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GAWDA Connection
Gases and Welding Distributors Association (GAWDA) September 23, 2012
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A Semi-Monthly Newsletter for Gases and Welding Distributors Association Members
In This Issue
•  Convention Highlights
•  President Wood Elected
•  Service Tech Contest
•  Industry Acquisitions
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Safety & Compliance

October Safety Organizer

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

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3. Membrane separation
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Executive Dialogue
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Most Viewed Content - 9/1-15

Counterfeit Products Affect Entire Industry

Distributors beware: counterfeiting remains a problem in the gases and welding industry. Several manufacturers in the gases and welding industry have had their products reproduced and ripped off by scam artists. Read more...
Featured Articles
Highlights from GAWDA's Convention

A total of 781 members and guests gathered in Colorado Springs, CO, for GAWDA’s 68th Annual Convention. Read the highlights from every event and view photos from the Convention. Read more...

Craig Wood Elected President
Craig Wood Elected President

Craig Wood, industrial division president at O.E. Meyer Company (Sandusky, OH), was elected president of GAWDA. He introduced plans for the year and outlined the benefits of volunteering. Read more...

GAWDA Gives Back $174,444
GAWDA Gives Back $174,444

A pair of Colorado Springs nonprofits each received checks in the amount of $87,222, thanks to members’ generous donations to the 2012 GAWDA Gives Back campaign. Read more...

Customer Service Technician Contest

There’s only one week left to share your examples of great customer service from a service technician. Enter Welding & Gases Today’s Customer Service Technician Contest for a chance to earn more than $1,000 in prizes from industry suppliers. Read more...

Customer Service Technician Contest
Member News

Maine Oxy Supports Soldiers

Karen Burnidge
AWISCO's O'Malley Named Executive VP

nexAir Acquires SJ Welding
  O.E. Meyer Names Regional Manager

Cyberweld Receives Award for Web's Best
  Cavagna Completes Mesura Acquisition
Air Products Purchases Stake in Indura

Chart Acquires AirSep Corporation

Linde Plants Reach Safety Milestone
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Upcoming Events
  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

Save The Date: 2013 SMC

Mark your calendars! GAWDA's 2013 Spring Management Conference will be held April 13-16 in San Antonio, TX. Attendance numbers are continually increasing for these events, and the Contact Booth Program sells out year after year.  Read more...

NAW Distribution Monitor Report

The Distribution Monitor report from NAW Institute and McGladrey is available on the GAWDA members-only website. This is the first in a series of business condition survey results of wholesaler-distributors, highlighting current conditions impacting distributors. GAWDA members will have access to future reports as a member benefit.  Read more...

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