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GAWDA Connection
Gases and Welding Distributors Association (GAWDA) May 8, 2012
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A Semi-Monthly Newsletter for Gases and Welding Distributors Association Members
In This Issue
•  SMC Highlights
•  Gives Back Recipients
•  Distributor Expansions
•  Welcome New Member
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

Medical Examiners Rulemaking

FMCSA published a final rule to establish a National Registry of Certified Medical Examiners. Read more...

May Safety Organizer Now Online

The May 2012 Safety Organizer is available online. Topics include medical product mix-ups, medical gas FAQs and more.
5 Wiki Terms
GAWDA wiki 1. Plasma
2. Tetrachlorosilane
3. Globe valve
4. Cavitation
5. Polyvinyl chloride
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Executive Dialogue
e-dialogue"At the SMC networking breakfast, the idea was raised that LNG and CNG are much like VHS & Betamax…there are concerns as to whether they can coexist, or whether one will really become the dominant player.”
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Most Viewed Content — Apr. 16-30

A Look at Rising Helium Prices
Nobel laureate Robert Richardson has been arguing for years that the price of helium is too low. If the recent announcement about 2013 crude helium prices is any indication, the government may be taking notice. Read more...

Featured Articles
Click to View Photos - Optimism Abounds at Baltimore SMC

A total of 566 distributors and suppliers met in Baltimore, MD, for GAWDA’s 2012 Spring Management Conference. The opening First Timers’ and President’s receptions were abuzz with optimism—and at full capacity with the largest turnout in several years, a sign that business is picking up for members across the country. Monday’s Opening Business Session was headlined by Political Analyst Juan Williams. Read more...

2012 GAWDA Gives Back Recipients Named
2012 GAWDA Gives Back Recipients Named
At the Spring Management Conference opening business session on Monday, April 30, GAWDA President Bryan Keen announced two programs that will be the beneficiaries of GAWDA’s 2012 Gives Back campaign. Read more...
GAWDA Members Talk Back
GAWDA Members Talk Back
The Spring Management Conference provides great educational and networking opportunities for GAWDA members. How did this year’s meeting measure up to the challenge? Here’s what attendees had to say. Read more...
Member News
A-L Compressed Gases Expands

Bug-O, Lincoln Hold Open House
A-L Compressed Gases Expands

Scott-Gross Acquires Sparkling Carbonic

Airgas Announces Leadership Transition

Cyl-Tec Adds Project Manager
  Gas and Supply Boosts Efficiencies in Birmingham
  Retro Systems Appoints Regional Sales Manager
Bug-O, Lincoln Hold Open House

Norris Cylinder Partners with Melo’s

Gas and Air Systems Boosts CNG Infrastructure
  Air Products Employee Joins White House Forum
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Upcoming Events
  Regional Meeting, Biloxi, MS  •  May 15 - 16
  Regional Meeting, Atlantic City, NJ  •  June 6 - 7
  Regional Meeting, Oregon, OH  •  June 19 - 20
  Regional Meeting, Sunriver, OR  •  July 18 - 20
News From GAWDA Headquarters

Thank You, SMC Sponsors

GAWDA would like to recognize those companies that sponsored events for this year’s Spring Management Conference. The welcome reception, breakfast, Wines of the World reception, Women of Gases and Welding reception, and golf were made possible by these generous sponsors. Read more...

Silent Auction Gives Back

A silent auction of items donated by GAWDA member companies raised more than $18,500 for GAWDA Gives Back. View the complete list of donated items. Read more...

Welcome New Members

GAWDA is pleased to welcome supplier member Green CO2 Systems, of Fort Collins, CO.

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