October 1, 2013 – Member News

Andrew M. Castiglione

Andrew M. Castiglione

WestAir Adds Sales Manager in Los Angeles
WestAir Gases & Equipment, Inc. has named Andrew M. Castiglione as sales manager for the greater Los Angeles area. Castiglione started with WestAir full time in 2008 after graduating from the University of Arizona. He started in production, working through the ranks to his current role. General Manager Steve Byers says, “Andy makes an excellent addition to our Executive team, and we look forward to his contributions in our new Anaheim, CA, facility.”

Taylor-Wharton International Announces Trademark Updates

Taylor WhartonTaylor-Wharton International has launched an updated version of its logo, which represents more than 80 years of global brand equity. Taylor-Wharton will phase out its current logo that has been in use since 2009. Eric M. Rottier, CEO of Taylor Wharton, commented, “Our traditional logo is recognized around the world with roots back to the first seamless high pressure cylinders manufactured in North America. The updated look maintains a connection to our heritage and incorporates a more modern flare representing our progressive culture.”

In addition, TW Cryogenics has launched business unit branding for its three global operating platforms: CryoIndustrial which focues on industrial gas applications; CryoLNG, which focuses on LNG applications; and CryoScience, which focuses on cryopreservation, cold storage and animal husbandry applications. “Taylor-Wharton serves three distinct markets,” says Rottier. “Each market has a unique set of customers , products and drivers that require dedicated global focus. Our business unit brands

Taylor-Wharton recently relocated its corporate headquarters to Minnetonka, MN.

‘ILMO Week’ Continues Year-Long Celebration

ILMO celebrates 100th with the St. Louis Cardinals

ILMO celebrates 100th with the St. Louis Cardinals

ILMO Products Company continued its year-long 100th Anniversary celebration with an Employee Appreciation party on September 13-14 in St. Louis, MO. Staff designated the week leading up to this event “ILMO Week” and employees at all 10 locations participated in company spirit and community-building activities, ending with a half-day on Friday to allow all employees to travel to Busch Stadium for a St. Louis Cardinals game and night out in St. Louis. Proudly through their ILMO Week efforts, employees raised and donated nearly 700 needed food items and money to their local food pantries to help their communities this fall.

CEO Linda Standley and President Brad Floreth have been planning for this event since last year with a special Anniversary task force of volunteers, choosing to focus on an event that would thank employees and build excitement for the company’s future. In addition to the food drive, ILMO Week consisted of staff lunches, 100th anniversary t-shirts for all employees, show-your-spirit challenges and a car decorating contest, all for fun, and few prizes, including a chance to walk on the field during batting practice at Busch Stadium. “From our earliest days, ILMO has supported the communities in which we live and work, so including a benefit for our food pantries was a great addition to ILMO Week” says Standley. “We were thrilled to be able to gather everyone, have a little fun, and show our appreciation for their hard work while also celebrating the results of generations dedicated to making ILMO a success.”

Airgas Carbonic Signs Long-Term Liquid CO2 Agreement

Airgas Carbonic, a subsidiary of Airgas, has signed a long-term agreement for the supply of liquid CO2 from Fox River Valley Ethanol’s recently acquired plant in Oshkosh, WI. Under the terms of the agreement, Airgas Carbonic will market food and beverage-grade liquid CO2 co-products from the plant, which is expected to begin production in October and yield 250 tons per day of liquid CO2.

Airgas Carbonic has partnered with Fox River Valley Ethanol’s parent company, Ace Ethanol, for the past decade to market the liquid CO2 co-product from Ace’s ethanol plant in Stanley, WI. Phil Filer, president of Airgas Carbonic, says, “This additional supply source will further strengthen our liquid CO2 network and provide enhanced supply reliability to our food and beverage, as well as our industrial, bulk gas customers in the Midwest.”

“Ethanol plants are an important source of liquid CO2 in the Midwest,” says Neal Kemmet, president and general manager of Fox River Valley Ethanol, “and we look forward to beginning production at our plant in Oshkosh and providing the liquid CO2 co-product that will help serve the needs of the many large users in the region.”

Airgas maintains eight liquid CO2 production plants throughout the United States. The new agreement represents Airgas’ third liquid CO2 source in Wisconsin, joining its sources in Stanley and Jefferson.

Victor Technologies Realigns Tweco Brand

Victor Technologies is positioning Tweco as its single brand for specialty welding products and arc accessories. Starting with the Tweco Fabricator 3-in-1 welding machines and continuing throughout the

entire Thermal Arc product line, all welding products will transition to the Tweco brand. The new brand mark and trade dress have already been introduced with Tweco MIG guns and arc accessories.

Welding power supplies will now be added, with all current Thermal Arc units transitioning to a sleek black design and prominent Tweco branding.

This latest announcement is part of the company’s strategy to leverage the strength of its global brand portfolio. Last year, the company changed its name to Victor Technologies, aligning all of its cutting and gas control products under the Victor brand. According to Victor Technologies’ President Martin Quinn, the realignment leverages the company’s two strongest brands in the market, Victor and Tweco.

In bestowing the award this morning at the organization’s annual convention, GAWDA president Craig Wood cited Mr. Couch’s passion and dedication to improving the gas and welding industry, calling it an honor to have worked with Mr. Couch over the course of his career. “The progress we make as an organization is a result of volunteers and members like Mr. Couch who work hard every day to advance our mission.”

Gases and Welding Distributors Association