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Gases and Welding Distributors Association (GAWDA) May 8, 2013
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A Semi-Monthly Newsletter for Gases and Welding Distributors Association Members
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Member News
SMC Presentations
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Safety & Compliance
PHMSA Increases Maximum Penalties for Hazmat Violations
The Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration has increased the maximum civil penalties for violations of the Hazardous Materials Regulations. 78 Federal Register 22798 (April 17, 2013). As required by Congress in last year's highway legislation, for violations that occurred on or after October 1, 2012, the maximum civil penalty for a knowing violation is now $75,000. However, the maximum civil penalty is $175,000 for a violation that results in death, serious illness or severe injury to any person or substantial destruction of property. In addition, there is no longer a minimum civil penalty amount, except that the minimum civil penalty amount of $450 applies to a violation relating to training.
Liquid N2 Hazard Alert
CGA alerts food and beverage industry to liquid N2 hazards...Read More »
Most Viewed Content

A look at the Federal Helium Reserve and what Congress is doing about it. Read More »

Featured Articles
Think Big!

House Passes Helium Legislation; Senate Bill Would Protect Contracts

GAWDA General Counsel Rick Schweitzer has been following the proceedings in Congress regarding helium legislation. On April 26, the U.S. House of Representatives passed H.R. 527, a bill to reauthorize the sale of helium from the Federal Helium Reserve. The vote was 394-1. On May 7, hearings began in the Senate. GAWDA members are urged to contact their Senators to support passage of S. 783...Read More »

GAWDA Successfully Presses PHMSA to Reduce Registration Fees
The Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) is lowering the registration fees for registration year 2013–14 for all persons, as defined in PHMSA regulations, that transport or offer for transportation in commerce certain categories and quantities of hazardous materials... Read More »

GAWDA Gives Back Recipients Selected in Orlando
This year, GAWDA is giving back to two organizations in Orlando, FL, that are dedicated to helping children with life-threatening illnesses: Camp Boggy Creek and Give Kids the World. Read about these two groups here.

Member News
Member News

Member News

Member News

Central Welding Supply Enhances Distribution Network


Butler Gas Products Expands Specialty Gas Capabilities


Lucas Milhaupt Acquires Wolverine Joining Technologies


Cee Kay Supply Hosts Mini Weld Show


Worthington Plans $3.5M Expansion
News From GAWDA

Birmingham Regional Gets Season Off to Big Start

109 people attended the first Regional Meeting of the season in Birmingham, Alabama. Speakers included Thomas DeCarlo, Ph.D., dean of the School of Industrial Distribution; Linde's Bob VanKirk, who provided an overview of the industrial gas market; and Brian Barksdale, CPA, managing partner at Carr, Riggs & Ingram who gave advice on how to reduce the chance of an audit.


SMC Sessions Online

Thank you to all members who attended the 2013 Spring Management Conference in San Antonio, TX. Presentations from speakers during the Business Session are available on the members' only section of the GAWDA website. Contact with questions.

Save the Date!

GAWDA's 2013 Annual Convention will be held in Orlando, Florida, from September 15 through September 18 at the beautiful JW Marriot Hotel at Grande Lakes.See the schedule here

Welcome New Members

Distributors Industrial Gases Limited located in Trinidad & Tobago,and Primary Gas Solutions of Orange, CA. along with Supplier Reis Robotics USA of Elgin, IL recently joined GAWDA. More information about benefits can be found at

Upcoming Events
May 13-14

Biloxi, MS Regional Meeting

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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