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Gases and Welding Distributors Association (GAWDA) November 8, 2012
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A Semi-Monthly Newsletter forGases and Welding Distributors Association Members
In This Issue
•  Regulatory Alert
•  TWI Reorganizes
•  Directory Update
•  New Headquarters
The 2013 Precision University Class Schedule is Here!
Precision University

PSGP University develops skill sets in specialty gas filling through both classroom and hands-on instruction. The programs focus on all aspects of specialty gas filling and testing. Basic and advanced seminars are available. Read More »

Safety & Compliance

Regulatory Alert

The Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) issued a Safety Advisory Notice to notify the public of the unauthorized marking of high pressure compressed gas cylinders by George Welding & Supply Co., Inc., located at 205 Tombs Lane, Montoursville, PA. This notice, RA-120, can be found on the CGA web site.

Your copy of the November 2012 Safety Organizer is here!
For your convenience, the monthly GAWDA Safety Organizer is emailed directly to all Key Contacts, Branch Key Contacts and those requesting to be on the Safety Organizer list. To help keep our records up to date, please inform us if you are not the correct person to receive safety material for your organization. We will be happy to send future mailings to the correct person. Members’ Only Documents, like the Monthly Safety Organizer, are also available to you online at the Members' Only Document Download site, where you have 24/7 access to GAWDA safety documents, manuals, HR forms and more. Just log in to your account from the GAWDA home page, click the "Document Download" link for access. If you have any questions or would like to be included in more Safety Mailings, please contact Cecilia Barbier at, or by calling 877-382-6440 ext. 2.

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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Executive Dialogue
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Featured Articles
Women of Gases and Welding Reception

The Women of Gases and Welding are holding a networking reception on Tuesday, November 13, during FABTECH in Las Vegas. Presentations will be made by Emily DeRocco, former president of The Manufacturing Institute, Nancy Cole, president of NCC Engineering and AWS president elect, and Monica Pfarr, corporate director of workforce development. More information is here.

Renew Now and Save 25%

GAWDA’s Board of Directors has again approved a 25% early-bird discount for all members who pay before December 31, 2012. We encourage you to renew today and take advantage of this substantial savings. Detailed email, including 2013 dues amounts, usernames and passwords, have been sent to the billing contact for each company member. Please contact Membership Coordinator Cecilia Barbier at or 877-382-6440 ext.2 if you have any questions.

GAWDA Headquarters Moves

GAWDA Headquarters has relocated to 8669 Doral Boulevard, Suite 130, Doral, FL 33166. All staff phone, fax and email remains the same. Be sure to update your company records with the new address. We appreciate your understanding and patience during this transition. Please reach out to us with any questions or concerns that you may have.

Food Re-Registration

All food gas production and warehousing facilities must re-register before December 31. Instructions were provided via webinar and are archived on GAWDA’s website at the Members-Only page under “Consultant Webinars.” The FDA’s announcement can be read here.

Member News

Frank Armao

Jason Adam

nexAir Adds Tallahassee Location
O.K.I. Supply Acquired for $90M
Dynaflux Acquires Quality Welding Products
Lincoln Hires Director of Aluminum Welding Technology
Mathey Dearman Appoints Certified Service Centers
CGW Adds Managers
AWISCO West Orange Vendor Day
Adam Joins CryoVation
TWI Reorganizes and Relocates
Cavagna Adds Western Area Sales Manager
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James F. Colosimo, Michigan Arc Products

James F. Colosimo

James Colosimo, 75, passed away on October 1. Mr. Colosimo started his career in the welding industry in 1962 working for the A.O. Smith Corp. in Detroit where he became an expert in automation and the automotive industry. In 1970, he founded Michigan Arc Products. He was focused on providing solutions for customers, and could often be found on the factory floor alongside his customers, building welding machines and integrating systems. Mr. Colosimo was instrumental in developing several game-changers for the industry, including the first CO2 arc- welded wheel system in 1963 (Prior to being arc welded, all wheels were resistance spot welded or riveted.), the first dual-wire drive system for semi-automatic welding, the integration and installation of the first production electric robots for MIG welding at the Ford Frame Plant and the first laser tracking system for MIG welding in the auto industry. He was a distinguished member of the American Welding Society.

Mr. Colosimo is survived by his wife of 50 years, Carol, and children Coleen Marsh, Cathy Connors, and James M., who serves as president of Michigan Arc Products.

News From GAWDA Headquarters

Welcome New Members

GAWDA is pleased to welcome back Craig Welding Supply Co., a distributor based in Los Angeles, CA, and ELCo Enterprises, Inc. of Jackson, MI, a supplier of weld wire dispensing and weld cell support equipment headquartered in Jackson, MI.

2013 Member Directory

It’s time to do some housekeeping. Your company listing is important, and we want to make sure it’s correct in the 2013 edition of the GAWDA Membership Directory. Read More »

Save the Dates

Plans are underway for GAWDA’s 2013 capstone events. The Spring Management Conference will be held in San Antonio, TX, on April 15-17. The Annual Convention will take place in Orlando, FL, on September 15-18. For more information on upcoming GAWDA events, please visit

Convention Photos

Thank you to all who attended the 2012 Annual Convention in Colorado Springs, CO. Pictures can be viewed here.

Regional Recap

The Southwest Regional Meeting took place in Kansas City, with 105 attendees. Presentations included economic trends affecting the gas industry, updates on helium and CO2, social media, and overcoming challenges to a successful life. Attendees also participated in a rousing golf tournament.

Upcoming Events
FABTECH 2012  •  November 12 - 14
GAWDA Spring Management Conference  •  April 15 - 17, 2013
GAWDA Annual Convention  •  September 15 - 18, 2013
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