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Gases and Welding Distributors Association (GAWDA) February 23, 2013
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A Semi-Monthly Newsletter for Gases and Welding Distributors Association Members
In This Issue
•  Move to Self Management
•  Congress on Helium
•  Scholarships Available
•  Member News
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
•  DOT Launches Free App Featuring Emergency Response Guidebook
•  Notice on Recreational Use of Marijuana by Transportation Workers
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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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Suppliers want to make sure their distributors make money.
Read “Suppliers Navigate 2013”

Featured Articles
Association Sets Stage for Independence Association Sets Stage for Independence

After much reflection and due diligence, the GAWDA Board of Directors has decided to move forward in the direction of self-management.  For the first time in its almost 70-year history, the association is in a unique position from a financial and operational standpoint to be autonomous. GAWDA President Craig Wood, Executive Director John Ospina and AWS Executive Director Ray Shook answer questions about the upcoming transition. Read more »

GAWDA Submits Comments on Helium Legislation

GAWDA submitted comments to the House Natural Resources Committee for a February 14 hearing on H.R. 527, a bill to complete the private sale of the Federal Helium Reserve. GAWDA’s comments focused the effect of “winner take all” auctions on long-term contracts with suppliers and customers.  GAWDA members need to contact their members of Congress. Read more, including the GAWDA statement introduced into the record at the hearing,  GAWDA Government Affairs Consultant Rick Schweitzer’s talking points for contacting members of Congress, an explanation of the bill from the House Natural Resources Committee, and a site with contact information for members of Congress. Read more »

Now Available – Fifteen $2,000 GAWDA Foundation Scholarships

Act now, and let GAWDA help you achieve your educational goals for a brighter future. Fifteen $2,000 scholarships will be awarded in April 2013. The GAWDA Foundation created these scholarships to benefit the children and employees of active GAWDA member companies. Deadline for entry is March 1, 2013. Don’t delay, apply today!  For more information and eligibility requirements, visit

PHMSA Sets Out Priorities for 2013

At a recent meeting of the Interested Parties for Hazardous Materials Transportation, Magdy El-Sibaie, associate administrator for hazardous materials safety at the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA), set out the agency’s priorities for this year. First, he stated that PHMSA was working on conversion of longstanding special permits into the Hazardous Materials Regulations. Read more »

Member News
Member News
  Gas Supply Impact from Explosion in LaPorte, Texas
Willink Joins Arcon as Director of Sales
Alternative Fuel Partnership between Cavagna and Bigas
Airgas to Build Liquid Carbon Dioxide Plant in Houston Metropolitan Area
Inweld Names Finance Manager
University of Alabama Becomes Taylor-Wharton’s Partner For Life
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News From GAWDA Headquarters

Welcome New Members

Welcome to new Distributor Members LN2 Gas & Supply in Romeo, MI; Industrial Machine & Welding Supply in Brooksville, FL; and new Supplier Members Zephyr Solutions in Avon, OH; and Powerweld in Valparaiso, IN.

GAWDA Membership Renewal

Have you renewed your Membership dues for 2013? The 2013 GAWDA Membership Directory is being developed and only GAWDA members who are current in dues will be included. The Directory is one of the valuable benefits of membership, putting your information directly in the hands of the industry. Why miss out on this opportunity? Renew today!  For more information on your renewal, please contact Cecilia Barbier at or by phone at 877-382-6440 ext. 2.

Update Your Membership Directory Listing

Development of the 2013 GAWDA Membership Directory is in full swing. Your Company listing is important, and we want to make sure it is correct in the 2013 Directory. Please take a look at your listing online and make sure it is up to date. To update, log on to your company account (this is not the individual login, rather the corporate level login) and on the link “Update my Company/Directory Listing.” If you have any questions regarding your listing or your account access, please contact Cecilia Barbier at

SMC Sponsorship

For the 2013 Spring Management Conference, GAWDA is offering a variety of sponsorship opportunities. If you are interested in sponsorship opportunities, please contact Natasha Alexis at or 877-382-6440 ext. 1.

Professional Compliance

The Professional Compliance Seminar will cover FDA, DOT, OSHA and Workers’ Comp Compliance.  Information and registration forms can be found on the GAWDA Consultant seminar page.

2013 Regional Meetings

Birmingham, AL April 7-8
Biloxi, MS May 8-9
Atlantic City, NJ May 29-30
Seven Springs, PA June 12-13
Oregon, OH July 10-11
Cle Elum, WA July 24-25
Chicago, IL August 1
N. Stonington, CT August 13
Kansas City, MO September 30-October 1
Gettysburg, PA October 27-28

A list of GAWDA’s Regional Meeting locations and contact information can be found here.

Upcoming Events
March 17-22

Pittcon Expo, New Orleans, LA

April 7-8

GAWDA Regional Meeting, Birmingham, AL

April 7-12

CGA 100th Anniversary Celebration, Scottsdale, AZ

April 15-17

GAWDA Spring Management Conference, San Antonio, TX

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