington, PA.

Last Chance to Make Directory Changes

The 2012 GAWDA Member Directory is scheduled to be published in May 2012, and we want to make sure your company information is correct. Select “Update My Directory Listing” from the Member Directory Page or contact Cecilia Barbier at with any questions.

Sponsorship Opportunities

GAWDA is pleased to offer supplier members the opportunity to gain visibility within the industry. For the 2012 SMC, GAWDA is offering a variety of sponsorship opportunities to cater to both small and large supplier members.  Read more...
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