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Gases and Welding Distributors Association (GAWDA) April 8, 2012
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A Semi-Monthly Newsletter for Gases and Welding Distributors Association Members
In This Issue
•  Painting A Vo Tech Challenge
•  FMCSA to Amend CSA
•  Nordan Smith Acquired
•  Birmingham Regional
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Safety & Compliance

FMCSA Postpones Training Rule

FMCSA postponed publication of its final rule on minimum training standards for entry-level CDL drivers. Read more...

PHMSA Names Chief Safety Officer

Mark Carr was sworn in as the new assistant administrator and chief safety officer at PHMSA. Read more...
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Executive Dialogue
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Most Viewed Content — Mar. 15-31

J.W. Goodliffe & Son's operations appear rather modest, but it is the company's presence online that is truly astounding. Last year, the New Jersey distributor saw more than 1.2 million visits to its online retail website. Read more...

Featured Articles
GAWDA Gives Schools A Makeover

The GAWDA leadership team is putting plans in place to carry out the "Painting A Vo Tech" initiative announced at the 2011 Annual Convention in New York City. In celebration of April's designation as "National Welding Month," we are asking all GAWDA members to identify a local school with a welding program. Assist this school with recruiting new students and brightening the attitude of current students by cleaning up the classroom and/or welding center. Turn a dingy classroom into a bright learning environment with a fresh coat of paint. In a day, you can make a difference that will last a lifetime. Read more...

FMCSA to Amend CSA
FMCSA to Amend CSA
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration announced planned improvements to the Carrier Safety Measurement System (SMS), which was implemented in December 2010 as part of the Agency's broader Compliance, Safety, Accountability (CSA) initiative. Read more...
Spring Management Conference Attendance Grows
SMC Attendance Grows
GAWDA's Spring Management Conference is only three weeks away. Over 450 members are registered to attend the 2012 SMC in Baltimore, MD, running April 28-May 1. See who is attending here.
Member News
Fred Thomas, ArcOne

John Wiseman, Mississippi Welders Supply Company
  Nordan Smith Acquired by Airgas

ArcOne Appoints Vice President Sales

SkillsUSA Gets a Boost From Pacific Welding
  Cavagna Appoints Supply Chain Director
  Linde Names Program Manager
  New Website Connects Cross Texas

Taylor-Wharton Joins Fight against Breast Cancer
MWS' John Wiseman Remembered
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Upcoming Events
  GAWDA SMC  •  April 28 - May 1
  Regional Meeting, Biloxi, MS  •  May 15 - 16
  Regional Meeting, Atlantic City, NJ  •  June 6 - 7
  Regional Meeting, Oregon, OH  •  June 19 - 20
News From GAWDA Headquarters
Birmingham, AL, Regional Meeting

Birmingham Kicks Off Regional Meeting Season

112 distributors and suppliers were in attendance for the Birmingham, AL, GAWDA Regional Meeting. Speakers for the event were Morgan Stanley Analyst Alistair Harding Smith, Praxair Vice President Steve Byers, and University of Alabama Professor Dr. Thomas DeCarlo.  Read more...

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