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GAWDA Connection
Gases and Welding Distributors Association (GAWDA) June 23, 2012
GAWDA Home Executive Dialogue Links Comments Contact Us Welding & Gases Today
A Semi-Monthly Newsletter for Gases and Welding Distributors Association Members
In This Issue
•  Welding Fume Settlement
•  2012 Member Directory
•  Industry Consolidation Heats Up
•  Welcome New Members
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

Historical Hazmat Report

PHMSA released its Historical Overview of hazmat incidents causing deaths or major injuries from 1985 to 2009. Read more...

July Safety Organizer

The July 2012 Safety Organizer is now available online. View the latest edition here.

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. Face of weld
2. Alloy flux
3. Tension test
4. Logistics execution system
5. Alumina
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Executive Dialogue
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Most Viewed Content — June 1-15

Hiring A Salesperson

Hiring A Salesperson: Welding Skills Required

Industry members respond to claims that welding skills do not impact sales success. Read more...

Featured Articles
Welding Fume Settlement Reached

The steering committees for the parties in the Welding Fume MDL have reached a global settlement resolving nearly all welding fume cases pending in state or federal courts. The settlement is a substantial victory for the welding industry and will practically end welding fume litigation as a mass tort. In exchange for dismissing their lawsuits and releasing all manufacturers, distributors and sellers of welding fume products from liability, participating plaintiffs will be eligible to receive payments from a settlement pool being funded by welding rod manufacturers.  Read more...

Comment on Cylinder Petitions

PHMSA is considering amendments to the Hazardous Materials Regulations to revise certain requirements applicable to the manufacture, use and requalification of DOT specification cylinders. The agency seeks comments on 10 separate petitions in developing regulatory proposals.  Read more...

2012 Membership Directory
2012 Membership Directory

The 2012 GAWDA Membership Directory is here. GAWDA works hard each year to assure your company information is correct, and this year you have 24/7 access to your company listing online. Please help us keep our records up to date by checking your listing regularly.  Read more...

Gauging Industry Consolidation
Gauging Industry Consolidation
M&A activity has been heating up in the gases and welding industry of late. What are your feelings about industry consolidation? Like it? Don't like it? Let us know by responding to a brief survey.
Member News

Central Welding Supports Welding Rodeo

Matheson Store Reopens
  Jones Welding Hosts Open House

Praxair Acquires Five Canadian Airgas Stores
Central Welding Supports 11th Welding Rodeo

F & M Mafco Named Top Workplace
  Kimberly-Clark Acquires Helmet Manufacturer
  DOE Awards Grant to Air Products

Alabama Linde Plant Certified

Louisiana ASU Expands Air Liquide’s Capacity

Tornado-Struck Matheson Store Reopens
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GAWDA's Finest Service Techs
Do you have a great service tech at your company? Welding & Gases Today is recognizing the industry's best service techs. Nominate a service tech here.
Upcoming Events
  Regional Meeting, Sunriver, OR  •  July 18 - 20
  Regional Meeting, Seven Springs, PA  •  August 1 - 2
  Regional Meeting, N. Stonington, CT  •  August 13 - 14
  GAWDA 68th Annual Convention  •  September 9-12
News From GAWDA Headquarters

GAWDA Gives Back & GAWDA Foundation

This year, companies will have the chance to donate all or a portion of their donations to either the GAWDA Gives Back charities or the GAWDA Foundation. Visit the website for more information about these worthy charities and about the GAWDA Foundation. A donation form is available to download, or you can donate online.

Welcome New Members

GAWDA is pleased to welcome supplier members Harrison Worldwide LLC of Santa Ana, CA, and Liberty Cryogenics, LLC of Aurora, CO, and manufacturer’s representative Markal Ventures of Newark, NJ.

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 Sponsorships are available on a first come, first served basis—so get your request in early!

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