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Gases and Welding Distributors Association (GAWDA) December 23, 2012
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A Semi-Monthly Newsletter for Gases and Welding Distributors Association Members
In This Issue
•  Safety Alert
•  SMS Changes
•  Sandy Relief
•  SMC Update
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Safety & Compliance

Safety Alert! PHMSA warns against filling unauthorized compressed gas cylinders with hazardous materials. Read the warning »

Changes to CSA Safety Management System. FMCSA adopts Hazmat BASIC, other changes to Safety Management System… 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.

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Most Viewed Content

A look back to what Suppliers said about the 2012 business outlook. Did they get it right? Read More »

Featured Articles
Discount Membership Renewal Ends December 31 Only a Few Days Left for FDA Re-Registration

December 31, 2012, is the deadline to renew your FDA Food Registration. Consultant Tom Badstubner has held webinars to review the impact of FDA regulations on your company’s food registration. To review this important information, log on to your online account and click on the “Document Downloads” link. Scroll to “Consultants’ Conferences” heading and select the “Food Registration Webinar.”

Shipping Paper/Manifest Update Alert On January 1

As of Jan. 1, 2013, all shipping papers/manifests must have the Identification Number (UN number) placed immediately in front of the proper shipping name on all shipping papers/manifests. For example: UN1072, Oxygen, compressed, 2.2 (5.1). We have had 6 years to make this change of order and the time is up at the end of this year. After you have made the required changes to your shipping papers/manifest, you can send them to Michael Dodd for a quick review at

2013 SMC Speakers Selected

Three speakers will help us Think Big at the 2013 Spring Management Conference, to be held in San Antonio, Texas, A city unlike any other. The world famous River Walk is one of the top visitor destinations in Texas and the perfect place for networking and entertainment. Read who the SMC’s featured speakers are.

Member News
Member News
Customers Grade Remodel “Superior”
IWDC Helps Two Members in Sandy’s Path
ELCo Adds Facility Space
Noble Gas Solutions Adds Employees
Cyl-Tec Expands
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Welcome New Members

GAWDA is pleased to welcome OsComp Systems, a distributor based in Houston, TX, and Supplier Member Chemweld, Inc., headquartered in Norcorss, GA.

News From GAWDA Headquarters

Gettysburg Regional Raises $9,191.60 for GAWDA Gives Back

Attendees at the Gettysburg Regional Recap heard from a number of speakers, including GAWDA Past President Bryan Keen, Buzz Campbell, and Paul Endress of Maximum Advantage. This regional is traditionally visited by a famous historical figure, and this year was no different: Ulysses S. Grant had much to share about leadership. The group raised a total of $9,191.60 for the 2012 GAWDA Gives Back charities.

Teleconference Update

A recording of the teleconference on the new FDA draft guidance document on medical gas certification can be accessed by GAWDA members online. Log on to your online account and go to the “Document Downloads” link. Scroll to “Consultants Conferences” and select “Medical Gas Safety Act Teleconference.”

GAWDA 2013 Member Directory

We want your company listing to be correct in the upcoming Member Directory. Please take a look at your listing online and make sure it is up to date. To update, log on to your main company account and click on the link “Update my Company/Directory Listing.” If you have any questions regarding your listing or your account access, contact Cecilia Barbier at or 877-382-6440 ext. 2.

Discount Membership Renewal Ends December 31

Time is running out to take advantage of a 25% early-bird discount for members who renew before December 31, 2012. You can renew online at the GAWDA website. If you have any questions regarding your 2013 dues amounts, usernames and passwords, please contact Cecilia Barbier at or 877-382-6440 ext.2.

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

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