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GAWDA Connection
Gases and Welding Distributors Association (GAWDA) August 8, 2012
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A Semi-Monthly Newsletter for Gases and Welding Distributors Association Members
In This Issue
•  Industry Consolidation
•  Early Registration Deadline
•  Industry at the Olympics
•  Welcome New Members
Why Implement an eCommerce Strategy?
Computers Unlimited eCommerce

Clearly, buyers’ habits are changing and changing quickly.  And as consumers embrace eCommerce methods, businesses are examining their sales models, incorporating the changes their customers expect. Read more...

Safety & Compliance

PHMSA Publishes Guide to Rulemaking

A recently published document identifies the nine steps necessary for a suggested modification to the regulations to become a final rule. Read more...

FMCSA to Research Crash Weighting in CSA

According to a new plan, FMCSA will research weighting of crashes for carrier fault in the agency’s CSA program. 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.

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2. Ream
3. Triple-deoxidized
4. Deflagration
5. Metalizing
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Executive Dialogue
e-dialogue"It is telling that while 73% of distributors say industry consolidation will help their sales, only 42% of distributors say they like the trend (only 35% dislike it). There is a tenor of apprehension in the distributors’ responses.”
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Most Viewed Content — July 16-31

Welding & Gases At The 2012 London Olympics

From lightweight steel welding to CNC laser cutting, the welding and gases industry played a key role in creating some of the most iconic elements of the 2012 London Olympics. Read more...
Featured Articles
New Markets Fuel Optimism

In WGT's 2012 Annual Business Forecast, distributors and suppliers forecasted that sales would be up this year, and perhaps the drudge of the bad economy was coming to an end. At the Spring Management Conference in April, GAWDA members were again enthusiastic and optimistic. One reason for this is an abundance of new opportunities. Distributors and suppliers are doing things internally and externally like looking at new markets such as LNG, learning to sell automation, strengthening relationships through Social Media, working their inventory and more. Welding & Gases Today breaks it down in the Summer 2012 magazine cover story, “Where’s The Money?”  Read more...

Industry Consolidation Stirs Reaction
Industry Consolidation Spurs Reaction

As consolidation heats up in the gases and welding industry, so too do the feelings of GAWDA members. In its three-part On The Edge series, Welding & Gases Today found out what distributors and suppliers really think about the new competitive landscape.  Read more...

Last Chance to Save on Registration
Last Chance to Save on Registration

Early Bird Registration has been extended to Friday, August 10. Many members have arranged hotel accommodations but have not registered for the convention. For your convenience, you can login to register online or use the forms posted on the website.

Member News

Christopher L. Mapes

Gary ‘Pops’ Enders
Lincoln Electric Names Next CEO

Keen Completes Third School Makeover
  Huber Supply Opens in Ames

Superior Products Adds to Sales and Marketing Team
  Chart Acquires AirSep Corporation
nexAir Dedicates New Training Center

Cee Kay Service Department Honored

Cavagna Group to Manage Mesura

Nordco Hires General Manager

Flame Technologies Launches New Division
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Upcoming Events
  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
  Regional Meeting, Gettysburg, PA  •  October 9 - 10
  CGA Safety and Reliability Seminar  •  October 16 - 17
News From GAWDA Headquarters

GAWDA Committee to Address LDA

GAWDA’s Member Services Committee will address the Linde Distributors Association as part of a GAWDA membership drive. Members of other buying groups are encouraged to participate in the effort by promoting the benefits of GAWDA.  Read more...

Welcome New Members

GAWDA is pleased to welcome new distributor members Premier Air Products, LLC of Olive Branch, MS, and County Specialty Gases, LLC of Redwood City, CA, along with new supplier member American Shoe S.A. of Santiago, Chile.

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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