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Gases and Welding Distributors Association (GAWDA) January 23, 2013
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A Semi-Monthly Newsletter for Gases and Welding Distributors Association Members
In This Issue
•  SMC Plans
•  New Safety Organizer
•  Acquisitions Increase
•  Regional Meeting Dates
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Safety & Compliance

February Safety Organizer

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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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Everything Will Be Bigger At Texas SMC

GAWDA Members will be Thinking Big in San Antonio from April 15-17 at the 2013 Spring Management Conference. Three nationally known speakers, an expanded Contact Booth Program at the Alamodome, an Early Registration Discount, and a Complementary Registration (buy 2, get 1 free) all add up to more attendees, more networking, more learning opportunities. More information is here.

FMCSA Publishes Fact Sheet On New Hazmat BASIC for CSA

Effective in December 2012, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration established a new Hazardous Materials BASIC in the agency’s Compliance, Safety, Accountability (CSA) program. The FMCSA published a new fact sheet on the Hazmat BASIC. A company’s violations of the Hazardous Materials Regulations will count against its overall CSA score, and will be considered by the FMCSA in assigning the company a motor carrier safety fitness rating.

El-Sibaie El-Sibaie To Stay With PHMSA

Dr. Magdy El-Sibaie will remain in his position as associate administrator for hazardous materials safety. It was previously announced that he would be leaving the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration for a position with Amtrak, but he reconsidered the change and will now be staying at PHMSA. His office is in charge of drafting and enforcing the Hazardous Materials Regulations applicable to shippers and carriers in all modes.

Member News
Member News
Ozarc Gas Acquires Acety Arc
Hypertherm Acquires Waterjet Products Company
Mississippi Welders Supply Co. Opens New Store
Tech Air Acquires Esquire Gas Products Company
Sellstrom Names Director of Business Development
Airgas Buys Two Distribution Businesses
CAVAGNA Adds Northeastern Sales Manager
MATHESON Acquires Evergreen Supply
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News From GAWDA Headquarters

Welcome New Members

GAWDA is pleased to welcome new Distributor Members Aitken Welding Supplies of Gladstone, QLD, Australia; and Supplier Members Profax/Lenco of Pearland, TX, and Lewco Specialty Products of Baton Rouge, LA.

Regionals Ready For Review And Action

Ten Regional Meetings for GAWDA Members will take place throughout the United States, starting in March. Find one near you and mark your calendar.

GAWDA Foundation Scholarship

GAWDA announced its first scholarship in 2011 that will benefit children and employees of active GAWDA member companies in their educational pursuits. To find out more about eligibility requirements, please visit

Membership Renewal

If you have not renewed your Membership dues for 2013, please hurry and do so now. We would hate for you to miss out on valuable member benefits like attendance to the SMC and a Directory listing. Any companies not renewed will not be able to take advantage of these benefits. Why wait? Renew today! For more information on your renewal, contact Cecilia Barbier at or by phone at (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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