April 8, 2012, Member News

Nordan Smith Acquired by Airgas
Radnor, PA — Airgas acquired the assets and operations of Industrial Welding Supplies of Hattiesburg, doing business as Nordan Smith (Hattiesburg, MS). The acquired business, with 17 locations throughout Mississippi, Arkansas and Alabama, generates annual revenues in excess of $30 million. After a transitional period, 6 of the acquired locations will be integrated into the Mid South region of Airgas and 11 will be integrated into the South region. “We are excited to welcome more than 110 Nordan Smith employees to the teams at the South and Mid South regions. Their reputation for exceptional customer service aligns well with Airgas’ customer-centric culture,” says Airgas Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer Michael L. Molinini.
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Fred Thomas

Fred Thomas

ArcOne Appoints Vice President Sales
Taunton, MA – ArcOne Welding and Safety Products promoted Fred Thomas, formerly senior regional sales manager, to vice president sales. Thomas will have responsibility for Canada as well as the Western US and will have more than 23 associates reporting to him.
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Cavagna Appoints Supply Chain Director
Somerset, NJ — Cavagna North America promoted Matt Gimmer to the newly created position of director, supply chain management. This new strategic role supports Cavagna’s expansion into new facilities and the management of its complex forecasting and production logistics required to support significant sales growth in North America. Gimmer most recently served as LPG sales manager for Cavagna. He brings experience in purchasing, coupled with strong analytical skills and knowledge of products, markets and customers.
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SkillsUSA Gets a Boost from Pacific WeldingSkillsUSA Gets a Boost from Pacific Welding
Tacoma, WA — Pacific Welding Supplies supported the SkillsUSA regional welding competition at Green River Community College. Sales rep Ken Mabus solicited donations of welding equipment and accessories from industry vendors to be used as prizes, bringing in around $5,000 in prizes for competing students, one of the largest amounts to date. Pacific Welding donated a plasma cutter valued at $1,200 that went to the first place winner. “Our involvement and the involvement from vendors shows the students that the people in this industry care about what they’re doing,” says Mabus. “I like to show them that there’s more to the industry than just welding—there’s an engineering side, they can work for manufacturers or they can get involved with sales and distributing—there’s so many paths they can take.”
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Linde Names Program Manager
Murray Hill, NJ — Jim Stanley was named program manager, industrial applications, of Linde North America, where he manages the marketing and development of high-tech cryogenic gas solutions for the plastics industry and other markets. He brings 17 years of industrial gas experience to his post, most recently as manager, government and inside sales, at Linde. Stanley earned a B.S. in mechanical engineering from the United States Military Academy at West Point.
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New Website Connects Cross Texas
San Angelo, TX — Cross Texas Supply launched a new website at www.crosstexassupply.com, incorporating e-commerce service, detailed information on the company’s Certified Repair Center, company background, profiles of associates and service technicians, and a company newsletter. Customers can easily see the company’s product lines and get directions to the company’s new headquarters, or find the company’s distribution partners. The addition of social media icons allow customers to connect on Facebook, where they can interact and view photos of Cross Texas Supply’s new facility through various stages of construction.
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Taylor-Wharton Joins Fight against Breast Cancer
Mechanicsburg, PA — Taylor-Wharton launched the “Taylor-Wharton Partners for Life” achievement program, which will support varying medical research fields each year. The inaugural campaign aims to support the ongoing challenge of finding a cure for breast cancer with the donation of a LABS20K cryogenic freezer, valued at $22,000. Researchers in North America will be asked to submit a narrative on their work to find a cure for breast cancer and how this freezer could benefit the search. A panel of 6 professionals in the cancer research field will determine the recipient of the cryogenic freezer.
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John Wiseman

John Wiseman

MWS’ John Wiseman Remembered
John Wiseman, 63, was purchasing manager at Mississippi Welders Supply Company in Winona, MN, where he worked for 29 years. Mr. Wiseman started at Mississippi Welders as counter sales for the company’s Rochester, MN, branch in 1983 and quickly worked his way up to purchasing manager.

Mr. Wiseman was known by co-workers and supplier partners as a professional and as a friend. He loved life and was able to see the positive side of any situation. Prior to his passing, Mississippi Welders held a golf outing for Mr. Wiseman’s benefit, and received an outpouring of support from suppliers for the event.

Before joining Mississippi Welders, Mr. Wiseman served in the Marine Corps from 1968 to 1971, during which time he was deployed to Okinawa, Japan. He continued in the Marine Corps Reserve until 1973. He worked for a plumbing company and for a freight company, an experience which informed his in-depth understanding of shipping product efficiently.

Mr. Wiseman loved the outdoors and was a lifetime member of Bass Masters. At company outings, he always took time out of his busy schedule to take on the role of grill master. He is survived by his wife, Laurie, three children and two grandchildren.

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