April 23 Member News

Gas and Air Forms Joint Venture
Hellertown, PA — Gas and Air Systems formed a joint venture with Hamworthy Compressor Systems to market, sell, engineer and build compressed natural gas (CNG) refueling stations to the alternative fuel market in North America. The new entity will focus the fleet services market, which includes airports, corporate service vehicles, rental cars and school buses. The designs will permit stations to provide both slow and fast fill capabilities with synergies between compression service and storage.
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Local students took part in a welding competition and job fair.

Ozarc Holds Weld-A-Thon
Cape Girardeau, MO — Ozarc Gas hosted its 2nd Annual Weld-A-Thon in conjunction with Arkansas State University Technical Center. 28 students competed in a welding competition, which was judged by weld tech engineers from local industry. The event featured a job fair with representatives from industry suppliers and local employers. Ozarc supplied gases, welding and cutting consumables, and prizes, along with employee volunteers to help run the event. Says Ozarc Sales Rep Nick Garner, “We have been involved with the ASU technical center for years. We started the Weld-A-Thon not only to drive the students to compete, but to show them that there are jobs out there, that the industry is alive and well. They get to see that it’s not just manual welding, but also things like robotics and virtual training.”
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ESAB Relocates Manufacturing Plant
Florence, SC — ESAB Welding & Cutting Products will open a new manufacturing facility in Union County, SC, to manufacture its line of MIG and sub arc welding wire. The company intends to invest significant capital into the 250,000 sq. foot facility and employ more than 100 employees. Initial lines are planned to be in production by the end of 2011. The new location will provide improvements to the manufacturing process that will increase ESAB’s ability to deliver welding wire to its growing customer base. This commitment to relocate and invest considerable new capital in this business will result in the phasing out and eventual closing of production at ESAB’s Ashtabula, OH, facility.
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Maine Oxy Showroom

Maine Oxy’s new showroom in Milford, MA, is suited for an increase in walk-in traffic.

Maine Oxy Moves Southborough Store
Auburn, ME — Maine Oxy-Acetylene Supply Company relocated its Southborough, MA, branch to a new 12,000 sq. ft. location in Milford, MA. “We were off the beaten path before,” says Marketing Manager Bob Smith, who looks forward to increased walk-in traffic. Maine Oxy’s new location features a spruced-up showroom. “We looked at the trends in showrooms and realized we needed a bigger showroom. To increase space, we are using slot walls instead of gondolas.” The company plans to showcase pieces from its school of blacksmithing throughout the showroom.
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Chart Acquires Thermoacoustic Developer
Garfield Heights, OH — Chart Industries completed the acquisition of Clever Fellows Innovation Consortium (CFIC). CFIC, based in Troy, NY, develops and manufactures thermoacoustic technology products for cryogenic, heat transfer and related applications. Thermoacoustic technology converts acoustic sound waves into energy to heat or cool products. CFIC’s products include cryocoolers, power transducers and cryodrives for the medical, military and natural gas processing industries. CFIC will operate as part of Chart’s biomedical business segment.
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After welding together this blue heron out of salvaged materials, Heath Wells and Dave Teson used a flap wheel to bring out the shine. A torch provided the colorful tint.

Cee Kay Turns Trash into Art
St. Louis, MO — Cee Kay Supply teamed up with local artists taking part in St. Louis’ Clean Stream event, providing welding and plasma cutting equipment and gases to turn trash into art. As part of the event, Stream Trash Art project participants salvaged metal picked up from local streams and used it to create eco-art. Teams of local artists converged at a local park to create pieces that were either auctioned off to support the cause or donated and displayed in community park areas. Cee Kay’s Heath Wells, regional vice president of sales, and Dave Teson, area manager, teamed up to weld a blue heron sculpture, which was donated to Lake St. Louis Parks. In all, 267 volunteers collected 15,000 lbs. of trash.
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Airgas Earns Safety Awards
Radnor, PA — Airgas received two fleet safety awards from the Compressed Gas Association (CGA). The Bulk Gas Transportation award recognizes best safety record among bulk gas fleets with more than 20 million miles driven during 2010. The Cylinder Gas Transportation award recognizes the best safety record among cylinder gas fleets with more than 3 million miles driven during 2010.
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Tom Barnhart

Tom Barnhart

Barnhart Joins Kaplan Industries
Maple Shade, NJ — Kaplan Industries named Tom Barnhart as Southeast sales manager. Barnhart brings more than 10 years of experience in the industrial gas business and looks forward to serving the cylinder needs of the GAWDA community.
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Continuous Improvement at Cyl-Tec
Aurora, IL — Cyl-Tec will implement a new company-wide continuous improvement (CI) process. Tom Bennett, VP and general manager, says, “We are excited to work on developing a long-term and meaningful continuous improvement approach at Cyl-Tec. Those companies that have dedicated themselves to staying with the implementation process are enjoying dramatic breakthroughs in reducing process waste, achieving higher moral and employee involvement, increasing customer satisfaction and creating ergonomically safer work environments.”
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Joe Silverthorne

Joe Silverthorne

CU Hires Sales Manager
Billings, MT —Joe Silverthorne was named sales manager for Computers Unlimited. Silverthorne brings more than 7 years of experience in selling enterprise-wide application software and computer systems.
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