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GAWDA Connection
Gases and Welding Distributors Association (GAWDA) June 8, 2012
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A Semi-Monthly Newsletter for Gases and Welding Distributors Association Members
In This Issue
•  Steel Cylinder Ruling
•  Convention Speaker Added
•  Thermadyne Changes Name
•  Welcome New Member
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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

2012 Emergency Response Guidebook

PHMSA released the 2012 version of its Emergency Response Guidebook (ERG), providing a revised go-to manual to help deal with hazmat accidents. Read more...

Send Us Your News

Held an open house? Hired a new employee? Share your events, employee promotions, new or renovated facilities and other company news with GAWDA members. Submit your news here.

5 Wiki Terms
GAWDA wiki 1. Ceiling column
2. Interpass temperature
3. Hypobaric
4. Atomic hydrogen welding
5. Zero_Air
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Executive Dialogue
e-dialogue"Most news reports fail to capture the gravity of the helium shortage beyond the outlook for party balloons. But the real concern is the amount of misinformation being put out there about helium.”
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Most Viewed Content — May 1-15

Should The Government Be In The Helium Business?

The federal government has played an active role in the procurement of helium since the 1920s. With the Helium Privatization Act set to expire, is it time for the government to walk away? Read more...

Featured Articles
Final Determination On Imported Cylinders

The U.S. International Trade Commission has made a unanimous final determination that U.S manufacturing has been materially injured by imports of high pressure steel cylinders that are being subsidized by the Government of China as well as being dumped into the U.S. market by producers in China. The result of this decision is an imposition of antidumping and countervailing duties on the subject imports. These duties are expected to create a fairer competitive environment and support investment in the domestic production of high pressure steel cylinders and the U.S. jobs created by that production.  Read more...

James ‘Murph’ Murphy
Convention Speaker Added

GAWDA has engaged James “Murph” Murphy, founder & CEO of Afterburner, Inc. to speak at September’s Annual Convention. The former Air Force fighter pilot instructor guides executives and sales professionals to achieve “Flawless Execution.”   Read more...

GAWDA Consultants
Compliance Update Recording

There was a large turnout for the Compliance Update Teleconference hosted by GAWDA’s consultants on May 21. This is an important teleconference and we want everyone to have an opportunity to listen in. Access the recording here.

Nominate a Service Tech
Nominate a Service Tech

Do you have great service techs? Let us know what makes them so great. Welding & Gases Today will be highlighting distributor service technicians in an upcoming issue. Nominate your best technicians here.

Member News
Eric Rottier

Cee Kay Welding Art
  Thermadyne Rebrands as Victor Technologies

Rain Doesn’t Stop AWISCO Trade Show

Taylor-Wharton Names CEO

Central Unifies Acquired Brands
  Smart-Hose Names Manufacturer's Rep
  Lincoln Acquires Wayne Trail Technologies
Cee Kay Helps Create Welded Art from Trash

Retro Systems Appoints Director of Training
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Upcoming Events
  Regional Meeting, Oregon, OH  •  June 19 - 20
  Regional Meeting, Sunriver, OR  •  July 18 - 20
  Regional Meeting, Seven Springs, PA  •  August 1 - 2
  Regional Meeting, N. Stonington, CT  •  August 13 - 14
News From GAWDA Headquarters

2012 Annual Convention Schedule

Registration is right around the corner for this year’s Annual Convention. Held at the beautiful Broadmoor Hotel in Colorado Springs, this Convention promises to help you position your company for peak performance in today’s highly competitive environment. The full convention schedule is posted on the website, so add it to your schedule today!
**Early Bird registration Opens: June 18, 2012

Biloxi Regional Meeting

GAWDA members met up in Biloxi, MS, for the second regional meeting of 2012. A total of 90 attendees were on hand for an informative session about cloud computing and a sales and leadership seminar.  Read more...

Welcome New Member

GAWDA is pleased to welcome distributor member Arc Gas & Supply, LLC, of Cleveland, OH.

Convention Sponsorship Opportunities

Suppliers, it’s time to make your mark! The Annual Convention is a great way to showcase your Company.  View sponsorship opportunities for this year’s Annual Convention.

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