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Gases and Welding Distributors Association (GAWDA) January 08, 2013
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A Semi-Monthly Newsletter for Gases and Welding Distributors Association Members
In This Issue
•  Regional Meeting Dates
•  Acquisitions
•  New Members
•  Event Schedule
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Regional Meeting Dates Established

The 2013 GAWDA Regional Meetings have been established. The Regional Meetings are prime networking and learning opportunities. Mark your calendars for the 2013 Regional Meetings below:

Birmingham, AL Late March/Early April
Biloxi, MS May 8-9
Atlantic City, NJ May 29-30
Oregon, OH July 10-11
Blaine, WA July 24-26
Seven Springs, PA June 12-13
Chicago, IL August 1
N. Stonington, CT August 13
Gettysburg, PA September 4-5
Kansas City, MO September 30-October 1
GAWDA Board of Director Changes

Jim Earlbeck, president of Earlbeck Gases & Technologies in Baltimore, Maryland, has joined the GAWDA Board of Directors. Known for its use of innovative technology and welder training programs, the company was profiled in Welding & Gases Today magazine. Jay Kapur, formerly of Aimtek, resigned from the Board after his company was purchased by Praxair Distribution Inc.

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Wally Brant Named 2013 IOMA President
Maine Oxy Acquires Connecticut Business
Airgas Adds Four Industrial Gas and Welding Supply Distributors
Red-D-Arc Purchases D&D Power
Miller Electric Expands Packers
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Welcome New Members

GAWDA is pleased to welcome new Distributor Members All American Welding Supply in Plymouth, IN; and Akron Welding Supply in Stow, OH. New Manufacturers Representative Members include Bob Kopko from R.A.K. Welding and Industrial Sales in Perrysburg, OH; Taras Hankewycz from Leopolis Inc. in Bronxville, NY; and Kent Buzard from Compass Cryogenics in Charlotte, NC.

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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