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Gases and Welding Distributors Association (GAWDA) April 23, 2012
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A Semi-Monthly Newsletter for Gases and Welding Distributors Association Members
In This Issue
•  Live Updates from SMC
•  Paint A Vo Tech Challenge
•  Industry Acquisitions
•  Welcome New Members
The July PSGP University Classes Are Open!
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Basic Gravimetric Mixture Filling July 23 –25 • This course is designed for specialty gas mixture personnel who need the basics of making SG mixtures. Prior lab experience is helpful but not required. This is a 3-day lecture with hands-on lab exercises. Read more...
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Safety & Compliance

Distributors Earn Top Compliance Recognition

Three distributors showed off their knowledge of DOT and FDA compliance at the recent Compliance Rodeo. Read more...

Bill Aims to Amend Truck Tax

The Heavy Truck Tax Fairness Act of 2012 would repeal the federal excise tax on trucks and increase the federal diesel fuel tax. Read more...

Certified Medical Examiners Ruling

A final rule was released that establishes standards for medical examiners responsible for evaluating CMV drivers. Read more...

NLRB Notice Legal Advisory

NAW counsel issued an advisory on the legal challenges to the NLRB's notice posting rule. Read more...
5 Wiki Terms
GAWDA wiki 1. Base metal zone
2. Flame softening
3. Smoke eater
4. Asperity
5. Supercritical fluid
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Executive Dialogue
e-dialogue"It appears distributors will continue to face challenges with helium supplies. One supplier provided formal notice of force majeure, a term familiar to many distributors from challenges with calcium carbide in 2011.”
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Most Viewed Content — Apr. 1-15

Do Skills Equal Sales Success?
Empathy, honesty and product knowledge all play into sales success. But does a salesperson need welding skills to sell welding equipment? Read more...

Featured Articles
Live Updates From SMC

GAWDA’s Spring Management Conference, April 28 - May 1, equips members with best practices and takeaways for everyday business. GAWDA Media is taking the amazing educational and networking opportunities of the SMC to the Web, providing live updates and images from the show floor throughout the event. Whether attending in-person or not, members are invited to follow along on Twitter and add their comments. Follow @GasWeldEdge on Twitter and visit Welding & Gases Today’s daily blog from the Spring Management Conference to begin preparing for Baltimore and to view live updates throughout the conference. Read more...

Distributors Paint A Vo Tech
Distributors Pick Up More Paint Brushes
In celebration of National Welding Month, GAWDA members are taking on the Paint A Vo Tech challenge, giving local welding programs a makeover. AWISCO (Maspeth, NY) recently set about rejuvenating the welding classroom at Sussex County Technical School. Read more...
SMC Contact Booth Program
Contact Booth Preview
The SMC Contact Booth program will be held Monday, April 30 from 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm. View the updated Guide to Exhibitors to see what suppliers will be showing at the must-see-event of the SMC.
Member News
Bob Urie, Butler Gas

Larry Silverman, TrackAbout
  Dressel Welding Acquired by Tech Air

Butler Gas Promotes Urie to Vice President

AWISCO Expands with Acquisition, New Store
  Buell Named Vice President at Central Welding
  Saf T Cart Plans Clarksdale Expansion
Three Promoted at TrackAbout

Airgas' Young Receives Safety Award
  Air Products Employee Joins White House Forum
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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
Spring Management Conference 2012
See Who's Attending SMC

More than 500 members have registered for the 2012 Spring Management Conference in Baltimore, MD. See the most recent list of attendees under “Attendee Links” on the SMC home page.

Sign Up for CGA Partnership

GAWDA is partnering with the Compressed Gas Association to provide association members with access to safety documents. SMC attendees can sign up for the program during the Contact Booth Program. CGA will be at the GAWDA Consultants booth.

Welcome New Members

GAWDA is pleased to welcome distributor member Forney Industries, of Fort Collins, CO, and supplier member Quality Welding Products, of Honey Brook, PA.

Industry Networking on LinkedIn

Weigh in on the helium supply strain and other industry topics in the Welding & Gases Today LinkedIn group. Group participants include 29 percent executive, director or VP-level employees, along with 40 percent management or senior level personnel.

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