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Gases and Welding Distributors Association (GAWDA) November 23, 2012
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A Semi-Monthly Newsletter for Gases and Welding Distributors Association Members
In This Issue
•  Thank You
•  Hurricane Sandy
•  Safety Recall
•  Discount Membership
CryoVation’s SureGas™ System
CryoVation’s SureGas™ System

CryoVation offers its PAC-1 (Pump Automated Control) Console and its CV Cryogenic Pump to pressurize a high pressure gas pack or reserve bank of cylinders. The PAC-1 is PLC controlled and will sense a programmed low pressure in the reserve gas bank to turn on and, at high pressure set-point, turn off again. Regulators control the desired flow of product into the building. This entire process is automated and requires virtually no human interaction as long as the liquid source is maintained. Read More »

Safety & Compliance

PRS Valve Recall

Kross International issued a Safety Bulletin regarding leaking valves on the pressure relief device of certain acetylene cylinders. Victor Technologies shares the letter they received and a photo of the valve.

OSHA’s Top 10 List

OSHA released its annual list of safety violations for FY 2012.

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

“Contingency plans are proving helpful to distributors and suppliers facing down Hurricane Sandy.”

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Profile President Wood’s Business
GAWDA President Craig Wood works with a team of industry veterans to help O.E. Meyer succeed. Read More »

Featured Articles
Cylinders Affected by Hurricane Sandy

One of our members on Long Island reports getting back full and empty medical cylinders that are oil/hydrocarbon contaminated from the flooding that occurred when Hurricane Sandy hit the East Coast. Read more »

Thank You GAWDA

GAWDA would like to thank the men and women who volunteer their time and energy to help make our association be the best it can be. Here are the names of the 2012-2013 Board of Directors, Regional Chairs and Committee Members. Please think about becoming involved on one of these groups. It will be time very well spent for you, your company, and GAWDA.

Meet 2012-13 GAWDA President Craig Wood Craig Wood

At the Annual Meeting in Colorado Springs, GAWDA members met 2012-13 President Craig Wood through the voice of his son Eric and in President Wood’s first address to the membership. Read more »

Member News
Member News
Cee Kay's Used Equipment Expo Features More than Low Prices
Osborn Celebrates 125 Years
Lincoln Acquires Three Businesses
TWI Expands CryoScience Team
Air Products CEO Demands Deficit Reduction
Rotarex Adds Product Manager
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In Memoriam

William “Bill” Reynolds, Reynolds Welding Supply

Bill Reynolds

Bill Reynolds, 73, loved the gases and welding business. He and his brothers Michael and Thomas followed in their father James’ footsteps. Prior to his retirement, Mr. Reynolds was vice president of Reynolds Welding Supply in Mankato, Minnesota, and Sioux Falls, South Dakota; Welders Supply located in Willmar, St. Cloud and Worthington, Minnesota; and Twin City Oxygen in the Twin Cities area.

He worked hard to better the industry, serving as zone vice president of the National Welding Supply Association (now GAWDA), and as president of MAAD -- the Midwest Association of Airco Distributors (now Linde Distributors Association).

"One of the joys of working in this industry is the outstanding people that you meet,” says Bob McEniry, chairman of nexAir. "Bill Reynolds personified what constitutes a person who builds a family entrepreneurial business. He was passionate about his family, his employees and his customers." Terry Hall, a Linde consultant for independent distributor business, adds, "Bill worked for the good of the industry. He was very active in the Midwest, promoting business growth through loyalty and knowledge. He will be missed.”

Regardless of the fact that Mr. Reynolds made four holes-in-one, his favorite sport was college basketball, particularly the University of Minnesota's Golden Gophers.

Bill is survived by his wife of 36 years, Susan Spahr Reynold, brother Michael, sister Mary Johnson and her husband Karl, sister-in-law Lois Reynolds and other relatives.

Dexter F. Baker, Former Air Products CEO

Dexter F. Baker

Dexter F. Baker, the former CEO of Air Products, died at the age of 85. Mr. Baker was elected president and chief operating officer in 1978, and in 1986 became the company's third chief executive officer, as well as chairman of the board. Mr. Baker retired from Air Products in 1992 and from the executive committee of the board in 1998. "He was a pioneer for Air Products in many ways," says John McGlade, Air Products' current CEO. "He was very good at setting tough goals, one of which was globalizing Air Products, and he led the way in achieving this." 

News From GAWDA Headquarters

Renew Now and Save 25%

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



FABTECH was held November 12-14 in Las Vegas, drawing over 25,000 attendees from around the world. At the GAWDA booth on the show floor, Executive Director John Ospina and Membership Coordinator Cecilia Barbier welcomed our distributor and supplier members in attendance. They also met attendees wanting to know about the benefits of membership. A Membership Information Packet was provided.

Upcoming Events

Think Big! April 15-17, 2013, at the GAWDA Spring Management Conference in San Antonio, TX

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