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GAWDA Connection
Gases and Welding Distributors Association (GAWDA) September 8, 2012
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A Semi-Monthly Newsletter for Gases and Welding Distributors Association Members
In This Issue
•  Service Technicians Month
•  Annual Convention Nears
•  Acetylene Cylinder Alert
•  Welcome New Members
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October PSGP University Classes Today!
PSGP University

Advanced Gravimetric Mixture Filling, October 29 31 • This course is designed for specialty gas mixture personnel who are already comfortable making gravimetric mixtures and who need advanced training. It is a 2.5-day lecture with hands-on lab exercises. Read more...

Safety & Compliance

MC Acetylene Cylinder Alert

There are MC acetylene cylinders being sold in the U.S. without the DOT required markings. These cylinders cannot be refilled and placed back into commerce without all the required markings.  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.

5 Wiki Terms
GAWDA wiki 1. Flange pins
2. Valve sleeve
3. Flame softening
4. Kaizen
5. Flat position
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Executive Dialogue
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A Look Inside 2012's GAWDA Gives Back Recipients

For every dollar donated, how much is actually spent on those in need versus overhead and salaries? Partners In Housing and Peak Parent Center, GAWDA Gives Back’s 2012 recipients, were eager to share the work and mission of their organizations. Read more...
Featured Articles
GAWDA Honors Service Technicians

Distributors know that it’s the salespeople who bring the customers in, but it’s the service technicians who keep them coming back. Those service technicians must be proficient in a lot of different skills, both technical and service-oriented. To celebrate the hard-working service techs of the gases and welding industry, Welding & Gases Today has declared September to be Service Technicians Month. Help celebrate these champions of skill and service by nominating the industry’s best service techs for Welding & Gases Today Online’s Service Technician Honor Roll. Share what makes your technicians so great, and check back often to see who’s the best in the industry. Read more...

GAWDA's 68th Annual Convention
Are You Ready For Convention?

Find out what to expect at high altitudes, what to wear and more last minute tips here. Then read articles from 4 different speakers and chart your course through the Contact Booth Program with the Exhibitor’s Guide.

GAWDA Joins Helium Coalition
GAWDA Joins Helium Coalition

GAWDA has joined a coalition of producers and end-users urging Congress to facilitate the privatization of the Federal Helium Reserve. The authority of the Bureau of Land Management to sell off the reserve expires in 2013. Read more...

Customer Service Technician Contest

Welding & Gases Today is holding a contest to find the best customer service story involving a distributor service technician. Submit your stories throughout the month of September for a chance to win more than $1,000 in prizes from industry suppliers. Read more...

Service Technician's Month
Member News

Maine Oxy Supports Soldiers

Karen Burnidge
  Butler Gas Promotes Two

Maine Oxy Supports Soldiers
  PDC Machines Certified to ISO

Gas and Supply Among Top Distributors
  Airgas Reorganizes East Region
  Air Products Names Senior VP

Linde to Build Arkansas ASU

GAWDA Remembers Karen Burnidge
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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

New England Regional Meeting

20 distributor companies were represented at the GAWDA Regional Meeting in N. Stonington, CT, with 108 members in attendance overall. Presenters included Mike Weller, president of ITW Welding North America, and Matthew Caras of Leaders LLC, who spoke on mediation and negotiation facilitation. GAWDA Past President Lloyd Robinson briefed members on the valuable tools and resources available to members on the association’s website at

Northwest Regional Meeting

GAWDA members gathered at Sun River Resort in Sun River, OR, for a regional meeting offering good value to both distributors and suppliers. Attendees heard from several speakers, including a former NBA and NFL executive.  Read more...

Welcome New Members

GAWDA is pleased to welcome manufacturer’s representative members CP Industries Holdings, Inc. of McKeesport, PA, and ISM of Brentwood, MO.

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