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Gases and Welding Distributors Association (GAWDA) February 08, 2013
GAWDA Home Executive Dialogue Links Comments Contact Us Welding & Gases Today
A Semi-Monthly Newsletter for Gases and Welding Distributors Association Members
In This Issue
•  Helium Survey
•  Member News
•  SMC Hotel Info
•  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 »

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3. Megapascal
4. Polymerization
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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.

Most Viewed Content
1/22 to 2/07

Leaders exhibit 9 ways to be successful in the gases and welding business.

Featured Articles
Distributors Can No Longer “Sell Product” Distributors Can No Longer “Sell Product”

In Welding & Gases Today’s 2013 Annual Business Forecast, Distributors and Suppliers share how they learned to survive the recent economic downturn and what it will mean in 2013. As many as 67% of gases and welding supply distributors expect their sales to be better in 2013, at an average increase of 6.9%. Distributors located in the Southwest have the highest projected increase at 10.9%. Midwestern Distributors have the lowest projected increase at 3%. Read “Distributors New Role” to learn which companies are looking at higher expectations, and those that are not.

Helium Hello Helium! Remember Us?

How is your helium supply? Need more? Want more? How are your customers handling it? How are your suppliers handling it? How are you handling it? Take this quick survey.

GAWDA Date Changes for Welding & Gases Today

To better reflect the quarterly business cycle, as well as to accommodate the dates for GAWDA’s Spring Management Conference in the spring and the Annual Convention in the fall, the delivery dates for GAWDA’s membership journal have been changed. Look for the 2nd Quarter issue in April; 3rd Quarter in June; 4th Quarter in September. You can also visit for the current and archived issues, as well as updated news stories.

Member News
Member News
Scott Kallman Replaces Bill Kroll as Matheson CEO
Hypertherm Acquires Waterjet Products Company
Brad Mutschler Appointed Bug-O’s Industry Manager for Shipyards
PDI Acquires Williams Alloys & Welding Equipment
Jessica Wolbert Named TrackAbout Project Manager
Jones Named Technical Director at WMS
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News From GAWDA Headquarters

Welcome New Members

GAWDA is pleased to welcome Distributor Member Advanced Gases & Equipment in West Sacramento, CA; and Supplier Member Tier 5 Labs in Naperville, IL.

Register for SMC Now And Save

Early registration is now available for the 2013 Spring Management Conference. To register online now, go here and log in to your account. Enter your own GAWDA account number and passcode, then select Conference Registration. To register via fax or mail, visit the Spring Management Conference homepage and download the Registration form. Send completed forms to Headquarters.

SMC Hotel Room Block

The room block at the Grand Hyatt San Antonio is 60% booked. If you have not made your reservations, please make your reservations today. GAWDA has negotiated a special rate of $225 for single or double occupancy at the Grand Hyatt San Antonio for all attendees and guests. The hotel will honor this rate on a space-available basis until Monday, March 25, 2013. Hotel reservations can be made by phone or online. Make reservations online here.

To make reservation by phone, call 1-888-421-1442. Provide the following information:

  • Name of the Hotel – Grand Hyatt San Antonio
  • Arrival/Departure Date (The rate of $225 is guaranteed on April 14th – 17th. The rate may be extended three days prior/post based on availability)
  • The group name GAWDA to ensure the correct rate is applied

Visit the Spring Management Conference homepage on for more information and to view the conference e-brochure.

GAWDA Foundation Scholarship

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

Professional Compliance Seminar

Professional Compliance Seminars have been posted on GAWDA’s website. More information can be found here.

CGA Subscription Program

The publications for the CGA Subscription Program have been updated. Please visit for more details.

Upcoming Events
February 22-24

RWMA & WEMCO Annual Meeting, Tampa, FL

April 7-8

Regional Meeting, Birmingham, AL

April 7-12

CGA 100th Anniversary Celebration, Scottsdale, AZ

April 15-17

GAWDA Spring Management Conference, San Antonio, TX

A complete list of GAWDA’s regional meeting dates and locations can be found here.

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