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GAWDA Connection
Gases and Welding Distributors Association (GAWDA) August 23, 2012
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A Semi-Monthly Newsletter for Gases and Welding Distributors Association Members
In This Issue
•  Inside GAWDA Gives Back
•  Hazmat Fee Reduction
•  Industry Acquisitions
•  Annual Convention Activities
4 Models of Automation Ensure Accurate Specialty Gas Filling
Sur-Fill iQ-s

The Sur-Fill iQ-s Automatic Specialty Gas Gravimetric Fill System puts intuitive, automated technology at your fingertips. This easy-to-use system utilizes touch screen technology to guide you through the specialty gas filling process, providing greater productivity and accuracy. Read more...

Safety & Compliance

PHMSA to Reduce Hazmat Fees

The Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration has indicated it will reduce the registration fees for hazmat shippers and carriers for the registration year beginning July 1, 2013.  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. Oxygen paste
2. Gas cup
3. Anodeless riser
4. Seam tracker
5. Autoignition temperature
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Executive Dialogue
e-dialogue"You can promise your customers top-notch service, but if even one employee within your organization does not buy into your service mentality, it can compromise the entire culture.”
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Most Viewed Content - 8/1-15

M&A Influx Hits Home For Small Distributors

As consolidation heats up in the gases and welding industry, it seems that so too do the feelings of GAWDA members. Small and medium-sized GAWDA distributors weigh in on the effects of consolidation. Read more...
Featured Articles
Video Captures the Value of Convention

GAWDA's 68th Annual Convention, September 9-12 in Colorado Springs, CO, is shaping up to be another great GAWDA event, full of opportunities for networking, education, learning about new products and services, and even a little fun. But don't take our word for it. GAWDA President Bryan Keen, Executive Director John Ospina, Victor Technologies' Jim Horvath and Ken Tidwell of WDPG Insurance went on camera to talk about the value they get out of attending and what they are looking forward to most in Colorado Springs. View the video...

MembersOnly Buyers Directory
MembersOnly Buyers Directory Sent to Members

The 2012 Buyers Directory contains the contact and product information for every GAWDA manufacturer, supplier and service provider, sorted by company name, geographic location and product category. Hard copies are in the mail and a searchable edition is available online.

GAWDA Gives Back
Inside This Yearís GAWDA Gives Back Charities

Read an in-depth look at how Partners in Housing and Peak Parent Center plan to spend their GAWDA Gives Back donations. For a look back at how other charities used our generous contribution, read “How GAWDA Gave Back.”

Service Technician's Month
Honor Your Service Techs During September

The salespeople bring the customers in, but it’s the service technicians who keep them coming back. Check out beginning September 1 and throughout the month to help GAWDA celebrate Service Tech Month.

Welding & Gases Today Publisher Judy C. Flanagan is bringing her experience in business and in the industry to GAWDA's Executive Dialogue. Share your thoughts on her first entry about leadership development and check back regularly for updates.

Member News

Governor Phil Bryant

ALM Sponsors Racecar
  nexAir, Praxair Form Joint Venture

New Owners, New Name for High Plains
  Mississippi Welders Acquires Wolverine Gas

Linde Completes Lincare Acquisition
Miss. Governor Sees Growth at SafTCart
  Airgas Acquires Six Distributors

F&M Mafco Plans Distribution Center

ALM Sponsors #43 in NASCAR Race

Air Liquide Acquires Sunox
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Upcoming Events
  GAWDA 68th Annual Convention  •  September 9 - 12
  Regional Meeting, Kansas City, MO  •  October 1 - 2
  Professional Compliance Seminar  •  October 2 - 4
  Regional Meeting, Gettysburg, PA  •  October 9 - 10
News From GAWDA Headquarters

Seven Springs Regional Meeting

This year’s Pittsburgh Area Regional Meeting at Seven Springs Mountain Resort was very well attended with 160 participants. The presentation lineup included Wally Brant of Indiana Oxygen, nexAir’s Robert Webb and CGA President Mike TillerRead more...

GAWDA Gives Back

Thank you to all members who have generously donated to the 2012 GAWDA Gives Back.   This program will continue to impact thousands of lives. There is still time to participate. For more information about Peak Parent Center and Partners in Housing, visit

Register Now for Convention

GAWDA is still accepting registrations for the Annual Convention. To the current list of attendees, visit the Annual Convention homepage.

Tours and Activities

Join other members in exploring Colorado Springs. This is another great opportunity to network while enjoying Colorado’s breathtaking beauty.  Read more...

Spouse Event

Garden of the Gods is one of Colorado Springs’ most amazing places. Spouses will have a chance to experience it in all its glory. Read more...

Presidentís Farewell Gala

On the final night of the 2012 Annual Convention, join GAWDA President Bryan Keen for a memorable “Rocky Mountain” experience. Read more...

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