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GAWDA Connection
Gases and Welding Distributors Association (GAWDA) December 08, 2012
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A Semi-Monthly Newsletter for Gases and Welding Distributors Association Members
In This Issue
•  Discount Membership
•  Harris on Top
•  FDA Re-Registration
•  Think Big
•  Upcoming Events
Weldcoa Gas Packs
Weldcoa Gas Packs

Weldcoa has been manufacturing quality Gas Cylinder Delivery Systems since 1968. From the most basic to the most demanding, Weldcoa has products that will support you and your customer’s needs. Read More »

Safety & Compliance

The December Safety Organizer is online, including a new incident report and drive eligibility requirements.

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. Anhydrous Ammonia
2. Locator System
3. Octafluoropropane
4. Root Pass
5. YAG Laser
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Most Viewed Content

With targets for billable hours, days to turn machines, labor costs, rental fleet utilization, dead stock ratio and mistakes, Cee Kay Supply has figured out how to make its service department profitable. Read More »

Featured Articles
Discount Membership Renewal Ends December 31 Discount Membership Renewal Ends December 31

In this time of uncertainty there is some good news. GAWDA’s Board of Directors approved a 25% early-bird discount for members who renew before December 31, 2012. Read more »

Help Needed for Sandy Disaster

Scott Cusick of Industrial Welding Supply in Sayreville, NJ, shares a video showing the devastating toll his community has faced in the wake of Superstorm Sandy. Read more »

GAWDA Headquarters Officially Opens

GAWDA welcomed President Craig Wood and other GAWDA members to its new headquarters offices in the AWS building, which was officially dedicated on Friday, November 30. Read more »

Member News
Member News
Industry Week Names Harris Products As Top 10 Manufacturing Plant
Noble Gas Solutions Adds Business Development Specialist
Lucas-Milhaupt Acquires Inmet
Victor Technologies Realigns Brand Portfolio
Cee Kay Supply in Running for Healthiest Employer Award
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In Memoriam

Thomas C. Ramey Jr., Founder of H.R. Welding Supply

Thomas C. Ramey Jr., 83, passed away on November 9. Mr. Ramey began his career in the gases and welding business at Airco. He and Carlyle “CC” Hancock soon opened their own business, H. R. Welding Supply Company in Orlando, FL, a prominent business in the Orlando market. In the late 1980s, the company was sold to Airgas, at which time Mr. Ramey retired and relocated to Tennessee. Mr. Ramey was very involved in his local community, serving as president of the Rotary Club and director of Barnett Bank. Remembered as a devout man who loved people and who loved to laugh, he was a committed family man, sports enthusiast and golfer. Mr. Ramey is survived by his wife, Hallie, children Julie Vero, Frank Ramey, Cindy Fletcher, and their families.

Upcoming Events
February 22-24

RWMA & WEMCO Annual Meeting, Tampa, FL

March 17-22

Pittcon Expo, New Orleans, LA

April 7-12

CGA 100th Anniversary Celebration, Scottsdale, AZ

April 15-17

GAWDA Spring Management Conference, San Antonio, TX

News From GAWDA Headquarters

Time To Do Some Housekeeping

Your company listing is important, and we want to make sure it is correct in the 2013 edition of the GAWDA Membership Directory. Please take a look at your listing online and make sure it is up to date. Here are a few key points to consider…

FDA Re-Registration

December 31, 2012 is the deadline to renew your FDA Food Registration. Consultant Tom Badstubner held webinars to review the impact of FDA Regulations on your company’s food registration. To review, read here…

Save the Date


On April 15–17, 2013, the GAWDA SMC will take place in San Antonio, TX. This year’s event features a “Bigger” Contact Booth Program at the Alamodome, a President’s Reception in the Lonesome Dove Room and golf at the Texas Hill Country Golf Club. Learn more about the Spring Management Conference.

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