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Gases and Welding Distributors Association (GAWDA) July 23, 2012
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A Semi-Monthly Newsletter for Gases and Welding Distributors Association Members
In This Issue
•  Medical Gas Legislation
•  Colorado Springs Update
•  Industry Acquisitions
•  Welcome New Members
Life in the Fast Lane

By Marie Fournier

Our world is constantly changing – just look at what has happened in the gas and welding supply industry in the last few years. The competitive landscape in this industry is practically unrecognizable from just a few years ago. On top of that, economic cycles are shorter and technology is changing faster than ever. Next thing you know, these changes are referred to as the “new normal.” Read more...

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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.

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2. Cut-off wheel
3. Actual cubic feet per minute
4. Escalation equations
5. Pulsed MIG
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Executive Dialogue
e-dialogue"For years hydrogen had been talked about as the future of energy, particularly with hydrogen fuel cell forklifts and cars. While automakers continue to push forward, the fueling infrastructure remains a major question mark.”
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Most Viewed Content — July 1-15


nexAir: From Two Companies, One Vision

Sixteen years after merger, Memphis company continues to grow by tapping into markets like robotic welding automation, hydrogen and propane. Read more...
Featured Articles
Medical Gas Law Signed

On July 9, 2012, President Obama signed into law the Food and Drug Administration Safety and Innovation Act (FDASIA), S. 3187, bipartisan legislation that includes provisions on medical gases. The law establishes designated medical gases and calls for the FDA to work with medical gas manufacturers to determine whether any changes to the Federal drug regulations are necessary for medical gases. As stated in the act, designated medical gases, used alone or in combination with another designated gas or gases as medically appropriate, will not be assessed drug fees under section 736(a).  Read more...

EOBR Mandate Not Imminent
EOBR Mandate Not Imminent

In an attempt to sell their products and services, several vendors are now touting a mandate for electronic on-board recorders. Although the new highway bill does mandate that FMCSA issue a final rule, there are several things to keep in mind.  Read more...

Colorado Springs Wildfire Contained
Colorado Springs Wildfire Contained

The Waldo Canyon Fire in Colorado Springs is now 100 percent contained. The GAWDA Connection spoke with individuals in Colorado Springs to find out what GAWDA members can expect come September when they visit for the Annual Convention.  Read more...

Credit Card Settlement May Benefit Distributors
Credit Card Settlement May Benefit Distributors

NAW issued an advisory regarding a proposed $7.5 billion settlement of antitrust claims against Visa, MasterCard and major U.S. banks. The settlement may impact distributors who have accepted credit or debit card payments any time since 2004.  Read more...

Member News

Ted Hofmeister

Dennis Jenkins
  Linde Agrees to Acquire Lincare

Hofmeister Named GM at AWI Supply
  O.E. Meyer Acquires Smith Machine & Welding

Indiana Oxygen Adds Elkhart Store
  Hires And Promotions At General Distributing Co.
  Sherwood Names Master Distributor

Victor Technologies Acquires CNC Maker

Praxair Acquires Canadian Distributor

Arc Weld Inc.'s Jenkins Remembered
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Upcoming Events
  Regional Meeting, Seven Springs, PA  •  August 1 - 2
  Regional Meeting, N. Stonington, CT  •  August 13 - 14
  GAWDA 68th Annual Convention  •  September 9 - 12
  Regional Meeting, Kansas City, MO  •  October 1 - 2
  CGA Cylinder Requalification Seminar  •  October 2 - 3
News From GAWDA Headquarters

Early Registration Discount

Register today and save money! Early-bird registration for GAWDA’s 2012 Annual Convention ends August 8, 2012. All registration forms are posted on the website, and online registration is also available through your Account Login.

Maumee Bay Regional Meeting

The Central Regional Meeting was held at Maumee Bay State Park in Oregon, OH, overlooking Lake Erie. 107 members heard from speakers about GAWDA initiatives, CNG fueling, welding markets and “careers in welding” efforts.  Read more...

Welcome New Members

GAWDA is pleased to welcome supplier members Galiso, Inc. of Montrose, CO, and United Hydrogen Group, of Kennesaw, GA.

Since Last We Met

GAWDA Headquarters seeks your help in honoring those we have lost over the past year. Please forward any information for the “Since Last We Met” retrospective at the Annual Convention to Natasha Alexis at

2012 Annual Convention Sponsorship Opportunities

Suppliers—reach up to 3,000 industry contacts for as little as $150! Sponsorship packages for the Annual Convention are selling out fast—check and see what’s still available by and make your mark today using the “Be a Sponsor” button here. Sponsorships are available on a first come, first served basis—so get your request in early!

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.

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