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Gases and Welding Magazine Update

Thursday, February 25th, 2010

Since it’s been a while since this blog has been updated, I thought I’d fill all of you in on what’s going on with GAWDA Edge. In case you didn’t already know, last week the February issue of the magazine hit the Web. The title of the issue is “GAWDA At The Games,” and it features stories about how GAWDA members, and the gases and welding industry in general are impacting the Games.

One article that you might find particularly interesting is the piece on Lincoln Electric’s involvement with the United States’ Olympic bobsled team. Lincoln was an integral part of a partnership that also included Nascar racer Geoff Bodine and stock-car fabricator Chassis Dynamics. If you haven’t yet, head over to www.gawdaedge.org to find out more.

As far as next month goes, I’m working on a great article. It’s about Air Liquide’s Christopher Guest and his quest to climb Mount Everest. I’m nearly finished with it now and I’ll update in a few days with a longer preview of the article. As always, if there’s anything you would like to see in the magazine, don’t hesitate to let me know!

Gases and Welding Industry Blog Makes Triumphant Return

Tuesday, February 23rd, 2010

Throughout the last century, there have been some incredible comebacks. There was Elvis’ 1968 comeback show when the King returned and proved he still had it. There was George Foreman returning to boxing at the age of 45 and winning the heavyweight crown. Of course, who could forget when the woefully inept Boston Red Sox franchise came back from 3 games down to defeat the legendary New York Yankees in the ALCS? Well, gases and welding fans, it’s time to add another entry to that list. The GAWDA Edge Editor’s Blog is now back in business.


There has been one major change, though, it’s under new management. The previous author is no longer involved and I will be taking over. So, who am I? I’m glad you asked.


My name is Dan Vest, and as some of you know, I’m the editor of GAWDA Edge. At 25 years old, I—like most of you—qualify as a young professional. I graduated from The Ohio State University in 2007 (which explains my policy prohibiting comments from readers in Michigan), and I have been writing about the gases and welding industry since 2008.


Right now the plan for this blog is to feature news as well as opinions, observations, occasional insights and questions. I plan on updating this thing several  times a week as I’m working on stories and talking to members, so be sure to check in often!


I’ve been involved with the industry for a while now, but all of you are still the experts. That means there might be a time or two where I say something that doesn’t quite add up. That’s where you come in. If I say something ridiculous (and I will), let me know. If I’m ignoring a gas and or welding issue that deserves some attention, speak up. If you want to participate in the magazine or the blog, let me know. If you’re lonely and need someone to talk to, I’ll be here for that too.


Basically, what I’m trying to say is that as wildly talented as I am, it’s still going to take all of you participating to help this blog reach its full potential. So sit back, enjoy the blog, and if you’ve got anything to say, speak up!