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Gases and Welding Distributors Association (GAWDA) March 23, 2013
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A Semi-Monthly Newsletter for Gases and Welding Distributors Association Members
In This Issue
•  SMC Need to Know
•  Member News
•  Jerry Clay Obituary
•  Upcoming Events
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The Advanced Gravimetric Mixture Filling course is designed for specialty gas mixture personnel who are already comfortable making gravimetric mixtures and who need advanced training. It is a 2.5-day lecture with hands-on lab exercises. Read More »

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Welcome New Members

GAWDA welcomes Distributor Aero ALL-GAS Co. of Hartford, CT, and Suppliers Cryofab and Xiris Automation.


GAWDA Mourns Loss of Jerry Clay

Jerry ClayGerald "Jerry" Clay, 75, passed away February 4, 2013, after complications from surgery. After serving in the US Army, Mr. Clay was hired by Miller Welding Supply in Grand Rapids, Michigan, in 1961, where he worked in the warehouse and as a driver. He immediately fell in love with the welding industry, and it wasn't long before the owners saw real potential in him. Mr. Clay became sole owner of the business in the early 1970s. He was well-versed in all welding applications and was invited to be a judge at the National Vocational School Welding Competition. He served on advisory boards for Hobart Brothers and The Lincoln Electric Company and was a member of GAWDA and AWS. Mr. Clay could walk in the front door of a business and interact with owners, presidents and CEOs, yet could just as easily walk in the back door, roll up his sleeves and start an arc with a welder on the shop floor. Well known for his skills in the kitchen, he loved to cook for customers and employees and after his retirement in 2003, continued to cook and serve a meal each week for employees. Mr. Clay is survived by his wife, Toni; their children, Michael, LeeAnn and Patrick, who all work at the company, several grandchildren and a great-grandchild.


Upcoming Events
April 7-8

Birmingham, AL Regional Meeting

April 7-12

CGA 100th Anniversary Celebration, Scottsdale, AZ

April 15-17

GAWDA Spring Management Conference, San Antonio, TX

May 13-14

Biloxi, MS Regional Meeting (DATE CHANGE)

May 29-30

Atlantic City, NJ Regional Meeting

June 12-13

Seven Springs, PA Regional Meeting

July 10-11

Oregon, OH Regional Meeting

July 24-26

Cle Elum, WA Regional Meeting

August 1

Chicago, IL Regional Meeting

August 13

N. Stonington, CT Regional Meeting

August 27-28

Gettysburg, PA Regional Meeting

Sept 15-18

GAWDA Annual Convention, Orlando, FL

Sept 30-Oct 1

Kansas City, MO Regional Meeting

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