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Gases and Welding Distributors Association (GAWDA) May 23, 2012
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A Semi-Monthly Newsletter for Gases and Welding Distributors Association Members
In This Issue
•  Helium Bill Proposed
•  Convention Speakers Named
•  Miller WS Hosts Robots, BBQ
•  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...
Safety & Compliance

June Safety Organizer

The June 2012 Safety Organizer is now available online. View the latest edition here.
5 Wiki Terms
GAWDA wiki 1. Water reducible cylinder coating
2. Tandem-arc Welding
3. Lack of fill
4. Phosgene
5. Water jacket
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Executive Dialogue
e-dialogue"Many helium agreements reference the BLM crude price as an index for pricing formulas. Ironically, BLM price increases have attempted to bridge the gap between federal and market pricing, creating a cycle in which prices only continue to climb.”
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Most Viewed Content — May 1-15

2012 GAWDA SMC Photos

2012 GAWDA SMC Photos
566 distributors and suppliers met up for education and networking opportunities in Baltimore, MD, for GAWDA’s 2012 Spring Management Conference. Read more...

Featured Articles
Senate Talks Helium Shortage

A new bill has been introduced to supplant the Helium Privatization Act of 1996, which calls for the government to sell off the nation’s helium reserve in Amarillo, TX, by 2015. The Helium Stewardship Act of 2012 lays out a responsible resource management strategy for the Federal Helium Reserve, drawing on recommendations from private helium refiners, retailers, end users, Bureau of Land Management officials and the National Academy of Sciences to address the most pressing problems facing our nation’s helium industry. Read more...

GAWDA Members Address Senate
GAWDA Members Address Senate
The Senate Committee on Energy and National Resources held a hearing on May 10 to discuss the Helium Stewardship Act of 2012. David Joyner of Air Liquide and Walter Nelson of Air Products and Chemicals spoke at the hearing. Read more...
2012 Annual Convention in Colorado Springs
Save The Date: 2012 Annual Convention

Join us for GAWDA’s 68th Annual Convention, September 9-12 in Colorado Springs, CO. Featured speakers include Fast Company founding editor William Taylor, Hypertherm CEO Richard W. Couch Jr. and Brent Grover, founder of Evergreen Consulting. Read more...

Member News
Miller Welding Supply BBQ

George Ward
Miller WS Holds “Made In Michigan” Event

Matheson Acquires US Airweld

Air Liquide Starts Methane Reformer

Scott-Gross Specialty Gas Lab Certified
  Air Products Signs Helium Supply Deal
  Scholarship Awarded In Memory of Cee Kay’s Bax
  Oilind Safety Rebrands Under Airgas Name

Buck-Weld Founder Ward Remembered
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Upcoming Events
  Regional Meeting, Atlantic City, NJ  •  June 6 - 7
  Regional Meeting, Oregon, OH  •  June 19 - 20
  Regional Meeting, Sunriver, OR  •  July 18 - 20
  Regional Meeting, Seven Springs, PA  •  August 1 - 2
News From GAWDA Headquarters

Strong Start for GAWDA Gives Back

Now in its thirteenth year, GAWDA Gives Back continues to support local charities in the Annual Convention host city. Over $18,000 has already been raised to support two charities from the Colorado Springs area. Read more...

Welcome New Members

GAWDA is pleased to welcome distributor members B&R Welding Equipment Sales & Service of White Plaines, MD; D&D Industrial of Kilgore, TX; Ward Welding & Supply Inc. of Springtown, TX; and supplier members Ameriflo Corporation of Carmel, IN; and Inweld Corporation of Coplay, PA.

SMC on Twitter

Throughout the Spring Management Conference, attendees took full advantage of networking opportunities by taking to Social Media. Members reacted to speakers and events and tuned into live updates on Twitter. Look back the conversation on Twitter.

GAWDA/AWS Synergies

AWS Executive Director Ray Shook spoke at the SMC about synergies that exist between AWS and GAWDA. AWS has Identified four service areas that could benefit GAWDA members. Read more...

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