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Gases and Welding Distributors Association (GAWDA) August 15, 2013
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A Semi-Monthly Newsletter for Gases and Welding Distributors Association Members
In This Issue
FMCSA Enforcement
Convention Update
Member News
Upcoming Events
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New ideas, hot trends, valuable connections and great opportunities. That's what you'll find at FABTECH. With 1,500 exhibitors, it's the go-to place to see and learn what's new in metal fabricating and welding. Learn more.

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The mission of General Welding Supply's Emergency Response Plan is to ensure the supply continuity of life-saving medical gases in the event of an emergency. During Hurricane Sandy in 2012, that plan was put to the test and medical oxygen was supplied to nearly every hospital on Long Island for five full days. Here's how they did it...


Featured Articles
Annual Convention Speakers

Welcome New Members

The following businesses recently joined GAWDA: Distributor Pure Air, located in George Town, Cayman Islands; and Suppliers Steelmax Tools of Englewood, CO; Global Specialty Gases of Bethlehem, PA; and MiJA Industries of Rockland, MA.

GAWDA Convention Adds Off-site Activities

There's more to Orlando than Disney World and theme parks. See what GAWDA President Craig Wood has arranged for attendees to the Annual Convention. Fishing, boating, flying, airboats and more... Read more

FMCSA Clarifies That Both Types of Short Haul Drivers Are Not Subject To Rest Break Requirement

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has released a new enforcement policy clarifying that, effective August 2, the hours of service 30-minute rest break requirement does NOT apply to either of the two categories of short haul drivers (see 49 CFR Sections 395.1(e)(1) and (e)(2)). The recent U.S. Court of Appeals decision which vacated the rest break requirements for short-haul drivers created some confusion by only speaking specifically to one of the two categories of short haul drivers - non-CDL holders who operate within a 150-mile radius of their work-reporting location.

FMCSA's new enforcement policy states that the Agency and its state enforcement partners will immediately cease enforcement of the 30-minute rest break provision of the HOS rule against all short-haul operations. This includes the aforementioned non-CDL holders using the exemption under 395.1(e)(2) AND drivers of any CMV (both CDL and non-CDL) operating within a 100 air-mile radius and using the exemption under 395.1(e)(1).

Also, FMCSA will also be initiating a rulemaking to include text in the HOS regulations specifically noting that the 30-minute break provisions do not apply to short haul drivers.

Member News


Member News

Chart Celebrates Anniversary at New Prague

Helium Extracted from Federal Lands

Airgas Changes Leadership in South Region and Airgas Refrigerants

Koike Aronson Expands

Hardface Technologies Expands Sales Force

Two Promotions at Chart Distribution & Storage Group
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GAWDA Gives Back

President Craig A. Wood selected two charities to be the recipients of donated funds to the 2013 GAWDA Gives Back Campaign. Both charities, Camp Boggy Creek and Give Kids the World, give children with life-threatening illnesses a chance to forget the doctors and medicine and remember what it's like to be a kid again. For more information on the charities and to download the donation form, visit

Sponsorship Opportunities

A few more sponsorship categories are available. If you are interested in sponsorship opportunities, please contact Natasha Alexis at or 877-382-6440 ext 1.

Tours and Activities for GAWDA Members

GAWDA has partnered with a Destination Management Company to offer members fun-filled tours and activities. On Monday September 16, an adventurous airboat ride and Winter Park cultural tour with lots of shopping are being offered. On Wednesday, iFLY, a state-of-the-art vertical wind tunnel will be offered, along with a repeat of the Winter Park cultural tour.

For more information visit

Upcoming Events
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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