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Gases and Welding Distributors Association (GAWDA) June 23, 2013
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A Semi-Monthly Newsletter for Gases and Welding Distributors Association Members
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Cylinder Company Shut Down
Member News
Upcoming Convention
Upcoming Events
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Members of the United States Armed Forces serve their country in times of peace and conflict, continuing a long tradition of honor and pride. Whether training at a domestic Reserve camp or being deployed halfway around the globe, these men and women display commitment and determination to protect the United States of America. The experience gained by these soldiers is helping them while on active duty and in Reserve units. Conversely, these service men and women have also benefited from their military experience when returning home to civilian careers. Whether welding tank armor in the desert or running a fill plant at home, the service of these individuals to our country and to our industry is a mark of honor and pride. We honor those who have fought and are fighting for our freedom, and we salute these brave and generous men and women of GAWDA companies.
Read about those who have or are serving our country.

Retester Pleads Guilty
On May 14, 2013, Aaron David Beauchesne, former owner of Beauchesne Fire Equipment (BFE), pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court, in Boston, MA, for his role in violating federal hazardous materials regulations relating to the testing and requalification of compressed gas cylinders. Nearly 6,000 cylinders, such as those used in hospitals, were stamped with a re-tester identification number (RIN) indicating required hydrostatic testing had been completed when it had not.
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Cylinder Company Shut Down
Cylinder Company PHMSA was notified by The Lite Cylinder Company that it is no longer in business and the company's facility is now closed and unable to receive cylinders returned per the Recall Order issued on May 24, 2013. The direction from PHMSA is to quarantine these cylinders until additional guidance on their disposal is provided. Read more here.

Newsletter Delivery Date Changes
GAWDA's e-newsletter, the GAWDA Connection, brings you news from around the industry and association every two weeks. Beginning July 15, the newsletter delivery date will move to the 1st and 15th of the month. Look for it in your in-box first thing in the morning. If you have news to share, let us know.

Member News
Member News America Fortune Opens Site on West Coast

Tech Air Opens Retail Location in Stratford, CT

Zephyr Brings Production Home

Airgas Changes South Division Leadership

Eric Laubach Promoted
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News From Gawda

Welcome New Members
GAWDA welcomes new Supplier Members Cyltex, LLC of Houston, TX; National Standard of Niles, MI; and Fronius USA of Portage, IN.

Make Your Hotel Reservations for the Upcoming Convention
GAWDA's Annual Convention will take place at the JW Marriott Orlando Grande Lake on September 15 through 18 ) in Orlando, Florida. Room rate is $219 plus taxes. Accommodations can be booked two ways: online with a credit card or by calling 800-266-9432. Mention the Gases and Welding Distributors Association.

Since Last We Met
GAWDA Headquarters seeks your help in honoring those we have lost over the past year. Please forward any information for the "In Memoriam" section of Since Last We Met, a retrospective that plays during the Opening General Business Session, to Natasha Alexis at

100+ Attend Biloxi Regional
The Regional Meeting held in Biloxi, MS, on May 13 and 14 attracted 110 people to the Beau Rivage Resort & Casino. GAWDA Past President Jenny McCall, president of Wesco Gas & Welding Supply (Prichard, AL), offered an update on GAWDA news. Speakers focused on "The Workplace" and included Aaron Beam ("Morals in the Workplace") and Patti Vanderpool, "Humor in the Workplace." A Four-Man Scramble took place at the Fallen Oaks Golf Course. Gregg Waltman was Closest to Pin with a hole in one; Longest Drive by Curt Rocha; 1st Place, 1st Flight won by Dave Abe, Charlie Baselice, David Dewey, Shane Dilling; 1st Place, 2nd Flight won by Gary Degenhardt, Chuck Riedel, Greg Testa, Gary Jones.

Upcoming Events
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

Visit the GAWDA website for more information on the Regional Meetings.

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